New Kid, by Tim Green

New KidSummary:  A troubled kid finds his bearings in a new school after a baseball coach offers him a spot on the team.

Harper

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Say It Ain’t So, by Josh Berk

Say It Aint SoSummary:  Lenny gets jealous when Mike makes the school baseball team, but together they and Other Mike stumble upon a stealing signals scandal that could go further up than anyone knows.

Knopf

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Screaming at the Ump, by Audrey Vernick

Screaming at the UmpSummary:   Casey lives and breathes baseball. Casey’s dream, however, is to be a reporter—objective, impartial, and fair, just like an ump. But when he stumbles upon a sensational story involving a former major league player in exile, he finds that the ethics of publishing it are cloudy at best. This emotionally charged coming-of-age novel about baseball, divorce, friendship, love, and compassion challenges its readers to consider all the angles before calling that strike.

Clarion

 

Little League District Double Header, by Matt Christopher

Little League District Double HeaderSummary:  Liam is faced with having to prove himself all over again to his new teammates. Carter, on the other hand, is having his best season ever. His pitches are unstoppable and it looks like his team might just sweep the competition. That is, until a new pitcher hits the scene.

Little, Brown

Strike Three You’re Dead, by Josh Berk

Strike Three Youre DeadSummary: Lenny Norbeck and his friends The Mikes set out to investigate the suspicious death of a young pitcher at a Phillies game.

Knopf

Fenway Fever, by John Ritter

Summary:   “Stats” Pagano may have been born with a heart defect, but he lives for three things: his family’s hot dog stand right outside fabled Fenway Park, his beloved Red Sox, and any baseball statistic imaginable. When the family can no longer make ends meet with the hot dog stand, life becomes worrisome for Stats. Then the Sox go on a long losing streak and the team’s ace pitcher–and Stats’s idol–becomes convinced the famed Curse of the Bambino has returned. Stats just has to help . . . but how? As the Sox faithful sour on their team, Stats forms a plan that ultimately unifies an entire city and proves that true loyalty has a magic all its own.

Philomel

Hothead, by Cal Ripken, Jr.

Summary:  Connor is an All-Star shortstop on his Babe Ruth team, but he’s got one big problem: his temper. His coach is ready to kick him off the team. To make matters worse, things aren’t much better at home. His dad is having trouble finding a new job after being laid off. When the sports editor of the school paper threatens to do a big story on his tantrums – complete with embarassing photos – Connor realizes he has to clean up his act.

Disney Hyperion

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Stars in the Shadows: the Negro league all-star game of 1934, by Charles Smith

Summary:   Come step back into 1934 in Chicago to see the best of the best Negro League players take each other on in this All-Star Game. This exhilarating play-by-play is  a complete imagining of the radio broadcast of that thrilling game. You’ll meet the legendary players, step into the stands with the fans, and even hear the radio commercials!

Atheneum

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A Diamond in the Desert, by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

Summary:  After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, thirteen-year-old Tetsu and his family are sent to the Gila River Relocation Center in Arizona where a fellow prisoner starts a baseball team, but when Tetsu’s sister becomes ill and he feels responsible, he stops playing.

Viking

Plunked, by Michael Northrup

Summary: Sixth-grader Jack Mogens loses his nerve after getting hit by a pitch, and has to dig deep within himself to avoid giving up the sport he loves.

Scholastic

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Best of the Best: a Baseball Great Novel, by Tim Green

Summary:  Determined to play in the Little League World Series, twelve-year-old Josh struggles to concentrate on his game and be the team’s leader while also trying to cope with his parents’ impending divorce.

Harper

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Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park

Keeping Score - coverSummary: In Brooklyn in 1951, a die-hard Giants fan teaches nine-year-old Maggie, who is a “Bums” (Dodgers) fan, how to use a technique to keep score of a baseball game which creates a special friendship between them. 202 p., Clarion Books.

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