The Contract, by Derek Jeter

Summary:  In Kalamazoo, Michigan, eight-year-old Derek Jeter, who dreams of playing for the New York Yankees, learns what it takes to be a champion on and off the field.

Aladdin

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

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