Posted in 2014-2015 Club, Not Mock Newbery

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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2 thoughts on “New Kid, by Tim Green

  1. This book was fantastic!!!! I love the way Tim Green mixed sports excitement with action packed adventure making an amazing story.

  2. This book starts when a boy called Tommy is in the middle of a baseball game and his father marches onto the field and tells him that they have to go. Tommy, knowing that this is serious, gets into to car with his father, where he tells Tommy that they have to move again and that they have to change their identities again—meaning that they’ve done this many times before. Tommy decides to rename himself Brock, and he and his father move to a new town, where Brock is yet again the new kid at school.
    This book focuses heavily on baseball, and although I’m fine with sports, a book just about baseball would be hard for me to finish. Luckily, although baseball is, as I said, a central part of the plot, there are other things going on in Brock’s life. He’s very tentative to make friends, because he and his father always have to move again on a moment’s notice. However, when he meets a girl named Bella, he finds himself becoming friends with her even though he tries not to.
    I found the characters to be very weak in this book. Brock himself was very one-dimensional. I didn’t know what made him tick, all I knew was that he liked baseball and he moved a lot. He got angry sometimes and sad sometimes, just like everybody, but he never showed much deep emotion at all, and that made the book hard to get through. I found that he whined a lot and felt sorry for himself, which seemed to be a recurring theme in the book. Bella was nice enough, but she didn’t have much of a personality. Quite honestly, the most well-developed character was the “bad kid,” Nagel. He actually had motivations and feelings, however misguided they may have been.
    I did like the element of mystery brought on by Brock’s father, who is hinted throughout the book at being some kind of criminal. That part of the plot was never fully resolved, and that added a kind of suspense even after the book was over.
    All-in-all, I don’t believe this book is distinguished enough for the Mock Newbery, but I would recommend it to fifth graders and up, particularly if they like baseball.

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