The Only Game, by Mike Lupica

Summary: Sixth grade is supposed to be the year that Jack Callahan would lead his team to a record-shattering season and the Little League World Series, but after the death of his brother he loses interest in baseball and only Cassie, star of the girls’ softball team, seems to understand.

Simon and Schuster

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The Way Home Looks Now, by Wendy Wan-Long Shang

Summary:  Twelve-year-old Peter Lee and his family are baseball lovers, who bond over back lot games and talk of the Pittsburgh Pirates. But when tragedy strikes, the family flies apart and baseball no longer seems to matter. Is that true? Peter wonders if just maybe the game they love can pull them together and bring them back, safe at home.



The Way to Stay in Destiny, by Augusta Scattergood

Summary:  Sixth-grader Theo leaves everything behind to live with his Uncle Chester, a Vietnam War veteran and loner, in Destiny, Florida, but he is drawn to play the piano in Miss Sister’s dance school and soon makes friends with the feisty Anabel, a baseball fanatic who invites Theo to help solve a mystery.


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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.


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.


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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.


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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.




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