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Double Play at Short

Double Play at Short

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by Matt Christopher, Karen Meyer

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Twelve-year-old Danny thinks that there is something very familiar about the girl who plays shortstop on the team he faces during the championship series, and his curiosity leads him to a surprising discovery about his own adoption.


Twelve-year-old Danny thinks that there is something very familiar about the girl who plays shortstop on the team he faces during the championship series, and his curiosity leads him to a surprising discovery about his own adoption.

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Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
Twelve-years-old and adopted, Danny is very content with his family and enthusiastic about playing short stop for his baseball team, the Bullets. As this combination sports/mystery novel begins, Danny's only worry is that he might not play well enough to make the championships. This all changes, as he becomes aware of Tammy, the new and strangely familiar short stop for the rival team. Not only does Tammy's skill as a ball player undermine Danny's confidence, but her unusual familiarity leads to a potentially disturbing revelation about his birth. The fast paced, easy to read style and combination of sports lore and mystery should make this a novel that will appeal to reluctant readers of either sex.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Danny Walker, 12, was adopted as an infant. When he notices something familiar about Tammy Aiken, a girl playing shortstop on a rival team, he studies her and even takes photos of her on the field. Finally, Danny's mother reveals that he has a twin sister who was adopted by another family, and that they have just moved back into a nearby town. Christopher does his typically good job of describing the baseball play-by-play. However, he peppers this far-fetched plot with clues that are about as subtle as a ton of bricks. Readers will find it implausible that Tammy would not only move back in town, but also end up playing shortstop, the same position as Danny on a rival baseball team. Also unbelievable is the fact that he would notice other similarities between himself and the girl-batting with the same left-handed stance and having the same grin. When Danny finally blurts out the truth to his twin, she is shocked. Readers will be just as incredulous at the idea that Tammy's adoptive parents never believed the children would meet when they moved back into the area. Die-hard fans of Christopher may want to read this one, but it's not one of his most memorable books.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Library, Manassas, VA
Kay Weisman
Twelve-year-old shortstop Danny Walker feels he is a sure bet for the all-star team, until he meets Tammy Aiken, the new shortstop for the opposition. Like Danny, Tammy is a great player, but other similarities (both have red hair, a similar stance, and field right-handed but bat left-handed) make Danny uneasy. When further investigation reveals that both are adopted and share the same birthday, Danny becomes convinced that the two are twins, separated at birth. While the long-lost twins subplot offers few surprises, the outcome of the baseball series will hold the reader's interest, and Christopher's unusual ending (in which both twins are able to walk away as winners) will satisfy sports fans. The inclusion of so many female players is a bonus.

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Matt Christopher is the best selling name behind more than 100 sports-themed books for young readers.

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Double Play at Short 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
mrbaseball99 More than 1 year ago
"Double Play at Short", by Matt Christopher is a story about a baseball player, Danny Walker, the "Bullets" shortstop and their best hitter. Danny is a shoe-in for the county's all-star team. However, there is one problem, an outstanding girl on the Jaguar's team named Tammy Aiken. She also plays shortstop and like Danny, is an excellent hitter. The Bullets are playing the Jaguars in a five game championship series. Danny doesn't know how good the Jaguars shortstop is until she gets up to bat. In the first game of the series, Tammy hits a home run. Danny begins to wonder if she is a better player than him. With the help of Tammy, the Jaguars took the first win. Danny rode his bike home with his sister Jennifer who always comes to the games and supports him. Danny was still worried that Tammy would take his spot on the all-star team. So worried, that he forgot it was his birthday. When Danny walked into his house, his parents and the whole Bullets baseball team jumped and cheered Happy Birthday!!!!! Danny had a great birthday. The next day Danny and his best buddy, Joel Jackson, went to the public library to look up Tammy Aiken. The only information found about her was the fact that she moved into town a short while ago. The series goes on and the record is 2-2. After the third game, Danny's mom tells him that Tammy is his adopted twin sister. Danny was so surprised, except for the fact that they were both great baseball players. At the end of the fourth game, Danny goes by the Jaguars dugout and the two shortstops start arguing. In the end, Danny yells out, " you are my twin sister"! Danny felt really bad when Tammy ran away balling her eyes out. Danny later wrote Tammy a letter apologizing for putting her under more pressure before the last game. He was sorry for telling her the now, instead of waiting until after the last game. Then came the last game. It was the last inning, the score was 3-3, and a runner on third, and the tie run on third. Danny was up to bat, whack, Danny hits a line drive up the middle, and a two run RBI!! The inning was over, and the Jaguars were up to bat. The Bullet's pitcher wasn't doing well and walked the bases loaded with two outs. The Jaguars pinch hitter came up to bat for the pitcher and everyone was nervous. 3-2 count bam, going, going, gone and Danny was depressed. The Bullets and the Jaguars met up at home plate to shake hands. The two shortstops met and ignored each other until everyone was done shaking. Afterwards, they gave one another a huge hug and happily walked off the field together. The main characters in this book are Tammy Aiken and Danny Walker. They are both athletic and have shy attitudes. The setting was usually at the baseball field and in modern day. I relate to this book because I have been in a championship game and lost. I can relate this to the real world because many of my friends have been on the opposing winning team .I liked this book cause I like baseball and it had a lot of surprising parts. Two books I recommend are Power Pitcher and Stealing Home
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because it was an action filled, multi-event book. I love books like this because it was not just scenery descriptions. I would recommend this book to people who like watching baseball, because the author tells you what happens each inning out of the five games.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Danny Walker thinks the girl shortstop of the other team might steal dannys' shot to be in the allstar team. Danny notices that the Tammy Akien has the same batting stance and plays the same way he does. Will Tammy steal Dannys' spot in the allstars team
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