Forced Out

Forced Out

by Gene Fehler
     
 

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Zack Waddell's baseball IQ makes him one of the Roadrunners' most important players. When a new kid, Dustin, immediately takes their catcher's spot, Zack is puzzled. Dustin doesn't have the skills to be a starter. So Zack offers to help him with his swing in Dustin's swanky personal batting cages.

Zack accidentally overhears a conversation and figures out

Overview

Zack Waddell's baseball IQ makes him one of the Roadrunners' most important players. When a new kid, Dustin, immediately takes their catcher's spot, Zack is puzzled. Dustin doesn't have the skills to be a starter. So Zack offers to help him with his swing in Dustin's swanky personal batting cages.

Zack accidentally overhears a conversation and figures out why Dustin is starting—and why the team is suddenly able to afford an expensive trip to a New York tournament. Will Zack's baseball instincts transfer off the field? Will the Roadrunners be able to stay focused when their team chemistry faces its greatest challenge yet?

Editorial Reviews

ALAN Review - Alec Woodhull
Competition is the byword for the story of Forced Out. Zack Waddell is the starting second basemen for the ninth-ranked baseball team in the country for its age group. His cerebral approach to the game has made him a team leader and has aided in the formation of team chemistry. But with Dustin Conover, the son of a rich tycoon who has agreed to fund a team trip, joining the team, the team's chances to win the tournament are put in jeopardy, as are friendships. The book does demonstrate an excellent knowledge of the game of baseball and its intricacies. Fehler attempts to delve into the complex arena of teen friendships within the realm of sports, specifically baseball. This context provides a venue by which the reader can see sacrifice and selflessness in action, as he/she also reads about the action of the game. Reviewer: Alec Woodhull
Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
Wouldn't you like to be on a traveling team? Zack Waddell is living every boy's dream; he is on the local baseball traveling team. He's also a great student on the game, which makes Zack's presence invaluable. How could the Roadrunners get by without him? Zack knows baseball like the back of his hand; he's always there to serve as a "second coach" to his teammates. When it comes time to make great plays, the boys save their best moves for when the game is on the line. One day a new boy, Dustin, joins the team. Zack played Dustin on Conover Field, which Dustin's father designed and built. Coach is grooming Dustin to be the starting catcher, even though Nick is way better in that position. What is going on? Is it possible that Dustin's father is funding the entire team's trip to the New York tournament in exchange for Dustin starting as catcher? Something is fishy, and Zack is determined to get to the bottom of it. But is it possible that Zack will find out too much? Will the Roadrunners lose their spot as the #9 ranked team in the nation? Young baseball fans will enjoy the latest addition to the "Travel Team" collection, a series of novels about high school baseball players. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews
This entry in the Travel Team series is totally focused on baseball and its intricacies. Second baseman Zack is ideally positioned to see the pitching, watch the fielding and support the Las Vegas Roadrunners, a team that is full of outstanding players looking to shine for scouts. There is diversity in ethnicity, sexual orientation and income. Zack has little money and is thrilled to be on the team, but he is wary about costs. Suddenly a new catcher appears, whose father's wealth makes an expensive out-of-state tournament possible. Zack's allegiance to buddy Nick, the previous catcher, tests his baseball savvy. While the players have lives off the field, this series is almost exclusively about the challenges of the game and the complexities of team play. Two other entries release simultaneously. Out of Control, by Rick Jasper, focuses on shortstop Trip, whose father is a famous singer. Trip also likes music and wonders if his father's insistence that he be a great baseball player is worthwhile. In Power Hitter, M.G Higgins writes about Sammy, a right fielder struggling to switch from an aluminum bat to the wooden ones required for a special tournament. In each, the coaches play key roles as authority figures and decision makers who set up opportunities. Ideal for reluctant readers who know baseball as a complex and strategic sport; the books' brevity and recurring characters will add appeal. Useful and priced right. (Fiction. 11-16)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761385332
Publisher:
Darby Creek Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/2012
Pages:
122
Sales rank:
1,187,796
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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