Out of Control

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Carlos "Trip" Costas is a fiery shortstop with many talents and passions. His father is Julio Costas—yes, the Julio Costas, the famous singer. Unfortunately, Julio is also famous for being loud, controlling, and sometimes violent with Trip. He dreams of seeing his son play in the majors, but that's not what Trip wants.

When Trip decides to take a break from baseball to focus on his own music, his father loses his temper. He threatens to stop ...

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Overview

Carlos "Trip" Costas is a fiery shortstop with many talents and passions. His father is Julio Costas—yes, the Julio Costas, the famous singer. Unfortunately, Julio is also famous for being loud, controlling, and sometimes violent with Trip. He dreams of seeing his son play in the majors, but that's not what Trip wants.

When Trip decides to take a break from baseball to focus on his own music, his father loses his temper. He threatens to stop donating money to the team. Will the Roadrunners survive losing their biggest financial backer and their star shortstop? Will Trip have the courage to follow his dreams, and not his father's?

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Editorial Reviews

ALAN Review - Libby Byrnes
"What would Dad say if I quit?" wondered Carlos "Trip" Costas as he contemplated his future baseball career. Since he was little, his father, Julio, taught him everything he knew about how the game of baseball is played. His father financially supported the team, ensuring they had the best of everything, including the nicest hotels for travel games and a part-time trainer. Believing Trip could make it in the big leagues, Julio pushed his son, at times too far, yelling from the stands at multiple games. Despite Trip's pleas, his dad threatens to stop financially supporting the team if Trip decides to sit himself on the bench. Torn between trying to please his father and pursuing his passion for music, a tragic event teaches Julio about what is really important in life. Reviewer: Libby Byrnes
Children's Literature - JoAn Watson Martin
Julio, Trip's father, as a lefty, became an excellent pitcher, but his success in music as a singer of romantic ballads caused him to leave baseball behind. Well, not entirely. Now he backs the Roadrunners, a good team that depends on Trip to play short stop. But Trip is drawn to music which he believes is full of surprises, not the same old, same old like baseball. Trip feels trapped, wanting to please his father, but miserable in his success, even at thirteen. His coach notices he has lost his aggressiveness and appears to be asleep instead of alert. Rick Jasper has obviously been immersed in the game. He has written a story dripping with jargon, brilliant play by play, and exciting game scenarios. If a beginning player will learn the terminology he will appear to be an expert before he even learns to play. A reader without a baseball background will be lost in the fine points of the story. Can Trip bear to disappoint the coach and his father? Will he be letting the team down if he quits? He hates to think of being stuck in the baseball world and becoming the object of his father's loud, controlling violence. Can he find the courage to follow his dream? Rick Jasper, as a former middle school teacher, has found a niche with six titles from the "Travel Team" collection. Kids interested in playing baseball will devour them. Reviewer: JoAn Watson Martin
School Library Journal
Gr 6–10—This hi/lo series focuses on individual members of an elite travel team of 17-and-under baseball players from Las Vegas. In Forced Out, Zack's team gets the funding to play in a New York tournament that will have a lot of major-league-scout representation. However, when a new kid who's mediocre at best—but whose father is a multimillionaire—suddenly joins the team, Zack realizes that the coach might have compromised his standards for the travel money that Dustin's dad is promising. How can Zack support his coach and still be a good friend to the catcher, who is being forced out of his position by Dustin? In Power Hitter, Sammy Perez is one of the team's best hitters. When Coach signs the team up for a wooden-bat tournament, Sammy believes he will never be noticed by an MLB scout—his hits just are not as dramatic with wood—and he sees his dreams of supporting his family slipping away. His father tells him of a performance-enhancing drug that doesn't show up on tests, and Sammy is tempted to try them for that extra edge. Shortstop Trip Costas takes center stage in Out of Control. His father has lived out his baseball dreams through his sons, but Trip is tired of his father directing his life and wants to take a break. Only the wisdom of Coach Harris and others allows him to separate his frustration with his father from his feelings for the game. These authors pack a lot of drama and sports action into about 100 pages. The characters might be just a little too good to be true, but the tone is not didactic, and students will appreciate the real-life issues and ethical dilemmas that the players face.—Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761385387
  • Publisher: Darby Creek Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012
  • Pages: 114
  • Sales rank: 703,710
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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