Winners Take All [NOOK Book]

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The Reds and the Cubs are battling for the first place in the Rising Stars League. The Reds need a victory in today’s game to push ahead in the standings.

Kyle, the Reds center fielder, wants to win so much that he secretly cheats—just a little—to clinch the game for his team. His teammates go wild with victory. His parents beam with ...
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Winners Take All

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Overview



The Reds and the Cubs are battling for the first place in the Rising Stars League. The Reds need a victory in today’s game to push ahead in the standings.

Kyle, the Reds center fielder, wants to win so much that he secretly cheats—just a little—to clinch the game for his team. His teammates go wild with victory. His parents beam with pride.

Suddenly Kyle feels uneasy. But what can he do? He’s a winner—and he can’t turn back now . . .

When Kyle fakes a catch, his baseball team goes on to win the league championship but Kyle doesn't feel good about winning by cheating. Includes a section on the sportsmanship of Christy Mathewson, a pitcher who played professional baseball in the early 1900s.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
How does it feel to cheat at something important, get away with it and then mistakenly become a hero because of it? Kyle finds out the hard way when he fakes a winning catch that leads his baseball team one step closer to the championships. Although he is unable to bask guilt-free in this kind of glory, he chooses it over the truth. The problem is, there is someone who knows that Kyle didn't really catch the final fielder that landed over the fence, and he wants Kyle to fess up. Kyle chooses to ignore him despite the growing twinges of guilt and shame that dog him. Kyle's grandmother, a real baseball aficionado, coincidentally regales Kyle with tales of sportsmanship and honesty and the great baseball hall-of-famer Christy Mathewson, giving Kyle the framework to rethink his actions and do the right thing despite the disappointment of his family, coach and teammates. Any child who has ever been tempted to fudge the truth in order to get a pat on the back will relate to this meaningful tale of redemption and the power of honesty. It is part of the "AllStar SportStory" series. 2000, A Peachtree Junior Publication Peachtree Publishers, $4.95. Ages 9 to 12. Reviewer: Karen Deans
School Library Journal
Gr 3-7-A story with plenty of play-by-play action, a good plot, a valuable lesson, and some interesting baseball history. During an important game, Kyle, 12, falls over the outfield fence while making a catch. The ball falls out of his glove, but he picks it up and pretends he caught it to win the game for the Reds. Jason, a member of the opposing team, saw what happened and later threatens to expose him unless the Cubs win the league championship. Kyle's sports-savvy grandma tells her grandson about Christy Mathewson, a pro pitcher in the early 1900s who was known for his honesty and sportsmanship, but Kyle still maintains his silence. After he scores the winning run in the final game, the Cubs protest the previous controversial catch. The league commissioners hold a hearing, at which Kyle confesses. The Cubs are declared the winners of the questionable game, and the two teams are tied. The Reds then beat the Cubs fairly in the game for the championship. The story is told in an interesting, nondidactic manner that makes it a good baseball tale with a lesson in honesty. Bowen pitches a winner here.-Kate Kohlbeck, Randall School, Waukesha, WI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480443099
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/10/2013
  • Series: All-Star Sports Stories
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 126
  • Sales rank: 486,582
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author



Fred Bowen was born in Marblehead, Massachusetts, a seaside town north of Boston. Most of his family still lives there—he has four big brothers and two sisters.

His dad loved sports. One of Bowen’s earliest memories is watching the 1957 World Series on TV with his dad and his brothers. Bowen’s dad was his Little League coach and his brothers were his teammates in backyard football and “driveway basketball.”

When Bowen turned eighteen, he left behind his sports-happy childhood and headed to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Bowen has always loved US and world history and he made history his major in college. Bowen also loves sports history because of all the great dramas and big personalities, which is why he weaves real sports history into all of his stories.

After he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, he went to George Washington Law School in Washington, DC.

Shortly after he graduated, he met Peggy Jackson, a journalist. They got married two years later and now have two grown children. Their son is a college baseball coach and their daughter works for a nonprofit in Chicago. When they were in elementary school, Bowen coached their baseball, basketball, and soccer teams—more than thirty teams in all.

Bowen was a lawyer for many years and retired from practicing law so that he could write for kids full time. He gets to spend a lot more time writing and he gets more time to visit schools and talk with kids about his books. He also speaks at a lot more conferences and meets more cool teachers and librarians.
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