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Winners Take All

Winners Take All

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by Fred Bowen, Paul Casale (Illustrator)

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Kyle claims to have made a difficult catch, which he actually dropped. The attention he receives is not enough to silence his conscience.


Kyle claims to have made a difficult catch, which he actually dropped. The attention he receives is not enough to silence his conscience.

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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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Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
Publication date:
Fred Bowen Sports Story Series
Edition description:
1 ED
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.30(d)
560L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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