Free Baseball

Free Baseball

by Sue Corbett
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Free Baseball by Sue Corbett

Felix knows his dad was a famous baseball player in Cuba—and that his father risked everything to send Felix to America. But his mom won’t reveal anything else. When a baseball team with Cuban players comes to town, Felix wonders if they knew his dad and sneaks into their locker room to ask. That’s when the players mistake him for their new batboy. Determined to uncover the truth about his mysterious father, Felix plays along, going as far as running away from home to become the team’s batboy. His bittersweet adventure glows with the friendship of a miraculous dog, the warmth of a mother’s love, and the magic of baseball.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142410806
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/31/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 513,242
Product dimensions: 5.07(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.45(d)
Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Sue Corbett is the daughter of Irish immigrants and grew up in a Long Island neighborhood very similar to the one depicted in 12 Again. Ms. Corbett has worked as a journalist for fifteen years in Missouri, South Carolina, Florida and, now, Virginia, where she lives with her husband and their three young children. As anyone who knows her will tell you, she really is half-Looney. However, she has only been twelve once. (So far.)

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4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Carolyn Fogel More than 1 year ago
If you like mystery you would like it
laughgiggle More than 1 year ago
Schools out, my librarian Ms. Clark gives me and the rest of the kids in our class a big yellow folder with summer reading stuff. I randomly pull out a 3 page packet on summer reading sugjestions for grades 5 and 6. Im in 5th and love baseball. So this book and baseball fever are my maybes, but is it worth the coast?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book for my 12 year old son, but after reading the first chapter I got so caught up in it that I read the whole thing before I gave it to him. It is a great story about baseball - what could be better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Felix hides on the minor league team bus and rides out of town. His mom worries that she¿ll never see him again. Felix, not even a teen, becomes a batboy on the minor league team. His distressed mother comes to bring him home. After she accepts a job on the team, she and Felix move nearby the team. I really enjoyed this book. It¿s fun and sometimes sad. This book keeps you interested at all times. I definitely would recommend it. I like how the book gives you a good idea of how a minor league ball club runs. The players don¿t get paid as much as major league players. After one game, for example, the minor league players had a picnic instead of going to a fancy restaurant. The bat boy on the team has to do a lot of jobs. He has to shag balls during batting practice, wash the players¿ uniforms, and retrieve their bats during the games. The team has a mascot, but it¿s not a person in a costume. The mascot is a dog named Homer. Homer signs autographs by putting his paws in ink and then slapping them on paper. He also delivers the baseball to the special guest throwing the first pitch for each game. I liked the different personalities of each player, coach, and the radio announcer. One of my favorite players was Santi because he¿s almost always smiling. I also liked how he was from the Dominican Republic. Therefore, he knew Felix¿s dad, who played in Cuba. The radio announcer was incredible! He was blind! His partner did the play-by-play, but he does the details and background. It was hilarious when Bobby and Masher tricked Felix into looking for a bat stretcher, when there isn¿t such thing. Felix fell for it, but later had a funny comeback. It¿s sad that Felix doesn¿t remember his father. When Felix was a baby, he and his mom crossed illegally into America. Felix¿s dad was left behind, but later tried to come, and was denied by the Cuban government. Because they live in different countries, Felix has never seen his dad play baseball. Felix¿s father is one of the best players in Cuba. Felix¿s mom has to work a lot, therefore Felix has to spend much of his time alone at home. I wish Felix could see his father in this story. Unfortunately, Felix never does. People who like baseball will like this book. You learn how life is on a minor league club. This book will also interest middle school kids because that¿s about how old Felix is. I enjoyed it and I hope you will too. S.Howard
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You should read it Jada Barefoot.
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Not enough action
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Book title and author: Free Baseball by Sue Corbett Title of review: Free Baseball Number of stars (1 to 5): 5 stars Introduction I enjoyed this book, because Felix plays baseball and so do I. I had not heard about this book until I first picked it up to read. It was a very good book that made me want to keep turning pages until I finally reached the end. The book is about a boy from Cuba stored away on a boat when he was little. It starts out when he is 12. He is mad at his mom so he stows away on a baseball team's bus and becomes their equipment manager. Description and summary of main points After he got on a bus to go to the team's place, they mistake him for the new equipment manager. He accepts this job and they take him in as his own. He makes new friends including the team's mascot/dog, Homer. Everybody likes Felix's company and his time there is amazing. The owner of the team, Vic knows eventually that he does not belong there and calls his mom. He keeps Felix in his old house until his mom arrives. I'll leave the ending alone as a surprise for you. Evaluation I enjoyed this book until I reached the end. It is definitely a page turner. I could not set this book down. It is fiction but it seemed real to me and anyone would become attached to the characters. Conclusion This book is for anyone that enjoys a good read. It is an excellent book. Your final review I would recommend this for anyone that enjoys sports fictions, although I would probably recommend it for anyone. I loved this book so much I wish they would make it a series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In 7th grade I was required to read Free Baseball for Battle of the Books. It was intriguing and suspenseful. Felix is one f the main characters in the book. He is an 11- year old Cuban, son of a famous Cuban baseball player. Felix feels neglected when his mom is to busy working and his babysitter is to busy making fun of him. To solve this problem he stows away on the player's bus after the baseball game. Will Felix ever come back home? Read it to find out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would like recommend the book Free Baseball by Sue Corbett to anyone who enjoys baseball. It is very interesting and suspenseful. I liked it because it is a book that makes you want to keep on reading. The book is boring in the beginning, but later in the book it gets very good. It is a fiction book that can grasp the reader¿s attention. It is about a kid who sneaks on a bus of a baseball team, so that he could get away from his babysitter. Later he figures out what happens to his dad and why he did not come to America with his mom and him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Felix is a baseball maniac. So when he wins tickets to a game he can¿t wait to go. But his mom says she¿s too tired to take him, so she calls his baby- sitter who makes him leave the seat he won over the radio to sit with her annoying boyfriend. So at the first opportunity, Felix escapes from the evil baby-sitter of doom. This opportunity comes when all the players on the team think he¿s the new batboy. So Felix plays along with it, and learns a shocking truth about his dad. In my opinion this book is very good. I liked it because it`s funny, but the jokes are good and not corny. It¿s extremely intriguing, always keeping you in suspense. And it so short, that you don¿t need to have a very long attention span.