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Rounding Third, Heading Home!

Rounding Third, Heading Home!

by David Aretha

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Short chapters, sports, mostly for boys—that pretty much sums up the "A Champion Sports Story" series. This book, however, is genuinely engaging, probably appealing even to kids who don't dig baseball. Narrated by ten-year-old Jake Vehousky, the saga of a Little League team sponsored by Morey's Funeral Home unfolds in Hickory Oak, Michigan, near Detroit. The players have known each other since first grade, but this will be a new season with a new coach and they have dreams. Could they possibly beat the dreaded United Bank and Trust team, coached by a bank executive dad who's also the Little League Commissioner? Jake's teammates include wild-eyed Gus, seven-year-old wonder-hitter Evan, the obligatory girl, Tashia (who strives to control her foul mouth on the diamond), and, curiously, Latvian-born Rupa, quiet, introspective, not a hitter but a speedy runner (if he could ever get on base). Since Jake's dad, the scorekeeper, shares his remarkable fund of baseball lore, readers pick up a good deal of information along the way; the team is particularly impressed by Enos Slaughter's "Mad Dash" to victory in 1946. During the season, playing teams like We Will Wok You Chinese Family Buffet and Hickory Oak Proctologists, Jake's team steadily improves until they actually face the unbeatable rich kids of United Bank and Trust for the championship. How they triumph is both amusing and touching; suffice it to say that silent Rupa pulls off a "Mad Dash" of his own to win the game, celebrated by all at Farrell's, where Jake's dad makes good on his casually given promise to treat everyone to a very expensive ice cream concoction. Endearingly quirky characters, a sure sense of place, funny situations, and an exciting contest make Jake's story a real winner. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

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Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
A Champion Sports Story
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.34(d)
720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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