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TOP OF THE ORDER by John Coy

TOP OF THE ORDER

By John Coy

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: March 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-312-37329-0
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Bored with school, ten-year-old Jackson Kennedy can’t wait for summer baseball, but as the season approaches, so do distractions: A girl joins the team (with a pink glove, no less), his mother has begun dating again, middle school looms and his friend’s father has been called up for service in Afghanistan. Except for Sydney’s joining the team, the other issues stay in the background, and Jackson’s first-person narration tells a simple and straightforward tale of individuals who come together to become a team. Sydney handles taunts, pitches aimed at her head, base runners barreling into her and batting woes to earn the respect of her team, though she curiously drops from Jackson’s radar as soon as the season ends, and his bond with other boys solidifies as they brace themselves for middle school. Appealing characters and plenty of baseball action will make this a hit with young sports fans. (Fiction. 8-12)