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THE BATBOY by Mike Lupica

THE BATBOY

By Mike Lupica

Age Range: 10 - 14

Pub Date: March 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-399-25000-2
Publisher: Philomel

Brian loves baseball. But baseball has not always been a positive influence in his emotional life. His parents are divorced due in large part to the fact that his father’s devotion to his own baseball career far exceeded his feelings for his family. In addition, Brian’s all-time favorite player was deeply involved in the steroid scandals that affected an entire era of baseball achievements and statistics. Now in one dream summer as batboy for the Detroit Tigers he learns some truths about second chances and letting go. When his absentee father briefly returns, Brian realizes that their relationship will never be more than a common interest in the game. But he does develop a tentative connection with his hero, who is making a comeback with the Tigers. Lupica takes on these touchy subjects and deftly fleshes them out with sympathetic characters, crisp dialogue and enough dramatic baseball action to satisfy the most diehard fan. Although there’s an upbeat ending, not all problems are neatly solved, allowing readers to form their own opinions. A pennant winner. (Fiction. 10-14)