THE SLUGGERS CLUB by Paul Robert Walker

THE SLUGGERS CLUB

Age Range: 10 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A smiley-face sports mystery in which three Little Leaguers band together to find out who's stealing their equipment--and finally catch Nong Den, their own leadoff hitter, using the missing supplies to teach baseball to the younger Cambodians in his run- down neighborhood. With the championship game coming up, the Sluggers persuade the league commissioner not to suspend Nong Den and--charged with community spirit--organize a used-equipment drive. The happy children are outfitted with their wealthier neighbors' castoffs; a previously menacing Cambodian street gang appears with garden tools to clear off a field; and the Sluggers' Club carries their team to victory. Walker mixes his cast well (there's even a girl on the team) and, in traditional fashion, blends moral and social issues--albeit on a very superficial level- -with the sports action. Still, the bland, everyone's-a-winner plot is bound to weaken reader response. (Fiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-15-276163-2
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Harcourt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 1993




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