BEST OF THE BEST by Tim Green

BEST OF THE BEST

A Baseball Great Novel
Age Range: 10 - 14

KIRKUS REVIEW

Another episode in the life of 12-year-old baseball phenom Josh LeBlanc, introduced in Baseball Great (2009). While still a superstar on the field, off the field Josh has problems. His father is investing money from Nike in what seems like a questionable deal, and the realtor, perky Diane, is turning his father’s head with more than real estate.  As his parents’ marriage falls apart, Josh and his good buddy, Benji, are finagled onto a local team with a chance at winning the Little League World Series. His dad still wants to be his coach, but Josh is rebellious and frustrated with him. Compounding his woes are his demanding lawn-mowing business, trying to support his mother and little sister in this hard time and the need to stay on top of his game. His best friend, Jaden, a girl with dreams of becoming a reporter, helps out. Plenty of baseball-insider detail and knowledge of the game is imparted as the run to the championship unfolds. The slightly dishonest proceedings that allow both boys to play parallel the equally suspect shenanigans in the adult world. The money involved in sports, even at the kid level, is carefully emphasized, as is the pressure to win. Ethics in sports lifts this above the usual sports saga. (Fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: March 11th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-06-168622-1
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2011




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