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Capture the Flag
Kate Messner


Wild Pitch, Backyard Sports (series #1) PDF Print E-mail

What You Need to Know:
• Wild Pitch is the first in a series of sports books for young readers based on the popular Backyard Sports computer and video games.
• The writing is basic and boring, but will appeal to a newly independent reader who is baseball-crazed and not finding much to read at his level, because this genre for this reader level is sorely lacking.
Sweet Book Summary:
Wild Pitch is about a baseball team, The Backyard Bombers, who play pick-up games with other teams in the neighborhood.  The story follows the game's play by play, ad nauseam.  The author threw in a friendship story line, where Joey, the Bomber's manager gets a little too bossy.  The team then gets disgruntled with Joey and they start playing badly.  Joey very simply realizes the error of his ways, and the team wins!
Basically, a middle school student could have written this book.  However, I did give it two stars for a couple of reasons.  Firstly, I like the diversity on the baseball team.  The Bombers are made up of girls and boys named Achmed, A.C. Chen, Pablo, Ernie, Vicki and Samantha, to name a few. I also think if your young reader (Reader, Jr.) is starting to read chapter books, and cannot find a sports series, and he is not into fantasy (Magic Tree House, etc) then give this series a try.  Or better yet, see below for Matt Christopher's young baseball series.
Author: Michael Teitelbaum Illustrator: Ron Zalme Published: 2008, pages
Themes: Books for Boys, Feelings, Sports, Friendship, Teamwork, Character/Values
If You Liked This Book, Try:
Free Throw - A Jake Maddox Sports Story, Jake Maddox
All Star Fever - A Peach Street Mudders Story, Matt Christopher

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