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The only game

by Lupica, Mike,

Format: Book on CD 2015
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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Can a young baseball star maintain his love of the game after the loss of his brother? Find out in this start to the Home Team series about a small town with high hopes, from New York Times bestselling author and sportswriting legend Mike Lupica.

Jack Callahan is the star of his baseball team and seventh grade is supposed to be his year. Undefeated season. Records shattered. Little League World Series. The works. That is, until he up and quits.

Jack's best friend Gus can't understand how Jack could leave a game that means more to them than anything else. But Jack is done. It's a year of change. Jack's brother has passed away, and though his family and friends and the whole town of Walton thinks baseball is just the thing he needs to move on, Jack feels it's anything but.

In comes Cassie Bennett, star softball player, and the only person who seems to think Jack shouldn't play if he doesn't want to. As Jack and Cassie's friendship deepens, their circle expands to include Teddy, a guy who's been bullied because of his weight.

Time spent with these new friends unlocks something within Jack, and with their help and the support of his family and his old friends, Jack discovers sometimes it's more than just the love of the game that keeps us moving forward--and he might just be able to find his way back to The Only Game , after all.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Best friends Jack and Gus have dreamed of their chance at the Little League World Series for years, so when Jack quits the seventh-grade team after the first practice, everyone is astonished. Down their star player, the Rays including Gus turn on Jack, who finds friends in the funny, overweight Teddy Bear Madden and Cassie Bennett, the confident star of the girls' softball team. These new alliances help Jack confront the true reason he gave up the sport he loves, and a loving family environment helps Jack get back into the swing of things. Though the supportive nature of Jack's family and friends verges on saccharine, and the seventh-graders are often too wise for their years, many will find comfort in a story where community and friendships reign supreme. Readers will benefit from having a knowledge of baseball, as detailed plays feature in a narrative otherwise devoted to personal growth, grieving, and achieving your dreams. A natural choice for Matt Christopher and Tim Green fans.--Smith, Julia Copyright 2015 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Seventh grader Jack Callahan is his team's star pitcher and shortstop, so everyone is shocked when he quits baseball during the lead-up to the Little League World Series. "My heart's not in it," he tells his disappointed parents, before spilling the real reason he's abandoning the team: "Baseball won't bring my brother back." Lupica thoughtfully explores Jack's belief that he could have saved his daredevil older brother, Brad, who died the previous year in a dirt-bike accident. While Callahan sorts out his life and the events of the past year, he slowly finds a new crowd of friends at school who show him a life beyond baseball. Nobbs reads with a strong narrative voice that has good emphasis, timing, and tone, especially when delivering the weight of emotionally tense scenes. But when it comes to providing the voices for the colorful slew of other characters, Nobbs's narration is either flat or overly caricatured. Ages 8-12. A Simon & Schuster hardcover. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Lupica, Mike. Home team novel.
Subjects Grief in children -- Juvenile fiction.
Friendship in children -- Juvenile fiction.
Bullies -- Juvenile fiction.
Grief -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Bullies -- Fiction.
Baseball -- Fiction.
Baseball stories.
Children's audiobooks.
Publisher New York, NY :2015
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Nobbs, Keith, 1979- narrator.
Simon & Schuster Audio (Firm), publisher.
Participants/Performers Read by Keith Nobbs.
Audience Ages 8-12.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Description 5 audio discs (6 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781442376410
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