More Baseball Books Join This Year’s Lineup

Lynn: It’s a great season for baseball fans! Not only is our favorite game in full swing, but there’s a full field of new books about baseball to enjoy when

the games are over. Bookends reviewed two last week. Here are two more recent titles to join the lineup.


The Game Can't Love You Back by Karole CozzoThe Game Can’t Love You Backby Karole Cozzo

Eve Marshall’s hard work has made her a star pitcher on the Bulldogs baseball team. She’s in solidly with her male teammates and even made the cover of Sports Illustrated. While cruising into her senior season with an eye on the Cy Young trophy, a fire destroys her school. In the blink of an eye, the town’s students are incorporated into a neighboring school for the year, and her former rivals become her teammates. Eve has to prove herself all over again, especially to Jamie, the Pirates’ star pitcher and team, who needs that Cy Young trophy himself for very important reasons. But there’s no denying the spark that ignites between them. Can Eve keep her eye on the ball? Author Cozzo brings the heat in this YA sports romance.


The Rhino in right Field by Stacy Kekeyser

The Rhino in Right Fieldby Stacy Dekeyser

When you have only one baseball and your ball field backs up on the zoo’s rhino enclosure, a fly ball to right is a major problem! Twelve-year-old Nick Spirakis has other problems, too. For starters, he can’t catch a ball, but equally pressing are the 24 baffling letters he’s struggling with at Greek school and an ongoing standoff with Peter the bully. When the local minor league team, the Mudpuppies, announces a swell contest to choose a bat boy for the day, Nick yearns to win it, but his hardworking immigrant father won’t hear of taking a Saturday off, even for a once-in-a-lifetime chance. What’s a guy to do? Lying and blackmail may be part of the plan!

Dekeyser’s warm hilarious tale, set in a Milwaukee-like city in 1948, is Nick’s first-person account of his close-knit Greek family, friendship, baseball, a girl with a great arm and, of course, a rhinoceros.





About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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