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The Only Game

The Only Game

Fall 2015 Fiction
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Author: Mike Lupica
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781481409957
Hardcover Price: $16.99

Jack Callahan, 7th grade baseball phenom, lives for his sport. He's the best of the best, he's spent years honing his skills, and he and his team have a very realistic dream of playing in the Little League World Series. He's really good.

So when he suddenly quits on the first day of the season, it shocks and upsets almost everyone. Jack's friends, family and coaches all feel let down. That is, except for Cassie and Teddy, the two new friends who help him through a very personal struggle.

Spunky Cassie is the best softball player in town and Teddy is the chubby target of bullies. They are three unlikely new pals who prove indispensable to one another.

Legendary sportswriter Mike Lupica unsurprisingly gets details and play-by-play just right. The baseball piece is not overdone, it deftly matches his audience of readers. What starts off looking like an ordinary sports story, finds the heart and character of a family and spells out the definition of team.

Teresa DiFalco   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Teresa DiFalco is an award-winning ghostwriter, writer, and mother in Vancouver, Washington. She's been a contributing editor for Parents' Choice for over ten years. She's a strong speller, a menace at badminton, and makes a decent soufflé.

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