by Mike Lupica
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
Category: Of Interest to Boys
Personal Evaluation: Having played little league softball for a few years, I was able to follow most of the game narration, but I was more interested in Michael’s interpersonal struggles: with the girl he likes, with his hero, his coach, his brother, his emotions. There is a distinct and exciting denouement and a tidy resolution (a bit too tidy, but that’s okay), both of which give Hollywood a run for its money!
What might interest children: All the baseball talk and play-by-plays will easily capture the attention of a reluctant reader, and Michael’s race against time until he is able to get out from the lies he and his brother live is very exciting.