(About 6 hours)
Fourteen-year-old Brian Dudley lives with his divorced mother. His father, a one-time major league pitcher, is coaching in Japan, unable to give up the game he loved once his pitching career was over. Brian shares his dad's love of baseball. He plays on a travel team with his best friend Kenny and has just landed the job of his dreams - batboy for the Detroit Tigers.
With his favorite player returning to the Tigers after a steroids scandal, his travel team, The Sting, heading for the playoffs, and the Tigers making a run for the pennant, the lineup reads like a perfect summer. But a perfect roster doesn't always equal a win in baseball, and Brian's perfect summer lineup may be in for a few losses.
Mike Lupica's latest is a home run. Just close your eyes and you can smell the hot dogs, hear the crack of the bat, and see the play at first. No one does sports like Mike!
If you're a fan of baseball or ever wondered what it's like to be a batboy, Batboy is your summer reading!
Read an excerpt or enjoy this interview with the author and a trailer for the book.
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