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Baseball Books for Middle Schoolers

Whether your adolescent is a starting pitcher or simply a devoted fan, these novels, histories, and reference books will hit a grand slam.
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Safe at Home
by Sharon Robinson

Ten-year-old Elijiah Breeze, a.k.a. Jumper, is having the hardest summer of his life. His father has just died; his mother has moved them from the suburbs to New York City's Harlem area; and he has to spend the summer at baseball camp. Basketball is Jumper's game.

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Penny From Heaven
by Jennifer L. Holm

It's 1953 and 11-year-old Penny dreams of a summer of butter pecan ice cream, swimming, and baseball. But nothing's that easy in Penny's family. For starters, she can't go swimming because her mother's afraid she'll catch polio at the pool. To make matters worse, her favorite uncle is living in a car.

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The Toilet Paper Tigers
by Gordon Korman

An award-winning author's terrific tale of a misfit little league baseball team and the 12-year-old girl whose obnoxious antics help put them together.

Praise for The Toilet Paper Tigers

"A broad-humored farce...with plenty of unconventional baseball action." — Kirkus

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Series: Swindle
by Gordon Korman
After a mean collector named Swindle cons him out of his most valuable baseball card, Griffin Bing must put together a band of misfits to break into Swindle's compound and recapture the card.
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Paperback Book: $5.59

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Promises to Keep
by Sharon Robinson

Sharon Robinson shares memories of her famous father in this warm, loving biography of the man who broke the color barrier in baseball. Jackie Robinson was an outstanding athlete, a devoted family man and a dedicated civil rights activist.

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by Marcia Thornton Jones
Riley, a fifth-grader whose father is a former football star, is awful at sports. He wants to quit the baseball team, but his dad won't let him give up. So when one bad swing brings a three-legged dog into his life, Riley feels like he's been thrown a curveball.
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Paperback Book: $4.79

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