Grades 6 - 8
Grade level Equivalent: 5.2
Lexile Measure®: 690L
Guided Reading: S
- General Fiction
- Character and Values
- Culture and Diversity
- Friends and Friendship
About This BookIf I ran things, . nobody would have names.
"We would just have batting averages."
When star rookies Fred Lynn and Jim Rice, the Gold Dust Twins, join the Red Sox in 1975, Richard dreams of following in their footsteps.
Napoleon Charlie Ellis arrives in Boston from the island of Dominica with a firm handshake, a love of cricket and classical music, and no one to call a friend. He needs help. Richard plans to help Napoleon and make him his partner. The two of them will go on to baseball greatness together, the next Gold Dust Twins.
Except what if Napoleon has dreams of his own?
2001 Notable Children's Books (ALA), 2001 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA), Children's Books 2000-NY Public Lib., and Bulletin Blue Ribbon Best of 2000 Award