The Batboy

By Lupica, Mike

Publishers Summary:
It is every baseball kid’s dream summer job: batboy for your hometown Major League team. Yet for fourteen year-old Brian, the job means more than just the chance to hang around his idols. Baseball was the job his father loved so much, in the end he couldn’t leave it. Yet he could leave his family. Now Brian sees the job as the way to win back his father. There is no winning back some people, though. Just ask Hank Bishop—once the most popular player in baseball before he was banned for using steroids. Now he is making his comeback. And an unlikely friendship slowly develops between this man in need of a family and this boy in need of a father. Mike Lupica, king of the sports novel, delivers his most powerful and kid-friendly to date.

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978-0-39925-000-2
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School Library Journal

Reviewed on April 1, 2010

Gr 5-10 Brian's dad, a former big league pitcher, left Brian and his mom years earlier, and the boy still longs for his return. This summer, Brian has won a coveted spot as a batboy for the Detroit Tigers during home games at Comerica Park. He relishes his dream come true: hustling to complete tasks, enjoying a sleepover at the ballpark, and his front-row seat for the on-field action. On his days off, he plays on a travel team with his best friend, Kenny. Then his favorite player, Hank Bis...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on October 1, 2010

Fourteen-year-old Brian, the son of a washed-up major-league pitcher, watches every home-game up-close: he's a batboy ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on March 1, 2010

- Mike Lupica's energetic prose and his reverence for baseball will excite readers. - Through Brian, baseball fans will get to live out some of their greatest fant...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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