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Free Baseball

By Sue Corbett

Publisher: Dutton Children’s Books
ISBN-10: 0-525-47120-0
ISBN (13 digit)/EAN:
Retail Price: $15.99
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Subjects / Categories:
General Social Issues
Sports - Baseball


Our Net Price:  $3.90
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Free Baseball by Sue Corbett

Pub Feb 2006
Size: 5.8 x 8.5 inches
160 Pages,
H - Wgt 0.6 lb, P - 0.29 lb
Age 8-12 - Grade 5 up
Lexile: 640L

Publisher Description - Inside front cover

Baseball is in his blood.

Felix knows a lot of ballplayers, but not the one he wants to know the most: his father. His Dad, a baseball star in Cuba, risked everything to send Felix to America. His mom won’t reveal anything else.

When a team with a few Cuban players comes to town, Felix sneaks into the locker room to talk to them. That’s when the players mistake him for their new batboy. Determined to uncover the truth about his mysterious father, Felix plays along. Just for a few days, Felix thinks -- long enough to learn about his Dad.

Life at the ballpark is perfect. The team’s owner is warm and wacky. The mascot, a miraculously smart golden retriever, is Felix’s new best friend. And when the team ends a long losing streak, the fun-loving, wisecracking players hail the new batboy as their lucky charm.

But Felix is slowly uncovering the painful reality of his father’s past. Is he strong enough to face the truth? 

Poignant and funny, this crackerjack story of one boy’s pursuit of baseball, family, and the American dream will have readers everywhere cheering “ Play Ball”. 

Publisher Excerpt:

    “The First Pitch came in high and fast. Santi clobbered it.

    Felix leaped from his seat to watch it go - a moon shot over the left-field fence that gave The Miracle a one-run lead.

    The crowd errupted. The dugout cleared. Homer raced in from the bullpen and circled the bases with Santi, which made the crowd cheer even louder. They started cheering “ Ho-mer, Ho-mer, Ho-mer!” The players crowded around home plate as Bobby crossed it, holding out their palms for a slap. Santi jogged down the third-base line, his smile flashing against his coffe-colored skin. His teammates smothered him as he scored the go-ahead run.

    There was no better moment in his life, Felix thought. He collected Santi’s bat and slotted it back into place in the rack.”

About the Author:
Sue Corbett was born in Queens, New York, which sort of explains her rabid devotion to the New York Mets. When she isn’t following the Mets, Ms. Corbett works as a journalist and book reviewer for magazines and newspapers, including the Miami Herald.

Free Baseball is her second novel for young readers. She lives in Virginia with her husband, two infielders, one ballerina, and one talking dog named Louie.


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