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Force Out



by
Tim Green

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Harper
ISBN
9780062089595
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Crime: General
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Joey and Zach are excited to finally try out for the all-star baseball team. But when the last spot comes down to Joey or Zach, can their friendship survive?

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Crime: General

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

272

Trim Size

6" x 9"

Dewey

Fic

AR

4.7: points 8

Lexile

760L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jun 2013

Book Genres


Topics

Baseball. Conduct of life. Competition. Best friends. Friendship.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Sixth-graders Joey and Zach share a dream: after the Little League championships, they’ll get chosen for the all-stars and, from there, the Center State Select team. The friends are so focused on their goal that Joey comes up with the idea of tampering with their teacher’s pickup truck to prevent Mr. Kratz from taking the class on an extra-credit field trip that would keep Zach from participating in the championship game. That action haunts Joey for much of the story, especially since his mom is a sheriff’s deputy with an uncanny ability to sniff out the truth. Exhausted and riddled with guilt and worry, he flubs the championship, and, ironically, only Zach is chosen for the all-stars. Joey gets a second chance when one of the players has to back out. Even though his mom is unrelenting in her investigation, Joey begins to believe Zach’s prediction that things are going to work out. They are floored when Coach tells them that there is only one open infielder spot on the team. Suddenly, the dynamics of their friendship change, and that change is magnified when Joey discovers that the girl he likes has cast him aside for Zach. The choices that Joey ultimately makes, the realistic portrayal of friendship lost and later restored, and the abundant baseball action guarantee that this book will find wide appeal among Green’s many fans.—Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Sixth-graders Joey and Zach share a dream: after the Little League championships, they’ll get chosen for the all-stars and, from there, the Center State Select team. The friends are so focused on their goal that Joey comes up with the idea of tampering with their teacher’s pickup truck to prevent Mr. Kratz from taking the class on an extra-credit field trip that would keep Zach from participating in the championship game. That action haunts Joey for much of the story, especially since his mom is a sheriff’s deputy with an uncanny ability to sniff out the truth. Exhausted and riddled with guilt and worry, he flubs the championship, and, ironically, only Zach is chosen for the all-stars. Joey gets a second chance when one of the players has to back out. Even though his mom is unrelenting in her investigation, Joey begins to believe Zach’s prediction that things are going to work out. They are floored when Coach tells them that there is only one open infielder spot on the team. Suddenly, the dynamics of their friendship change, and that change is magnified when Joey discovers that the girl he likes has cast him aside for Zach. The choices that Joey ultimately makes, the realistic portrayal of friendship lost and later restored, and the abundant baseball action guarantee that this book will find wide appeal among Green’s many fans.—Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA

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