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Mixed Doubles: A Benchwarmers Novel



by
John Feinstein

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN
9780374312077
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Andi Carillo may have been a soccer prodigy and a basketball standout, but tennis is where she really shines—she’s eleven years old and nationally ranked. For her, the sport is just for fun, but suddenly agents are crawling out of the woodwork to offer her deals. Her best friend, Jeff Michaels, is a talented player himself, but he’s been dropped into the number-two slot in spite of a perfect record—and he’s getting a little jealous of Andi’s star potential. These teammates will have to lean on each other more than ever if they're going to handle new emotions, face tough opponents, and close out this match with a win.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

288

Trim Size

8 3/10' x 5 2/5"

Dewey

F

AR

5.5: points 8

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2022

Book Genres

Sports, Realistic Fiction

Topics

Tennis. Sports agents. Ability. Middle schools. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Friendship. Sports and recreation.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 5 Up-This third installment of Feinstein's "Benchwarmers" series features middle grade athletes Andi Carillo and Jeff Michaels in an action-packed tennis season. Jeff is ranked as the number two tennis player, while Andi faces the razor-sharp attention that comes with being a tennis prodigy. In place of heartbreaks, popularity contests, and embarrassing moments, Feinstein portrays a firsthand account of the elite tennis world. With its fresh angle, the narrative becomes an investigation of sports agencies and the startling reality of what adults will do for fame and fortune. Placing Andi and Jeff in the action-oriented, investigative sports journalist's role, Feinstein presents a deep account of elite athletes' young lives. Although the book ends abruptly and some of the gender roles feel antiquated, Feinstein emphasizes the value of sportsmanship, friendship, and, most importantly, a real longing to play the game. VERDICT The perfect pick for sports enthusiasts, budding sports journalists, or those who might wonder about the tennis world.-Jennifer Strattman

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 5 Up-This third installment of Feinstein's "Benchwarmers" series features middle grade athletes Andi Carillo and Jeff Michaels in an action-packed tennis season. Jeff is ranked as the number two tennis player, while Andi faces the razor-sharp attention that comes with being a tennis prodigy. In place of heartbreaks, popularity contests, and embarrassing moments, Feinstein portrays a firsthand account of the elite tennis world. With its fresh angle, the narrative becomes an investigation of sports agencies and the startling reality of what adults will do for fame and fortune. Placing Andi and Jeff in the action-oriented, investigative sports journalist's role, Feinstein presents a deep account of elite athletes' young lives. Although the book ends abruptly and some of the gender roles feel antiquated, Feinstein emphasizes the value of sportsmanship, friendship, and, most importantly, a real longing to play the game. VERDICT The perfect pick for sports enthusiasts, budding sports journalists, or those who might wonder about the tennis world.-Jennifer Strattman

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