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Much Ado about Baseball



by
Rajani LaRocca

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Little Bee Books
Imprint
little bee books
ISBN
9781499811018
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In this companion novel to Midsummer's Mayhem, math and baseball combine with savory snacks to cause confusion and calamity in the town of Comity.

Twelve-year-old Trish can solve tough math problems and throw a mean fastball. But because of her mom's new job, she's now facing a summer trying to make friends all over again in a new town. That isn't an easy thing to do, and her mom is too busy to notice how miserable she is.

But at her first baseball practice, Trish realizes one of her teammates is Ben, the sixth-grade math prodigy she beat in the spring Math Puzzler Championships. Everyone around them seems to think that with their math talent and love of baseball, it's only logical that Trish and Ben become friends, but Ben makes it clear he still hasn't gotten over that loss and can't stand her. To make matters worse, their team can't win a single game. But then they meet Rob, an older kid who smacks home runs without breaking a sweat. Rob tells them about his family's store, which sells unusual snacks that will make them better ballplayers. Trish is dubious, but she's willing to try almost anything to help the team.

When a mysterious booklet of math puzzles claiming to reveal the "ultimate answer" arrives in her mailbox, Trish and Ben start to get closer and solve the puzzles together. Ben starts getting hits, and their team becomes unstoppable. Trish is happy to keep riding the wave of good luck … until they get to a puzzle they can't solve, with tragic consequences. Can they find the answer to this ultimate puzzle, or will they strike out when it counts the most?Black-and-white illustrations. 

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

336

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4.4: points 9

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Oct 2021

Book Genres

Sports

Topics

Baseball. Mathematical recreations. Friendship. Sports and recreation. Mathematics. Shakespeare adaptations. Competition.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 5-7–Magic is afoot once again in Comity, MA, in this stand-alone companion novel to LaRocca’s Midsummer’s Mayhem. After moving to Comity, 12-year-old Trish Das worries about being accepted as the only girl on her baseball team. Making matters worse, Trish’s math puzzle competition rival Ben Messina plays on the same team. Insecure about his baseball skills and resentful of Trish’s most recent math competition victory, Ben clashes with her while his best friend, Abhi, schemes to get the two to become friends (à la Much Ado About Nothing). In this book told in alternating perspectives, Trish and Ben stumble across copies of a mysterious book called The Mathematics of the Wild, whose odd math puzzles seem to magically help the team and bring the former rivals together. But when the books disappear just before the championship game, Abhi’s life is endangered and they must seek answers in Comity’s enchanted woods. Fans of Midsummer’s Mayhem will delight in a return to the richly developed setting of Comity and its familiar quirky characters. A relatable sports plot about rivalry, teamwork, and forgiveness is elevated by lyrical descriptive writing and the unique intersection of mathematics and nature in the book’s puzzles, which readers will be eager to solve. Trish is Indian American, and Ben is white. VERDICT This ambitious, layered story pulls together sports, Shakespeare, and mathematics while conveying a sweet, accessible message of the value of friendship and forgiveness. Recommended for all collections; hand to fans of Stacy McAnulty’s The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl or Erin Yun’s Pippa Park Raises Her Game.–Elizabeth Giles, Kansas City P. L., MO

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 5-7–Magic is afoot once again in Comity, MA, in this stand-alone companion novel to LaRocca’s Midsummer’s Mayhem. After moving to Comity, 12-year-old Trish Das worries about being accepted as the only girl on her baseball team. Making matters worse, Trish’s math puzzle competition rival Ben Messina plays on the same team. Insecure about his baseball skills and resentful of Trish’s most recent math competition victory, Ben clashes with her while his best friend, Abhi, schemes to get the two to become friends (à la Much Ado About Nothing). In this book told in alternating perspectives, Trish and Ben stumble across copies of a mysterious book called The Mathematics of the Wild, whose odd math puzzles seem to magically help the team and bring the former rivals together. But when the books disappear just before the championship game, Abhi’s life is endangered and they must seek answers in Comity’s enchanted woods. Fans of Midsummer’s Mayhem will delight in a return to the richly developed setting of Comity and its familiar quirky characters. A relatable sports plot about rivalry, teamwork, and forgiveness is elevated by lyrical descriptive writing and the unique intersection of mathematics and nature in the book’s puzzles, which readers will be eager to solve. Trish is Indian American, and Ben is white. VERDICT This ambitious, layered story pulls together sports, Shakespeare, and mathematics while conveying a sweet, accessible message of the value of friendship and forgiveness. Recommended for all collections; hand to fans of Stacy McAnulty’s The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl or Erin Yun’s Pippa Park Raises Her Game.–Elizabeth Giles, Kansas City P. L., MO

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