Book for Kids Who Love Baseball

Today I have a book for kids who love baseball.  This new series is the result of a partnership with kid’s writer Tim Green, who specializes in sports books, and Derek Jeter, amazing professional athlete.  It is a fun story that has plenty of baseball, suspense and did I mention … baseball!  A nice new offering for kids who have exhausted their Mike Lupica collection.

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Title: Baseball Geniusbaseball genius book for kids who love baseball

Authors: Tim Green and Derek Jeter

Target: Grades 4-7

Series: This is the first book in a planned series

What this book is about:

Jalen loves baseball and he has a special gift. He can predict what the pitcher will throw before he throws it. Jalen’s father is having a hard time eking out a living so cash is short. To play on the local travel team Jalen needs money he doesn’t have. In a desperate attempt to pay the entrance fee he steals signed baseballs from the local Yankee who donates them to pay for scholarships for kids struggling to pay team fees. Jalen gets caught and the local Yankee discovers Jalen’s gift and sees an opportunity to help his fledgling career. Can the two work together to save both their baseball careers?

Why I love this book:

  • The story has action, intrigue and plenty of baseball. This one sucked me in pretty fast so readers will enjoy the suspense. The baseball was detailed enough that I was sometimes a little lost with the references, which is a good thing since I have a smaller baseball vocabulary than the average reader. However, it kept this non baseball fan turning the pages so that tells me that the story can stand on its own.
  • I liked Jalen. He is a really nice kid who makes mistakes. Kind of like most of our kids. The author partnership with Derek Jeter is also nice in enticing kids to pick up the book, although having Derek Jeter as a character in the story seemed a little strange to me.
  • The premise is a little far fetched, but it was well executed so I was able to go with it. Sports fans will eat this one up.

Who this book is for:

This book is a step up from Jeter’s other series so kids have to be ready for a more advanced text, but the chapters are shorter and very manageable. Kids who like Tim Green’s other offerings will enjoy this one as well as fans of Mike Lupica.

Final thoughts:

This book ends with lots of unanswered questions, teeing up your kids to bug you about when the next book comes out.

To purchase this book:

Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Baseball Genius.  A portion of each purchase will go to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.