TweensRecommended Reading: Batter Up

Baseball

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Fiction

Dugout rivals
YPB BOW
Twelve-year-old Jake, who was one of his mediocre baseball team's best players the previous season, unexpectedly finds himself overshadowed when a new player shows up and the team starts winning.

Throwing heat
YPB BOW
Eighth-grader Jack Lerner relies on pitching fast balls until a young college coach teaches him that throwing the heat may not be the best way to win games.

Winners take all
YPB BOW
When Kyle fakes a catch, his baseball team goes on to win the league championship but Kyle doesn't feel good about winning by cheating. Includes a section on the sportsmanship of Christy Mathewson, a pitcher who played professional baseball in the early 1900s.

The Girl who threw butterflies (book) The Girl who threw butterflies (audio)
YF COC
 Eighth-grader Molly's ability to throw a knuckleball earns her a spot on the baseball team, which not only helps her feel connected to her recently deceased father, who loved baseball, it helps in other aspects of her life, as well.

Top of the order / John Coy.
YF COY
 Ten-year-old Jackson lives for baseball, but becomes distracted by the approach of middle school, his mother's latest boyfriend, and the presence of a girl--his good friend's sister--on his team.

With the might of angels : the diary of Dawnie Rae Johnson
YF DEA
In 1955 Hadley, Virginia, twelve-year-old Dawnie Rae Johnson, a tomboy who excels at baseball and at her studies, becomes the first African American student to attend the all-white Prettyman Coburn school, turning her world upside down. Includes historical notes about the period.

Change-up : mystery at the World Series (book) and Change up (audio)
YF FEI
While covering baseball's World Series between the Washington Nationals and the Boston Red Sox, teenage sports reporters Stevie and Susan Carol investigate a rookie pitcher whose evasive answers during an interview reveal more than a few contradictions in his life story.

The Brooklyn nine : a novel in nine innings
YF GRA
Follows the fortunes of a German immigrant family through nine generations, beginning in 1845, as they experience American life and play baseball.

Baseball great (book) and Baseball great (audio)
YF GRE
All twelve-year-old Josh wants to do is play baseball but when his father, a minor league pitcher, signs him up for a youth championship team, Josh finds himself embroiled in a situation with potentially illegal consequences.

Force out / Tim Green.
YF GRE
When Joey has to compete with his best friend, Zach, for a single spot on an elite baseball team, he is forced to decide how far he is willing to go to win.

Honus & me
YF GUT
Joey, who loves baseball but is not very good at it, finds a valuable 1909 Honus Wagner card and travels back in time to meet Honus.

The Fenway foul-up
YPB KEL
Cousins Mike and Kate are at Boston's Fenway Park when the Red Sox's star hitter discovers that his lucky baseball bat has been stolen.

The Batboy (book),  The batboy (ebook ) and The batboy (audio)
YF LUP
Even though his mother feels baseball ruined her marriage to his father, she allows fourteen-year-old Brian to become a bat boy for the Detroit Tigers, who have just drafted his favorite player back onto the team.

Safe at home : a Comeback Kids novel
YF LUP
Playing baseball was the one thing that made twelve-year-old Nick Crandall feel at home until he found acceptance with adoptive parents, but he faces a new struggle to fit in when he becomes the first seventh-grader ever to make the varsity baseball team.

Baseball saved us
YF OVS MOC
 A Japanese American boy learns to play baseball when he and his family are forced to live in an internment camp during World War II, and his ability to play helps him after the war is over.

Hothead
YF RIP
Connor Sullivan, All-Star third baseman on his Babe Ruth League team, has a terrible temper and problems at home, but when the sports editor of the school paper threatens to publish an embarrassing story about his tantrums, Connor must make a change.

The unwilling umpire
YPB ROY
When the umpire at the baseball game fundraiser is accused of stealing a collection of autographed baseballs, Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose try to prove his innocence.

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Nonfiction

Nifty thrifty sports crafts
Y 745.5 HOL
 Provides step-by-step instructions for various sports-themed projects, including baseball fans, team spirit pennants, golf business card holders, and personalized sports water bottles.

Baseball science
Y 796.357 BOW
Pitchers put their entire bodies into their pitches, and batters hit balls that fly toward them at 100 miles per hour. Find out how pitchers throw curveballs, learn about the training techniques and nutritional requirements of professional players, and much, much more.

The story of the New York Yankees
Y 796.357 FIS
The history of the New York Yankees professional baseball team from its inaugural season to today, spotlighting the team's greatest players and most memorable moments

The story of the New York Mets
Y 796.357 GOO
The history of the New York Mets professional baseball team from its inaugural 1962 season to today, spotlighting the team's greatest players and most memorable moments

The best of everything baseball book
Y 796.357 LEB
Photographs and text describe memorable players, plays, games, and moments from the history of baseball, and includes a time line, glossary, and other resources.

Baseball. Rules of the game
Y 796.357 LLO
Surveys the rules of baseball, covering such aspects as strikes, walks, outs, innings, and runs.

Take me out to the ballpark
YF OVS 796.357068 LEV
Presents photographs, statistics, historical facts, and anecdotes about nearly fifty major baseball parks in the U.S., and includes essays on minor league ballparks, groundskeepers, announcers and mascots, night games, and other aspects of the sport.

 

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Links

Baseball History - Brief history of the game from isports.

The Ducks  - The Long Island Ducks

MLB for Kids - MLB website for kids.

 

 

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