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Six Innings: A Game in the Life

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Pregame
 
Sam Reiser's bed was pushed against a second-floor window that overlooked a stand of cherry trees. The trees on this June morning were filled with birds, chirping like lunatic alarm clocks.
 
Sam's first thought: Shut-up, birds. I'm trying to sleep. Second thought: Big game today. The championship game. Earl Grubb's Pool Supplies vs. Northeast Gas & Electric. Jeez, Sam thought, couldn't they give better names to these Little League teams? Why didn't they have real names, like the Cubs or the Pirates?
 
Three weeks short of thirteen, Sam had already played on teams called Adirondack Wood Floors, Huck Finn's Warehouse, and Dahlia's Dance Studio--with turquoise-trimmed jerseys, no less. That was about as uncool as you could get. But once the games started, Sam conceded, the names didn't matter. It would take more than a bad name to ruin a good thing like baseball.
 
Sam wasn't playing in today's championship game, but he would be the announcer. That had become his thing this difficult season; he was the boy in the booth, the voice in the sky, and no one dared say "boo" to him. The digital clock read 6:37. Sam had to pee. That's why he awoke, he guessed, pressure on the bladder; that, or the lousy birds who wouldn't shut-up about the brand-new day. The sun comes up, like it does every day, and those featherheads act like it's the most amazing thing in the world.
 
Chirp, chirp, chirp.
 
Big wow.
 
There was a buzzer rigged to Sam's headboard, one of his dad's proud contraptions, designed to make life a little easier. Just push the button and a bell sounded in three rooms of the house. Then his mother or father would come bounding into the room: "Are you all right? How can we help?!" And if Sam didn't look into their eyes--didn't really look--then it would be okay.
 
Sam made a point not to look in anyone's eyes.
 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312367633
Publisher:
Feiwel & Friends
Subject:
Baseball
Author:
Preller, James
Subject:
Little league baseball
Subject:
Sports & Recreation - Baseball
Subject:
Cancer
Subject:
Boys
Subject:
Men
Subject:
Health
Subject:
Daily Living/Diseases, Illnesses
Subject:
Injuries
Subject:
Boys / Men
Subject:
Health & Daily Living/Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries
Subject:
Children s-Sports Fiction-Baseball
Subject:
Health & Daily Living - Daily Activities
Edition Description:
Middle-Grade Fiction
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 4 to 9
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
7.63 x 5.22 x 0.47 in
Age Level:
09-14

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Children's » Middle Readers » General
Children's » Sports and Outdoors » Sports Fiction » Baseball and Softball

Six Innings: A Game in the Life
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Product details 160 pages Feiwel & Friends - English 9780312367633 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
A game in the life of a Little League team playing their championship game - and two best friends whose bond is put to the test.
"Synopsis" by ,
It’s the biggest game of the season, and twenty-three boys are ready to play. They’re checking each other out, plotting their strategies, and psyching themselves up. But one kid isn’t on the field. Sam Reiser, the announcer, is sitting it out this season. He can’t play, but he’s not about to miss a game. And watching over it all is exciting—the acrobatic catches, the incredible hits, the devastating errors—it’s just not the same. Sam’s friend Mike knows how he feels. Mike’s out in right field, wishing Sam could join him. Because this isn’t just a big game. It’s the championship—the biggest game of their lives.
"Synopsis" by ,
Dylan feels the ball in his glove, grips it across the seam, reaches back for something extra, and blows Angel away with a high fast-ball. Strike three! Yes!
 
Sam Reiser leans back and savors the moment. He is now completely caught up in the game. Everything else falls away, all life's distractions, like a skin that's been shed. He doesn't worry about his hair, or homework, or doctors. He isn't concerned about tomorrow. That's what baseball gives him, the urgency of the here and now.
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