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The Batboy

Philomel / 2010 / Hardcover

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Suspended from baseball, Hank Bishop loses his job and his family. And when 14-year-old Brian's dad leaves to coach in Japan, Brian didn't just miss his father---but his connection to baseball. Can batboy Brian and comeback player Hank find the relationship---and redemption---they long for on summer's field of dreams?

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 276
Vendor: Philomel
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 039925000X
ISBN-13: 9780399250002
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Ages: 9-12

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Publisher's Description

From the #1 New York Times bestseller Mike Lupica comes the story of baseball's unsung hero: The Batboy

It is every baseball kid’s dream summer job: batboy for your hometown Major League team. Yet for fourteen year- old Brian, the job means more than just the chance to hang around his idols. Baseball was the job his father loved so much, in the end he couldn’t leave it. Yet he could leave his family. Now Brian sees the job as the way to win back his father.

There is no winning back some people, though. Just ask Hank Bishop—once the most popular player in baseball before he was banned for using steroids. Now he is making his comeback. And an unlikely friendship slowly develops between this man in need of a family and this boy in need of a father.

Mike Lupica, king of the sports novel, delivers his most powerful and kid-friendly to date.

“A pennant winner.” –Kirkus Reviews
 
“Lupica. . .giv[es] his readers a behind-the-scenes look at major league sports. In this novel, he adds genuine insights into family dynamics and the emotional state of his hero.” –Booklist
 
“[T]his novel will undoubtedly appeal to those who equate summer with baseball, it should also win over readers who appreciate finely crafted storytelling and engaging characters.” –School Library Journal
 



 

 

Author Bio

Mike Lupica is the author of multiple bestselling books for young readers, including QB 1, Heat, Travel Team, Million-Dollar Throw, and The Underdogs. He has carved out a niche as the sporting world’s finest storyteller. Mike lives in Connecticut with his wife and their four children. When not writing novels, Mike Lupica writes for New York's Daily News, appears on ESPN's The Sports Reporters and hosts The Mike Lupica Show on ESPN Radio. You can visit Mike Lupica at mikelupicabooks.com
 

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Batboy:
 
“A pennant winner.” –Kirkus Reviews
 
“Lupica. . .giv[es] his readers a behind-the-scenes look at major league sports. In this novel, he adds genuine insights into family dynamics and the emotional state of his hero.” –Booklist
 
“[T]his novel will undoubtedly appeal to those who equate summer with baseball, it should also win over readers who appreciate finely crafted storytelling and engaging characters.” –School Library Journal

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