Reuven is quiet and thoughtful. His younger brother Avi is outgoing and impulsive. As irritating as they can be to each other, the boys have two strong bonds-the solidity of their Jewish family life and their passionate love for baseball. As the book opens, Reuven, a pitcher, is desperately working for a spot on the end-of-season All-Star team, while happy-go-lucky Avi probably hasn’t even thought that far ahead. Reuven is willing to ignore the advice of his parents and even involve his younger brother in his campaign to succeed. The tensions leading to the big game-and its surprise outcome-will satisfy all young baseball fans.
|Interest Level||Grade 5 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 5|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Kar-Ben Publishing ®|
- Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable
Chicago Jewish Star
“…will engage a young reader right from the first page. [Who] doesn’t relate to sibling rivalry, team competition, school achievement and family relations? Add girls…and you’ve got the perfect mix to for this age group.”
Illustrator: Craig Orback
Craig Orback is a freelance children's book illustrator living in the Northwest and received his B.F.A. in illustration from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle in 1998. He has illustrated Nature's Paintbox, The Can Man, Keeping The Promise: A Torah's Journey, and other award-winning children's books. He teaches children's book illustration and oil painting at several local colleges. In his free time he enjoys painting landscapes and sharing his books with kids during school and library visits.