Out of Control
From the Series Travel Team
Carlos “Trip” Costas is a fiery shortstop with many talents and passions. His father is Julio Costas—yes, the Julio Costas, the famous singer. Unfortunately, Julio is also famous for being loud, controlling, and sometimes violent with Trip. He dreams of seeing his son play in the majors, but that’s not what Trip wants.
When Trip decides to take a break from baseball to focus on his own music, his father loses his temper. He threatens to stop donating money to the team. Will the Roadrunners survive losing their biggest financial backer and their star shortstop? Will Trip have the courage to follow his dreams, and not his father’s?
|Interest Level||Grade 6 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 4|
|Genre||Fiction, High/Low, Young Adult|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Darby Creek ™|
|Number of Pages||120|
|Reading Counts! Level||4.3|
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The Horn Book Guide
“The Roadrunners travel baseball team encounters daunting opponents on the field while tensions off the field threaten the team’s solidarity. Dustin’s father blackmails the coach; Sammy loses his power hitting when forced to switch from aluminum to wood bats; Trip alienates his father when he considers pursuing music instead of the major leagues. Crisp dialogue and personal challenges keep this series alive for baseball fans.”
School Library Journal
“These authors pack a lot of drama and sports action into about 100 pages…. Students will appreciate the real-life issues and ethical dilemmas that the players face.” —School Library Journal
Author: Rick Jasper
Rick Jasper is a former middle-school teacher and a long-time magazine editor and writer. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, he currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his daughter.