Out of Control

From the Series Travel Team

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

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?

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre High/Low, Young Adult
Copyright 2012
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Darby Creek ™
Language English
Number of Pages 120
Publication Date 2012-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.3
Text Type Fiction
BISACS YAF059010, YAF011000, YAF058000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 700
ATOS Reading Level 4.5
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 149866
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, and Reviewed

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.


  • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Winner, 2013


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