Forced Out

From the Series Travel Team

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

Zack Waddell’s baseball IQ makes him one of the Roadrunners’ most important players. When a new kid, Dustin, immediately takes their catcher’s spot, Zack is puzzled. Dustin doesn’t have the skills to be a starter. So Zack offers to help him with his swing in Dustin’s swanky personal batting cages.

Zack accidentally overhears a conversation and figures out why Dustin is starting—and why the team is suddenly able to afford an expensive trip to a New York tournament. Will Zack’s baseball instincts transfer off the field? Will the Roadrunners be able to stay focused when their team chemistry faces its greatest challenge yet?

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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 128
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.2
Text Type Fiction
BISACS YAF059010, YAF011000, YAF058000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 680
Guided Reading Level W
ATOS Reading Level 4.3
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 149864
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, and Reviewed

Author: Gene Fehler

Gene Fehler has written several books.


  • 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.”

The ALAN Review

“Demonstrate[s] an excellent knowledge of the game of baseball and its intricacies….The reader can see sacrifice and selflessness in action, as he/she also reads about the action of the game.” —The ALAN Review

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

Kirkus Reviews

“Ideal for reluctant readers who know baseball as a complex and strategic sport; the books’ brevity and recurring characters will add appeal. Useful and priced right.” —Kirkus Reviews