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From the Series Locked Out

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

Life is looking up for Xavier. Things are good with Jennie, his baseball coach believes in him, he’s earned the role of closer, and his dad’s coming home after serving ten years.

But making up for lost time with his dad doesn’t go as Xavier had hoped. It seems his dad’s always angry with him. Or drinking. Or out. Or lecturing Xavier on what it means to be a man. When the tension at home builds, Xavier’s own hot temper flares, threatening to send him down the same path as his father. Xavier is determined to make a different life. Can he figure out how to control his actions to keep his baseball dreams alive?

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre High/Low, Young Adult
Copyright 2015
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Darby Creek ™
Language English
Number of Pages 112
Publication Date 2015-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.5
Text Type Fiction
BISACS YAF018000, YAF011000, YAF058110
Dewey [Fic]
Lexile 620
ATOS Reading Level 4.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 171232
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed

Author: Patrick Jones

Patrick Jones lives in Minneapolis and is the author of many novels including the Support and Defend series. A former librarian, Jones received lifetime achievement awards from the American Library Association and the Catholic Library Association.



“[T]he gritty, realistic story should appeal to older readers in need of simpler writing that can keep them engaged through short chapters and relevant content.”―Booklist Online