Jackson’s parents are divorced and his mother has started dating. Gig’s dad is in the National Guard and has been called up to serve in the Middle East. Isaac's dad wants him to go to a different middle school than all his friends. Diego is the new kid in school, a power-hitter who works with his family on the weekends and can't make every team practice. These four friends lead different lives, but on the baseball field, they're a strong team, the top of the order. In this crucial last year of elementary school, they’re faced with preparing for middle school and dealing with a new member of their team—a girl!
Acclaimed author John Coy takes readers into the hearts and minds of 5th grade boys, with plenty of baseball action that's sure to keep even the most reluctant readers turning the pages.
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“Run out to the position you want to play,” Coach claps. I run to short, the best position on the field. Gig races to the mound. Diego takes first and Tony Cerrato’s at third. In the outfield, Isaac’s in center, Steve Stein’s in left, and Cole Gunderson’s in right. Behind the plate, Noah Hauser is catching. But nobody is at second. As I blow a bubble, I turn to see a clatter on the hill behind first base. A boy on a bike is racing toward us.
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“Coy (Box Out) brings his successful combination of relatable characters and sports action to his middle-grade debut...Coy does a good job keeping his story grounded in the concerns that kids this age would have, and his characters . . . are appealing and true to life. Young baseball fans will enjoy the infield banter, Gig’s corn-dogs-up-the-nose antics and the grand slam ending.”—Publishers Weekly
“Keeping the tone light and folding in suspenseful game action, Coy underscores the importance of teamwork, bonding, and being open to change both on an off the field.”—Booklist
“Gripping play-by-play and a fast-moving plot will appeal to sports enthusiasts and reluctant readers.”—School Library Journal
“Appealing characters and plenty of baseball action will make this a hit with young sports fans.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The strength of teamwork is emphasized here, making it a fun read with a positive message.”—VOYA
John Coy has written several books for children and spends much of his time as a writer-in-residence at elementary schools. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Minnesota Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award Master List
F&P Level A-Z: U