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Top of the Order

4 for 4

John Coy

Square Fish

Jackson’s mom is dating. Gig’s dad is going to serve in the Middle East. Isaac might be going to a new school. Diego spends his spare time working. These four friends lead different lives, but on the baseball field, they’re a strong team—the top of the order. As their last year of elementary school ends, the boys want to have their best baseball season ever. But this year, they might not even have enough players to stay in the league. Then a great player volunteers to join the team. But it’s a girl! And she plays with a pink glove! Now the team is coming apart at the seams. Will this end up being the worst season ever?

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Praise for Top of the Order

“Coy 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.”—Voice of Youth Advocates
“Coy 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.”—Voice of Youth Advocates

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • John Coy

  • 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.
  • John Coy
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Top of the Order

4 for 4

John Coy

Minnesota Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award Master List, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI)
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Square Fish

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