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ISBN: 9780312611118208 Pages, Ages 8-12
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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?
Here is a story about how life, like sports, can be unpredictable, frustrating, and exhilarating. Top of the Order by John Coy is part of the 4 for 4 series, an action-packed middle grade series for young readers about four boys from diverse backgrounds who deal with family, friendship, and school situations.
“Appealing characters and plenty of baseball action will make this a hit with young sports fans.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Coy effortlessly captures the voices of boys on the verge of adolescence. Jackson and his friends are fully developed.” —School Library Journal
Minnesota Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award Master List, Minnesota Maud Hart Lovelace Book A ML, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI)
"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...