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By Kristen Breck, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Hit book teams baseball with lessons on character.

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HOTHEAD is a fairly predictable and simple baseball story filled with lessons about character. There is enough play-by-play action to keep baseball fans turning pages, and Connor's personal drama will attract other young readers. The writing is clunky and filled with cliches, and the dialogue between kids often seems too mature for their ages. Also, some readers may notice that Connor never actually says the words, "I am sorry" to his best friend or teammates after letting them down and even inflicting injury, which may seem out of step with the moralistic tone of the book. But ultimately readers will know that he has learned to control himself thanks to his good heart and the support of the kind people around him.

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