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The Batboy

By Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Conversation starter for kids who look up to pro athletes.

Book Mike Lupica Sports 2010
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This is a timely exploration of why some athletes turn to steroids, how our society treats them when they get caught, and celebrity worship in general. Although the heavy description of baseball games and stats may bore kids who don't care about sports, it's a fast-paced sports story with believable characterizations of teen boys and driven athletes. And there's a complicated father-son relationship treated very realistically that will resonate with kids who have an absent or disappointing parental relationship. Brian grows to realize that his father's inability to be a good dad has nothing to do with what kind of son he is. As always with Mike Lupica's sports stories, there's so much more happening off the field.

Book Details

  • Author: Mike Lupica
  • Genre: Sports
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Philomel
  • Publication date: March 9, 2010
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 14
  • Number of pages: 247
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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