Parents' Guide to

The Big Field

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Action-packed, emotional dad-son baseball story.

Book Mike Lupica Sports 2008
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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 9+

Fantastic Read

Mike Lupica does it again. A great story for those readers looking for something a little more challenging than Matt Christopher's famous sports books.

This title has:

Great messages
age 12+

Perfect for teenagers (12,13,14,15,16,17,18)

My 13 year old son hates to read and out of all of the books he had to read in his life he only liked three books and "The Big Field" is one of those three books

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (10):

Most good sports books are exciting, suspenseful, and action-packed, and this one is too -- the many game and practice scenes are fast-paced and lovingly described. Here's what some of the best baseball books are: lyrical, almost poetic, in their attempt to capture that indefinable feeling that makes baseball different from any other sport. This one is too -- Lupica's sharp and rhythmic prose brilliantly captures the passion, joy, intelligence, and beauty of the summertime sport.

Here's what most of those other books are not: moving, powerfully emotional, as much concerned with the characters as with the sports action. But this one is. There's really only one other writer who can pack this much emotion and sheer intelligence into sports fiction for kids: Bruce Brooks, and he hasn't had a new novel in years. Lupica deftly uses Hutch's rivalry with Darryl to lay bare Hutch's troubled relationship with his distant and disappointed father, who has given up on life and wants Hutch to do the same. This is what you hope for when you recommend a sports book to reluctant readers: action that will keep them riveted to the page in a story will help deepen their understanding of the game, of people, and of life.

Book Details

  • Author: Mike Lupica
  • Genre: Sports
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Philomel
  • Publication date: February 25, 2008
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Last updated: June 17, 2015

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