Parents' Guide to

The Contract

By Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fun tale of Jeter in Little League mixes action, messages.

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The Contract is a winner for kids who love baseball, and Jeter is a perfect role model for any competitor, the embodiment of class and leadership. Derek learns -- as all kids do, eventually -- that talent isn't enough to succeed; it requires hard work, a support system, and the ability to balance different challenges at the same time.

Though the writing definitely hits the reader over the head with the morals and messages, it's inspirational nonetheless to see how crucial a role Jeter's family played in his development, especially knowing that in the end young Derek does succeed, beyond even his wildest dreams. The baseball scenes are when the book gets fun, capturing the intense psychology and ups and downs of Little League accurately and with pizzazz.

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