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Eleven-year-old cousins who are closer than most brothers, catcher Liam McCarthy and pitcher Carter Jones, grew up playing baseball together. Now, their team is on the verge of winning the greatest championship of all: the Little League Baseball World Series. To reach the title match, however, they must first beat their number one rivals from Southern California. Little do they know that the game will prove to be just the first challenge they'll face on their road to the championships.

From the Little League series.

©2013 Matt Christopher (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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Pretty Good Youth Baseball Story

I’ve been a youth baseball coach since 1991 and actually coached in two World Series (1991, 1993). For the most part the stories are pretty good, although some of the kids’ dialogue doesn’t sound like 11 and 12 year old kids. Some of the 12(u) little league game details are not good. First, obstruction of the type Carter was angry about, should have actually been called. Whether or not a defensive player intends to obstruct a base runner advancing to the next base is irrelevant. Obstruction should have been called. And a good coach would have brought it to the attention of the umpires. There have been plenty of examples of this in the little league World Series. At the 12(u) majors level in little league baseball base runners are not allowed to take lead offs. And finally, a kid who is not following through on a swing is very obvious (we call it “hitting to contact”) and should have been caught by Liam’s dad or his fall ball coach. Especially a kid that was on all stars who is suddenly not hitting with the power he had just a couple months prior. Regardless, it is a big swing detail that would definitely be obvious, not something that would only be noticed in video review. And finally, the curve ball issue was debated for years. But, at the 12(u) level the curve ball normally taught is not at all harmful. It’s actually a very easy motion to master and does not put any undue stress on elbows. I would also have liked to have seen more environmental or setting detail added to the stories. But overall these were good stories and appropriate for young kids playing baseball. As a long time coach I can’t help but knit-pick those details.

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This is a book about rich kids

Matt Christopher needs to write more books about kids with real conflicts in their lives, Mike Lupica does a great job of mixing sports and conflicts together in a way my kids can understand. He covers serious issues that we need to try to fix. Matt Christopher needs to do that too.