Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Super-Sized Slugger

Moving to a new school is hard enough without being overweight.  Still, Cody's a baseball whiz, and that should help him fit in.  If only the class bully wasn't trying out for the same position.  And when a rash of thefts strikes his school, the trouble might only be beginning for Cody.

Super-Sized Slugger by Cal Ripken, Jr. with Kevin Cowherd is the second book in the Cal Ripken, Jr.'s All-Stars series.

It's no surprise that young baseball fans should enjoy this book.  There are plenty of high-stakes situations on the field with enough technical jargon to please those in the know while still keeping the action clear for those who aren't.  While the language can occasionally ring false, the plots found off the field offer plenty of tension as well.  Cody's efforts to make friends and avoid bullies will be familiar to many kids while the larceny subplot adds some more exotic drama.  This is technically the second book in a series, but there is no reason it can't be enjoyed on its own.

Super-Sized Slugger is published by Hyperion and retails for $16.99 (hardcover).  I received my complementary copy from the publisher (although this review was not solicited or otherwise compensated).  You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!

Cal Ripken, Jr. will be appearing at St. Louis County Library, 1640 S. Lindbergh, 63131, Friday, March 9, at 6:00 p.m. to speak and sign copies of Super-Sized Slugger and his other books.  Please join us, or call the store at 314-367-6731 to find out how you can get a book signed in absentia.

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