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The Contract

by Derek Jeter & Paul Mantell Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (September 23, 2014)

The debut book in the New York Times bestselling Contract series, The Contract is a middle grade baseball novel inspired by the youth of legendary sports icon and role model Derek Jeter.

As a young boy, Derek...


Tim Green's Baseball Collection

by Tim Green HarperCollins (September 30, 2014)

New York Times bestselling author and former NFL defensive end Tim Green delivers baseball tales with sports action and emotional heart that will keep kids on the edge of their seats. This collection contains...


Jackie Robinson

by Herb Dunn & Meryl Henderson Aladdin (August 12, 2014)

THE CHILDHOODS OF FAMOUS AMERICANS SERIES

One of the most popular series ever published for young Americans, these classics have been praised alike by parents, teachers, and librarians. With these lively inspiring,...


Baseball World Series

by Matt Christopher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (July 01, 2014)

The final book in the series has Liam and Carter's teams on the verge of winning the greatest championship of all: the Little League Baseball® World Series. Cousins and best friends who grew up playing baseball...


Best of the Best

by Tim Green HarperCollins (March 22, 2011)

Josh is still flying high from his team's tournament win at Coopers­town when his parents start talking about a divorce. Now his dad is challenging him to play the best of the best at the Little League World...


The Super Sluggers: Wing Ding

by Kevin Markey HarperCollins (February 22, 2011)

"I'd heard stories about the yips actually taking over a player's arm. Making it twitch like a dog with fleas. But I'd always thought they were urban legends."

After winning the pennant last year, the Rounders...


Perfect Game

by Matt Christopher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (March 04, 2014)

Two weeks of intense competition remain to decide the final teams for the Little League® World Series. This year, the anticipation is high as it's possible that both of the previous final two teams will return,...


Extra Innings

by Tiki Barber, Ronde Barber & Paul Mantell Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (February 18, 2014)

Batter up! Football, basketball, and now baseball—is there anything the Barber brothers won’t try their best to do? The Barbers join the baseball team in this home-run adventure from NFL superstars and bestselling...


Blastin' the Blues

by Loren Long & Phil Bildner Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (February 23, 2010)

After jumping off the train to St. Louis, Griffith, Woody, and Dog find their way back to the Travelin’ Nine. Meanwhile, the rest of the team prepares for the next game—but before they can even get warmed...


Lucky

by Wes Tooke Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (February 23, 2010)

Louis isn’t very good at playing baseball, but he knows and loves the game more than anybody. He loves the purity of the sport, the sound of the crack of a bat, and the smell of freshly cut grass in the stadium....


Roberto Clemente

by Montrew Dunham & Meryl Henderson Aladdin (September 05, 2008)

Roberto Clemente Walker was a Puerto Rican professional baseball player. He played 18 seasons at right field for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was a National League, Most Valuable Player once, All-Star twelve times...


Horsin' Around

by Loren Long & Phil Bildner Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (February 24, 2009)

The year is 1899, and the Travelin' Nine are crisscrossing the good ol' U.S. of A., raising money to pay off the Payne family's big-league debt!

As the team heads into the River City, Griffith is beginning...


Edward's Eyes

by Patricia Maclachlan Atheneum Books for Young Readers (February 24, 2009)

Jake is a part of an extraordinary family.

He has a life filled with art, music, and long summer nights on the Cape. He has hours and days and months of baseball. But, more than anything in this world, Jake...


State Showdown

by Matt Christopher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 08, 2013)

In the third book of this five book Little League Baseball® series, pitcher Carter Jones and his Forest Park All-Star teammates move on to Sectionals competition. Catcher Liam McGrath, Carter's cousin, has...


Zombie Baseball Beatdown

by Paolo Bacigalupi Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 10, 2013)

In this inventive, fast-paced novel, New York Times bestselling and Printz Award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi takes on hard-hitting themes--from food safety to racism and immigration--and creates a zany,...


District Doubleheader

by Matt Christopher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (July 16, 2013)

Little League Baseball® players Liam and Carter are still adjusting to changes since Liam's family moved across the country to California. Liam is faced with having to prove himself all over again to his new...


Center Field

by Robert Lipsyte HarperTeen (March 23, 2010)

Mike has his junior year well under control. He's got a solid group of friends. He's dating Lori, one of the hottest girls in school. And Coach Cody has all but given him the starting spot as the Ridgedale Rangers'...


Rivals

by Tim Green HarperCollins (March 23, 2010)

Cooperstown! Josh is thrilled when all his hard training pays off in a big way and his team, the Titans, makes it to a national tournament in Cooperstown, home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. More is...


The Super Sluggers: Wall Ball

by Kevin Markey HarperCollins (March 02, 2010)

Springtime in Rambletown means one thing—another season of Rounders baseball!

Old Man Winter has delivered more snow than the post office has delivered mail! The only way the Rounders are getting to first...


Roberto & Me

by Dan Gutman HarperCollins (March 02, 2010)

Sometimes you can change history . . . and sometimes history can change you.

When Stosh travels into the past to meet Roberto Clemente, a legendary ballplayer and a beloved humanitarian, he's got only one goal:...


Force Out

by Tim Green HarperCollins (March 05, 2013)

New York Times bestselling author Tim Green hits it out of the park with this action-packed baseball novel about some friendly competition. Perfect for fans of Mike Lupica.

Joey and Zach have been best friends...


Play Ball!

by Matt Christopher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (March 05, 2013)

Eleven-year-old cousins catcher Liam McGrath 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...


Batting Order

by Mike Lupica Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 28, 2019)

A New York Times bestseller

From acclaimed author of the Home Team Mike Lupica comes a brand-new novel about the heart and soul of baseball.

On or off the field, Matt and Ben couldn’t be more different. Ben...


My Life as a Diamond

by Jenny Manzer Orca Book Publishers (September 25, 2018)

Ten-year-old Caspar "Caz" Cadman loves baseball and has a great arm. He loves the sounds, the smells, the stats. When his family moves from Toronto to a suburb of Seattle, the first thing he does is try out...


Hurricane Heat

by Steven Barwin Orca Book Publishers (May 01, 2013)

Everything stops making sense for southpaw Travis Barkley when his parents die in a car crash and he is separated from his sister, Amanda. After years of being in the foster-care system, Travis receives a puzzling...


Wildfire

by Deb Loughead Orca Book Publishers (August 28, 2018)

Bridgewood is having one of the hottest summers on record. Despite the strict fire ban, fires keep breaking out, and it's starting to look like arson. Dylan O'Connor, as usual, is right in the thick of things,...


Playing for Pride

by Timothy Tocher Meadowbrook (July 10, 2012)

A New Sport with New Rules—Can Laurie Come Through for Her Team?

With the girls’ softball season about to start, fifth-grader Laurie Bird Preston can’t decide what to do. Her friends are trying out for...


The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball

by Dori Jones Yang SparkPress (August 15, 2017)

Despite his impulsive and curious nature, twelve-year-old Leon is determined to follow the Emperor’s rules—to live with an American family, study hard, and return home to modernize China. But he also must...


The Boy from Left Field

by Tom Henighan Dundurn (February 18, 2012)

Hawk, a poor, half-Native boy who lives on the street in Toronto, is eager to go back to school and to please both his divorced parents. When Mr. Rizzuto, his baseball coach, tells him how Babe Ruth, playing...


Pinch Hit

by Tim Green HarperCollins (March 13, 2012)

Trevor and Sam look alike. But their lives couldn't be more different.

Trevor is a movie star, living the Hollywood life in a huge mansion with his own limo, pool, and bowling alley. There's nothing he doesn't...


You Throw Like a Girl

by Rachele Alpine Aladdin (February 14, 2017)

Miss Congeniality meets She’s the Man in this hilarious M!X novel about a girl torn between competing in a beauty pageant and playing on the boy’s baseball team.

Gabby’s summer vacation isn’t shaping...


Baseball Genius

by Tim Green & Derek Jeter Aladdin (March 07, 2017)

An average kid with an above average talent for predicting baseball pitches tries to help his favorite player out of a slump in this New York Times bestselling novel from authors Tim Green and Derek Jeter.

Jalen...


Fair Ball

by Derek Jeter & Paul Mantell Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (April 18, 2017)

Inspired by Derek Jeter’s own life, Fair Ball is the fourth middle grade novel in the New York Times bestselling Jeter Publishing Program and focuses on the theme “the world isn’t always fair.”

Life isn’t...


Home of the Brave

by Loren Long & Phil Bildner Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 04, 2010)

After the rousing success in New Orleans, the Paynes face yet another crushing defeat when the Chancellor’s thugs finally steal the baseball—and kill their uncle in the process. Faced with a second funeral...


Great Balls of Fire

by Loren Long & Phil Bildner Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (April 14, 2009)

Where there's smoke...

The year is 1899 and the Travelin' Nine are barnstorming their way across the good ol' U. S. of A., trying to raise money to pay off the Payne family's big-league debt.

Pulling into...


The Secret Life of Dr. Demented

by Dan Gutman Gallery Books (November 03, 2001)

Every American Wrestling Federation fan knows that, the evil Dr. Demented is the nastiest and most violent pro wrestler around, the man everyone loves to hate. He's always insulting the audience, inflicting...


Water, Water Everywhere

by Loren Long & Phil Bildner Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (April 14, 2009)

In over their heads?

THE YEAR IS 1899, and the Travelin' Nine are barnstorming their way across the good ol' U.S. of A., trying to raise money to pay off the Payne family's big-league debt.

Griffith has a...


Magic in the Outfield

by Loren Long & Phil Bildner Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (February 24, 2009)

Griffith, Graham, and Ruby's father passed away in the war. And now they must join their mother and their father's wartime traveling baseball team, The Travelin' Nine, on a tour of America to raise money. No...


About the B'nai Bagels

by E.L. Konigsburg Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 10, 2011)

Mark Setzer thought studying for his Bar Mitzvah and having his best friend move away created enough aggravation in his life. But then his mother becomes the new manager of his Little League team and drags his...


King of the Mound

by Wes Tooke Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (February 21, 2012)

Baseball legend Satchel Paige changes a boy’s life in this coming-of-age tale from the author of Lucky.

When Nick is released from the hospital after suffering from polio, he is sure that his father will never...


Change Up

by Derek Jeter & Paul Mantell Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (April 26, 2016)

In the third book in the New York Times bestselling middle grade series inspired by the life of iconic New York Yankee Derek Jeter, Derek’s father keeps his promise to coach his son’s youth baseball team....


Honus & Me

by Dan Gutman HarperCollins (October 06, 2009)

With more than 2 million books sold, the Baseball Card Adventures bring the greatest players in history to life!

Joe Stoshack lives for baseball. He knows everything there is to know about the game—except how...


Shoeless Joe & Me

by Dan Gutman HarperCollins (October 06, 2009)

When Joe Stoshack hears about Shoeless Joe Jackson -- and the gambling scandal that destroyed the star player's career -- he knows what he has to do. If he travels back in time with a 1919 baseball card in his...


Home Run

by Tim Green HarperCollins (February 23, 2016)

Perfect for fans of Mike Lupica's sports books and Dan Gutman's Baseball Card Adventures, New York Times bestselling author and former NFL player Tim Green gives readers a thrilling new addition to his bestselling...


Hit & Miss

by Derek Jeter & Paul Mantell Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (April 28, 2015)

The second book in the New York Times bestselling Jeter Publishing imprint, Hit & Miss is a middle grade baseball novel inspired by the youth of legendary sports icon and role model Derek Jeter.

“Just try to...


Out at Second

by Matt Christopher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (February 08, 2011)

Should Manny keep his promise-even if it puts his friend in danger? When the Grizzlies' first basemen is sidelined two days before the playoffs, catcher Manny Griffin and second baseman Stu Fletcher take it...


Two Strikes On Johnny

by Matthew F Christopher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (December 19, 2009)

Can Johnny hit the home run? Read and find out in this story about baseball.


Too Hot to Handle

by Matthew F Christopher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (December 19, 2009)

Baseball runs in David Kroft's family. His father was a good player in his day, his uncles play on professional teams, and David's older brother, Don, is the best short-stop in the history of Penwood High School....


Supercharged Infield

by Matt Christopher & Julie Downing Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (December 19, 2009)

Penny Farrell, captain and third baseman of the Hawks softball team, tries to uncover the reason for the strange behavior of two teammates who have also suddenly turned into super athletes.


Mystery Coach

by Matthew F Christopher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (December 19, 2009)

When their coach becomes ill and their baseball team starts falling apart, several of the Blazers begin receiving coaching tips from an anonymous phone caller.