Barry loves to win his baseball games and will resort to “alternate” ways to win. He is set in his ways until he meets hit match in a game. When an opposing player does the right thing, Barry decides he can too. Matt Christopher is a popular sports fiction author at my school. I’ve gotten the kids turned on to his higher-level fiction books. This will be a great addition for our younger readers. Boys will be especially drawn to the cover.
Richmond Public Schools, October 2011
In each of the nine books in this series (one per team member), the story is told from the point of view of young boys who play on a baseball team. Each story portrays typical problems or decisions kids might face at school, home or on the field. Every individual must tackle his belief in his abilities as well as work with others on the tram. These simple books will have readers who are just beginning to read chapter books clamoring for the next book. Although the text mentions the characters in the other stories, each volume can be read out of order or even as a stand alone title. Fans of Matt Christopher sports fiction will enjoy these reissued editions. The sports related vocabulary may be difficult for some readers who are not familiar with baseball terminology and play-by-plays. Recommended
Library Media Connection, March/April 2010
Descriptions of strategies, both offensive and defensive, abound in Christopher's latest sports story, and an understanding of baseball terms and plays would be helpful for enjoying the action that is described. Barry McGee, a left fielder and hit-away batter, learns an important lesson in fair play after his sister sees him cheat. Character development has been sacrificed for action and description, but younger readers should enjoy this for the excitement of the game and the typical dialogue of young players. The book can also serve older readers who need high-interest material with easy vocabulary and sentence structure.
School Library Journal, May 1988