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Moving to Hillcrest, Ohio, when his adoptive father accepts a temporary job, twelve-year-old Jeremiah, a heart transplant recipient, has sixty days to find a baseball team to coach.
Publisher: New York : Viking, published by Penguin Group, [2016]
ISBN: 9780451470348 (hardcover)
0451470346 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: Y BAUER
Characteristics: 296 pages ; 22 cm


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I enjoyed reading this novel. I recommend it to fans of baseball but I also like telling people that this is really an inspirational story. The main character finds a way to stay immersed in the sport he loves even if it isn't the way he would prefer. I also really like the relationship between the father and son.

Oct 05, 2017

A 2018-2019 Missouri Mark Twain Readers Award preliminary nominee (grades 4-6).

Twelve-year-old Jeremiah Lopper and his dad move to Hillcrest, Ohio, for his dad's job. Jeremiah loves baseball, but because of a virus that led to a heart transplant, he is no longer able to play. When Jeremiah sees a handful of kids practicing without a coach, he finds a way to bring baseball back into his life.

This one hits a lot of middle-grade buttons: sports story, chronic illness, adoption. I liked it, and I enjoyed Jeremiah's off-beat household. I didn't love it though. It was too predictable.

Dec 31, 2016

Adopted sick boy coaches baseball. Jeremiah is a wholesome, go getter and has a natural buoyancy for life. He is limited by his weak beart but doesn't let that get him down and decides to coach baseball for the school in the new city they move to. The first 100 pages drag on, but then there is scandal of coach perphas giving kids PEDs. So then people start to dislike the fact of them playing baseball. It seems a bit strange that middle school would have this problem, seems more like a college maybe high school issue. The problems with steroid issue is glossed over. They also use an autistic kid for help with the stats, but he seems more like a prop than an actual character. The main character seemed very plastic and lacked depth. I love Joan Bauer as an author, but this one didn't click for me.

Dec 03, 2016

I read this to my almost 7 year old son and we thoroughly enjoyed this book. It brought us to tears at times. Highly inspirational read, with a huge lesson in resilience. Even if you're not huge into sports/baseball, you'll still enjoy this story!

Sep 03, 2016

A great book! Inspiring children to never give up despite of all odds and pursuit your goal with all might! Love it and recommend it to baseball lovers.

Jul 15, 2016

Excellent story , found this very good reading .

May 13, 2016

This book mainly talks about keeping your spirit up, not giving up on anything, even if you have a weak heart.

Joan establishes a strong hearted person who goes through a series of painful and sorrowful things. The main character, Jer, tries to fix the world of baseball in the Hornets Nest.

Will he go through revolution, or is baseball history? Read and find out.


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Oct 05, 2017

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