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By Joyce Grant

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Series: Lorimer Sports Stories

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Miguel hasn't missed his native El Salvador since arriving in Canada with his mother and sister. But with his father still in El Salvador running their bakery, and gangs shaking down the old neighbourhood, life still isn't easy for Miguel. Holding down multiple jobs leaves him with little time for his beloved game of baseball — while happy-go-lucky Sebastian, Miguel's teammate on the Blues of Toronto's Christie Pits Park, spends his free time becoming a faster and better player.

When his father's situation becomes critical, Miguel becomes desperate to bring him to Canada. But he can't even afford to join the Blues on a road game — how can his family possibly pay his father's way? A solution comes from Sebastian, who proposes a big baseball fundraiser. As the Blues learn about the hard realities some new Canadian kids face, Miguel and his family learn to trust their neighbours and teammates.

"When they finally learn that his father is able to come to Canada, they have to find the money for his flight. Miguel opens up to his teammates, and they come up with a plan: a community fundraiser and exhibition ball game, where each of the Blues can offer his or her resources to make it a success. Miguel and his teammates have learned what is possible through teamwork."

- Patricia Jermey Resource Links

"When they finally learn that his father is able to come to Canada, they have to find the money for his flight. Miguel opens up to his teammates, and they come up with a plan: a community fundraiser and exhibition ball game, where each of the Blues can offer his or her resources to make it a success. Miguel and his teammates have learned what is possible through teamwork."

- Patricia Jermey Resource Links

JOYCE GRANT is a freelance journalist and the author of numerous books for children, including the Sports Stories novel Tagged Out. She is also the co-founder of TeachingKidsNews.com, which provides free, kid-friendly news. She lives in Toronto.

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Reviewed by: HT on 26th July 2018 11:20AM

Excellent book about working together to help reunite an immigrant family. Lots of detail on baseball. Will appeal to reluctant readers.



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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 136 pages
Publication Date: 1st February 2018
ISBN: 9781459412842
Format: 7.75in x 5in

Binding: Electronic book text, 136 pages
Publication Date: 1st February 2018
ISBN: 9781459412859
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  JUV006000, JUV039060, JUV039240, JUV039250
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 10 To 13
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 3.5
Lexile Reading Level: HL530L

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