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Curve Ball
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Curve Ball

By John Danakas

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Series: Lorimer Sports Stories

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On his old team, Tom Poulos was a star catcher. But his new team is different. For one thing, all the players are older and bigger than him. For another, no matter how hard he tries or how hard he practices, he can't catch the curve balls that the pitcher sends flying over the plate. Tom feels like he's letting the team down, a feeling that gets worse once a new catcher joins the team and Tom is benched. Can Tom find a way to regain his rightful place behind the plate?


Winner - Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens -

"Plenty of local color... Danakas..shows his familiarity with the sport in plenty of action scenes in the ball paced reading.
Aimed especially at boys of an age that would often rather play sports than read about them, it fills a niche that is not over-crowded."

- Helen Norrie Winnipeg Free Press

"Fun and immensely enjoyable.... Ball fans will enjoy this book."

- Ken Setterington Quill & Quire

"Good characterization and strong, believable sports action.... A recommended purchase."

- Dave Jenkinson Canadian Book Review Annual

"Curve Ball by John Danakas is for older readers who still enjoy chapter books... fast-moving play descriptions by Danakas give the book an added pinch of authenticity that matches Tom's playing."

- Joan Weller Ottawa Citizen

"Author John Danakas brings coaching and writing experience to this first novel. He creates a likeable character in Tom, whose resentment and sullen attitude are as believable as his excitement and anxieties over baseball.... Curve Ball should be well received by sports fans."

- Jennifer Johnson Canadian Materials

"Great story for baseball loving middle graders."

- Linda Limbach, Educator at Orange Schools, NetGalley Reviewer

"The simple, straightforward plot will encourage reluctant readers to continue...The easy dialogue and well written and focussed attention to baseball will keep sports fans interested."

- Corinne Matthews, Resource Links

JOHN DANAKAS is the author of four Lorimer Sports Stories. Hockey Night in Transcona was an Ontario Silver Birch Award finalist. Curve Ball, Soccer Showdown, and Hockey Heroes are all Canadian Children's Book Centre "Our Choice" selections.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 192 pages
Publication Date: 11th March 2014
ISBN: 9781459405936
Format: 7.75in x 5in

Binding: Electronic book text
Publication Date: 11th March 2014
ISBN: 9781459405950
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:, JUV039050
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 10 To 13
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 3.6


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Sport Stories

Sports Stories Series

High interest sports fiction

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Series features

  • Gripping, action-packed stories
  • Short, high-interest fiction
  • Contemporary themes and Canadian settings
  • Award-winning authors who know their sport

"A winning series... designed to attract reluctant readers as well as provide recreational reading for children who are interested in stories about sports."
- National Library of Canada

"Lorimer is obviously succeeding with this series of action-driven novels which encourage young readers to 'Get in the Game'!"
- Resource Links

Kids who love sports love these books, and so do teachers. When you put one of these into a young sports fan's hands, you can feel confident they will enjoy reading.