Trey is overjoyed when his lucky charm helps him make the travel team, but will his luck hold out?
When Trey’s treasured lucky charm—a piece of blue sea glass he found near his grandmother’s beach house—”helps” him make it onto the Ravens travel team with his friend Cole, he is overjoyed. This stroke of good fortune reinforces his superstitious behavior, and the rituals become more and more important to him. In spite of some teasing and even some sarcasm from his teammates, Trey persists—he never steps on the foul line, he obsessively taps the corners of home plate when he’s at bat, he always chooses the same lucky bat—and the list just keeps getting longer. Why stop? After all, his tactics are working; he’s doing quite well on the field and in the batter’s box. Then one day he can’t find his lucky sea glass. He and Cole search everywhere—but it’s no use. Trey’s performance begins to slip, and he is convinced that his future with the Ravens is doomed. It is no comfort to him to learn that many pro baseball players also depended on lucky charms or rituals. Things don’t start to improve for Trey until his uncle reminds him of his grandmother’s favorite saying: “The harder you work, the luckier you get.”
Eighth-grader Richie Mallon has always known he was a shooter, but will his amazing shooting talent be enough to keep him on the team?
Outside Shot tells the story of eighth-grade basketball player Richie Mallon, who is known as “the shooter,” the one on the team who scores most of the baskets. He has practiced every day at his driveway hoop, perfecting his technique. Richie never plays any other roles on the court; he lets his teammates do the assisting and rebounding. Richie makes the team under a tough new coach, but he’s not a starter. Then when his shooting skills go into a slump, he must find a way to become a more well-rounded player.
Author Fred Bowen continues his Sports Story Series with full court, play-by-play action that’s sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats!
Isaac learns the true meaning of a perfect game when he volunteers with a team of developmentally disabled players.
Isaac is determined to pitch a perfect game: no hits, no runs, no walks, and no errors. If he does, he’s sure to make the summer all-star team. But Isaac keeps losing his cool on the mound; he just can’t get his head back in the game. Then he meets a very interesting Unified Sports basketball player who gets him thinking in a different way about the whole idea of “perfect.” But will this help him be a better pitcher?
Author Fred Bowen continues his Sports Story series with play-by-play action that’s sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats! An afterword provides real-life stories of perfect games in Major League Baseball history.