Monday, March 31, 2014

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday - New Kid

For today's post I'm featuring a book recommendation from my son. He received this book for his birthday and devoured it. It probably doesn't hurt that he is a huge fan of Tim Green's books. I hope you enjoy his thoughts.

by: Tim Green
HarperCollins Children's Books 2014

From the jacket flap:
It’s hard being the new kid, both on and off the field.

It’s bases loaded, bottom of the last inning, and Tommy Rust is up at bat in the championship game. This is the moment he’s been waiting for. But then his father barges onto the field, and Tommy knows what will happen next. They will be leaving immediately—again—because Tommy and his dad are on the run.

Now Tommy is in a new school, in a new town, and he is no longer known as Tommy. Brock Nickerson is the name of the new kid, and finding a place for himself is proving to be a challenge, especially when his new friend is the bully from the wrong side of the tracks. Things aren’t looking good for Brock, so to fit in, he accepts a dare to throw a rock at the travel-team coach’s window.

Coach Hudgens has demons of his own that he’s dealing with, and many say he’s “washed up.” The travel team he’s been running has lost every ball game in the last year. However, when Coach catches Brock in the act, he’s more impressed by his pitching arm than angry at the prank. But can Brock save Coach’s team . . . and maybe Coach himself? Or will Brock’s father make him be the new kid in yet another town?

What did you like the most about this book?
That baseball was the main story line of the book.

Was it hard to relate to Tommy/Brock, or did he still seem like a regular kid?
He changes personalities every time he changes his name, but baseball is his love, so that is a constant in his life. So that relates to me, as baseball is my favorite sport.

Is this a book for all middle graders or older middle grade?
This would be for older middle grades, probably 5th or 6th grade and up.

What is it about Tim Green books that makes you really like them?
They are action-packed with sports / mysteries, all the things I love to read about. #awesomebooks

And to close, I have to say it is such a good book because I teared up at the end.

I would say that is a glowing endorsement! Thanks for stopping by and I will be back next week with a post that's part of a blog tour with a fellow Michigan author.