All-Star Season (Kar-Ben for Older Readers)
Kar-Ben Publishing (2007)
Reviewed by Osvaldo Peralta (age 12) for Reader Views (1/08)
Avi and Reuven are brothers and they both love baseball. Their dream is to make it on their local All-Star team. They both go to a Jewish school, but that is the only thing that makes them different from the other guys on the team. Reuben is in the 9th-grade and Avi is in the 8th-grade. Reuben is one of the fastest pitchers on the baseball team. He knows how to throw a fastball, but he would love to throw a curveball. Against his father’s wishes, Reuven gets a book that teaches him how to throw a curve. His father warned him that he was not ready and he would mess-up his arm, but he did not listen. Reuben hurts his arm and is not able to play. He brother gets the position in the All-Star team. The brothers learn how to be competitive and supportive of each other.
I liked this book, it was excellent. I liked it because my favorite sport is baseball and you cannot predict the ending of the book like most stories. I highly recommend “All-Star Season” to kids that love sports.