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Age: Late Elementary School Years
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2013 Award
Becoming Babe Ruth
(by Matt Tavares, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Although he is long gone, Babe Ruth's name lives on as a legend to all who know anything about baseball greats. Unlike so may baseball books that center on a singular event, in this child-sized biography the author manages to tell about Babe's early years when he got into so much trouble as a truant that his own father helped send him away to a reform school. Inside the walls of Saint Mary's George Ruth found a mentor and found himself. The story has a nice roundness as the Babe never forgets Brother Matthias, who teaches him the game and the school that nurtured him. As always, Matt Tavares' illustrations capture the time and place and even the Babe's memorable face. A keeper! 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Awards
Magic Tree House, Hour of the Olympics
(by Mary Pope Osborne, Random House $4.99 Score:)

No girls are allowed at the Olympics! That was the rule in ancient times and in this time travel book the rules apply....or do they. Another one of those suspenseful adventures for Jack and Annie. If your new to chapter book reader has not discovered this series, this is a good summer read that will give them a bit of history, a meeting with heroes and heroines of the Greek myths and perhaps a lively taste for time travel and more Magic Tree House mysteries.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Rush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics
(by John Feinstein, Knopf $16.99 Score:)

Susan Carol not only wins her place on the U.S. Olympic Swim Team, she has become the "It Girl" of the London games with an agent cooking up deals that could make her family financially secure. Her father, a minister, falls into line with the demands of the agents, but Susan Carol is disappointed that he is pressing her to go along. Her long time friend Stevie Thomas is on her side and does some investigative reporting that adds to the suspense. Written by sportswriter, John Feinstein, this is a well-paced fictional account of what it’s like to be in Susan's place with so much pressure to swim and still keep one's head as she appears on the Today Show, Good Morning America, USA Today and she is drawn into the world of TV, sponsors, and marketing. Feinstein has peppered the script with fictional cameo appearances by familiar names like Michael Phelps, Matt Lauer, Ann Curry and Bob Costas. He's also diced in some gossipy stories about other well known athletes who for better and worse, made deals for big bucks. A good read for the Summer Olympics 2012.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens, Teens. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
A Passion for Victory
(by Bensom Bobrick, Knopf $19.99 Score:)

"I know if you were there in the stadium, you wouldn’t be able to stop applauding." Those words are from a second-century account of the Olympics. From the footraces of ancient Greece to the present, this well researched book chronicles the Olympic Games through history. Using direct quotes, photographs, etchings, sculpture, and anecdotes of previous games, this slim volume brings the history to life. 9-12.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Brothers at Bat
(by Audrey Vernick/ illus. Steven Salerno, Clarion $16.99 Score:)

Based on a real family with 16 children, twelve of them boys, who all loved the game of baseball. In fact, there were enough brothers to form a baseball team--and then some. This family takes place at a time when girls rarely played on baseball teams. Back in the 30's and 40's the Acerra brothers toured the country playing as a team, with a break for WWII, when six of them served in the armed forces. After the war they began to raise families of their own, but continued playing the sport they loved. They played their last game in the 50's and then in 1997 they were honored at the Baseball Hall of Fame. An interesting slice of baseball history. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Plunked
(by Michael Northrop, Scholastic $16.99 Score:)

If you have a sixth grader--perhaps a reluctant reader who happens to love baseball — Jack Mogens' story will score high! Jack manages to make the team but in the first game he is hit by a stray pitch. After that Jack’s fear of getting hit again turns his love of the game into fear. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2001 Awards
Satchel Paige
(by Lesa Cline-Ransome/illus. by James E. Ransome, Simon & Schuster $16 Score:) The Ransomes touch all bases, telling how Paige got his nickname carrying satchels, went to reform school for stealing, and discovered his talents to become the first African American to pitch in a major league World Series. 7 and up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Tennis Ace
(by Matt Christopher, Little Brown $3.95 Score:) Steve wishes he liked playing tennis as much as his sister. Ginny, wishes her dad would take her playing as seriously as he does Steve's. All in all, this is about family and the pressures that kids often face when parents try to relive their own dreams through their kids. 8 and up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2002 Award
Hank Aaron: Brave in Every Way
(by Peter Golenbock/illus. by Paul Lee, Harcourt $16 Score:) Hank Aaron was determined to play in the major leagues before black players were allowed to play. He not only fulfilled his dream he was the first player to break Babe Ruth's home run record, and not all fans were rooting for this black player.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2005 Award
Mia Hamm: Winners Never Quit!
(Mia Hamm/illus. by Carol Thompson, HarperCollins $15.95 Score:) Young sports players, no matter what sport they play, should be required to read this book about learning how to lose gracefully. A young Mia is shown quitting when she begins to lose. When her friends stop wanting to play with her, she is forced to regroup. She realizes that playing the game she loves is more important than the outcome.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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