FICTION

Stealing Home

Page Street. Jul. 2019. 320p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781624147647.
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Gr 6 Up–Seventeen-year-old Texas teen Ryan Russell knows baseball. Her parents, though divorced, share ownership of the Buckley Beavers minor league team, keeping her busy with a goal to become general manager. Ryan’s assisted with new players before, but Sawyer Campbell is refreshingly different. A first-round draft pick from Georgia and son of a watermelon farmer, Campbell is hardworking and smart. He’s easy on the eyes, too, but Ryan knows the strict rules about dating players. Both teens’ futures are uncertain: financial trouble for the watermelon farm and a possible sale of the Buckley Beavers. As they spend time together, Ryan receives praise and respect like never before, making it difficult to stick to the rules and stay out of the rumor spotlight. Teaming up with Campbell seemed like a great idea until the walls Ryan has put up start to crumble. Will they be able to salvage the team and their relationship before the final inning? Themes of baseball, family, and first love are woven together with rich, realistic detail due to the author’s own background with minor league baseball.
VERDICT Wallace’s contemporary, lighthearted romance will appeal to both tweens and teens

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