Ode to Pete Rose

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In his own mind, Marvin Foley is the greatest Little League baseball player in the world...but in order to prove it, he must first become an All Star and then take his team to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. However, no team from Italy has even won the Transatlantic Tournament to win the right to represent Europe in the LLWS. Marvin aims to change that... More

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Words: 81,850
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301598854
About Samuel Cisneros

I teach English to 8th graders, and I am a Professor of Reading. I have spent most of my life in California, though as the son of an American soldier, I lived in various places in the United States and Europe in my youth. My ideas for stories come from the experiences I had moving frequently as a child, from the many different people and groups of people that I've met, known, and taught, and from my love of literature.

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Review by: Julie Latta on Oct. 08, 2013 :
This read was recommended to me and frankly, I wasn't sure I was going to like it. A book about kids playing baseball? Not exactly the subject matter I am most often drawn to. But this book did not disappoint. To the contrary, it inspired. The characters were well developed, with struggles and triumphs that were relatable, whether or not one has ever set foot on a baseball diamond. They held true to their vision, while being gently nudged by the influence of the others in the book. That tenacity and truth of spirit made it hard for me to put this book down, even when the night grew long and I knew I needed to get to sleep. The descriptions of the game situations are exhilarating, with just the right amount of detail and suspense. As a (OK middle aged) woman I loved this book, but would also recommend it to young adult readers, as well. The characters make a statement, but never preach. The moral is understated, but ever clear. The characters are not sugar coated. They are real, and for that we cheer them on. HIghly recommend!
(reviewed long after purchase)

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