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 become an All Star and take his team to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. However, no team from Italy has ever won the Transatlantic Tournament and the right to represent Europe in the LLWS. Marvin aims to change that. More

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  • Category: Fiction » Sports
  • Words: 79,550
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781301598854
About Samuel Cisneros

I teach 9th and 11th grade English at La Jolla High School in San Diego, California. I also teach at Southwestern College in Chula Vista. 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, from being a parent to two teenagers, and from my love of literature.

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Julie Latta reviewed on on Oct. 8, 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 41 days after purchase)
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