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How magical is the experience of attending your very first baseball game and hearing the crack of the bat resound throughout the stadium? What's more terrifying than being out in left field praying the ball doesn't come your way? Who better are the friends you make while playing out on that diamond? Here are ten fictional stories that celebrate all aspects of the game of baseball. Baseball Crazy is a diverse collection that will hit a home run with all fans of the sport, from the most loyal old-timers to the newest rookies. Batter up! Stories by: Paul Acampora Joseph Bruchac Sue Corbett Ron Koertge Frank Portman David Rice John H. Ritter Charles R. Smith Jr. Jerry Spinelli Maria Testa
From Walter Dean Myers to Mo Willems to Terry Trueman, some of today's most exciting writers offer teen readers a great selection of honest and real stories about everyday guys who get pummeled by some life lessons and still manage to come out on top.
"Tripping Over the Lunch Lady" by Angela Johnson, "How I got my English A" by Avi, "Experts, Incorporated" by Sarah Weeks, "Apple Blossoms" by Terry Trueman, "Science Friction" by David Lubar, "The Grade School Zone" by James Proimos, "The Desk" by Lee Wardlaw Jaffurs, "The Crush" by Rachel Vail, "The Girls' Room" by Susan Shreve, "Tied to Zelda" by David Rice.