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QB 1

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Call #: J LUPIC
by Mike Lupica

“Jake Cullen is a freshman quarterback playing high school football in the high-pressure land of Friday Night Lights (Texas). He is also the brother of Wyatt Cullen, who quarterbacked his team to the Texas State Championship last season—not to mention the son of former NFL quarterback and local legend, Troy Cullen. To be a Cullen in Texas is to be royalty . . . and a quarterback. All of which leaves 14-year-old Jake in a Texas-sized shadow, a tall order for any boy, especially one who’s merely a freshman.

“While his teammates assume the starting job will be handed to Jake on a silver platter, the truth is that he has to fight for every snap and every ounce of respect. Jake may be a Cullen and he may play quarterback, but he is not his brother or his father. Being a good teammate comes naturally to Jake; being a winner and a celebrity does not. He’s just like every other boy—awkward around a pretty girl, in awe of his famous family, and desperate to simultaneously blend in and cast his own shadow.

“Inspired by the real-life Manning family of quarterbacks (father Archie, Super Bowl-winning sons Peyton and Eli) and set amid the football-crazy culture of Texas immortalized in Friday Night Lights, QB 1 is a coming-of-age story perfect for the fan of Million Dollar Throw, Heat, and of course Friday Night Lights.”

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Home Ice Advantage

Home Ice AdvantageHome Ice Advantage
Call #: J EARLE
by Tom Earle

An abused boy finds safety, friendship and a missing legend inside a historic hockey arena

“I looked at the newspaper and gasped. There, staring back at me, was my own picture. It was this year”s school photo. Now it took up most of the front page of the Toronto Star, smack dab under the large headline: STILL NO SIGN OF MISSING BOY.

“Jake”s drive to become a hockey star is matched only by his father”s obsessive determination to see his son succeed. No matter how hard Jake works, how many pucks he puts in the net, it”s never enough for his dad. Battered, bruised and tired of being afraid, Jake leaves his quiet suburban home in the middle of the night and runs away to downtown Toronto, where he finds comfort and safety in the most unexpected of places-the company of a homeless man with a storied past living inside the shuttered Maple Leaf Gardens.”

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Little League #1 Play Ball!

Play BallLittle League #1 Play Ball!
Call #: J CHRIS
by Matt Christopher

“Eleven-year-old cousins who are closer than most brothers, catcher Liam McCarthy and pitcher Carter Jones grew up playing baseball together. Now, their team is on the verge of winning the greatest championship of all: the Little League Baseball World Series. To reach the title match, however, they must first beat their number one rivals from Southern California. Little do they know that the game will prove to be just the first challenge they’ll face on their road to the championships.”

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Game Changers Book 2: Play Makers

Game Changers Play MakersGame Changers Book 2: Play Makers
Call #: J LUPIC
by Mike Lupica

“Still living large off their incredible football championship win just weeks before, Ben McBain and his crew must now prepare for basketball season. Ben is known as the best point guard throughout the league. And now that Shawn O’Brien has joined their team, they are a shoo-in to win it all. But there is a new kid in town, Chase Braggs, a point guard like Ben who seems to be better, stronger, and faster. Refusing to let his team down, Ben hits the courts hard to practice. Ben’s rivalry with Chase seems to take the fun out of playing ball with his best friends. Will Ben be able to pull it together for his team and for himself?”

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Pinch Hit

Pinch Hit
Call #: J GREEN
by Tim Green

“Trevor and Sam look alike. But their lives couldn’t be more different.

“Trevor is a movie star, living the Hollywood life in a huge mansion with his own limo, pool, and bowling alley. There’s nothing he doesn’t have except the one thing he wants most: to play baseball for real.

“Sam is a regular kid who seems to have what it takes to make it to baseball’s Major Leagues. He’s determined to get the scouts at the big USC tournament to recognize his talent. And he really wants to see his dad, a struggling screenwriter, realize his own dream.

“When Sam signs up at Casting Central to make some extra money, he and Trevor come together on a movie set and see the chance to trade places—to pinch hit for each other and make everyone’s dreams come true.

“At first, it’s all good. . . . But what happens when the boys take their game too far?”

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Out in Left Field

Out in Left Field
Call #: J LEMNA
by Don Lemna

“The sequel to When the Sergeant Came Marching Home offers more feel-good, laugh-aloud adventures of eleven-year-old Donald growing up in post-World War II Montana. This time out, Donald is sure that his life is ruined when a pop fly beanball knocks him senseless out in left field. The error costs his team the game, and Donald is convinced that the whole town is laughing at him. Donald is desperate to redeem himself, and his attempts to become a superstar (at hockey, archery, skiing) demonstrate admirable commitment, but all end in disaster. Readers will welcome the return of this appealing young hero in a hilarious new story.”

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Plunked

Plunked
Call #: J NORTH
by Michael Northrop

“When a young slugger gets hit by a pitch, he needs more than practice to get back his game.

“Sixth grader Jack Mogens has it all figured out: He’s got his batting routine down, and his outfielding earns him a starting spot alongside his best friend Andy on their Little League team, the Tall Pines Braves. He even manages to have a not-totally-embarrassing conversation with Katie, the team’s killer shortstop. But in the first game of the season, a powerful stray pitch brings everything Jack’s worked so hard for crashing down around his ears. How can he explain to his parents and friends why he WON’T be playing? Readers will root for Jack as he finds the courage to step back up to the plate.”

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