Listening Library, Compact Disc, 9780307942753
Publication Date: March 13, 2012
Cody Parker may be overweight (he prefers the word "burly"), but he plays third base like a dream. Too bad no one knows it yet, because he's new to Baltimore, where he's a target okay, a "big "target for brutal teasing. Even worse, he's competing for the starting job on the Orioles of the Dulaney Babe Ruth League against budding hoodlum.
Dante Rizzo, who vows to squeeze Cody's head like a grape if Cody beats him out. Life gets even more complicated when York Middle School is beset by a rash of mysterious thefts, a crime wave that threatens to sideline Cody and ruin a golden season for the Orioles. Will Cody ever succeed in getting people to see him for who he really is?
Ripkin and Cowherd have created a definite winner for anyone with the slightest interest in baseball, sports in general, those adjusting to a new city or school, being overweight in middle school, or just wanting to be entertained by a good story. " School Library Journal, " starred review.
Kevin Cowherd is an award-winning sports columnist with "The Baltimore Sun." He has also written for "Men s Health," "Parenting," and "Baseball Digest" magazines and is the author of a collection of columns, "Last Call at the 7-Eleven.""