Hyperion Books, Hardcover, 9781423140016, 183pp.
Publication Date: March 6, 2012
Cody Parker is the new kid in school. He's overweight, scared and hates his new life in Dullsville, Maryland, aka Baltimore, where he's a target okay, a big target for brutal teasing. But he loves baseball. And despite his size, he plays third base like a dream. Too bad 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 he beats him out. Life gets even more complicated when Cody's school, York Middle, 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?
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." He has coached youth baseball, basketball, and soccer teams for many years. He lives near Baltimore, Maryland with his wife and three children.