03. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction · Tags: ,

Perfect Game by Fred Bowen, 143 pages, read by Angie, on 10/03/2013

Isaac is obsessed with pitching the perfect game. He comes close but never quite succeeds. His father pressures him with practice and perfection. His coach takes a different route and invites him to help with a Special Olympics basketball team. Through working with the team, Isaac realizes that he doesn’t have to be perfect.

This read like an after school special. Pressured Isaac only realizes perfection is not all there is after getting to know less “perfect” people. There is a lot of baseball, which I can see boys responding to, but the “messagey” quality of the book might turn other readers away.

03. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Fiction, Science Fiction · Tags: ,

Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi, 304 pages, read by Angie, on 10/02/2013

Zombies rule! Especially cow head zombies. Rabi, Miguel and Joe are friends who play on the same baseball team. They live in a small Ohio town with a big meat packing plant. Milrow Meat Solutions is pumping their cows full of all kinds of things, which have the effect of creating zombies. The boys have to battle the zombies and evil plant executives to survive the summer.

This book was full of humor and fun and zombies! It also had some serious messages about immigration and domestic abuse and corporations. At its heart it is a story about friendship and what you will do for your friends. All set against the backdrop of the zombie apocalypse. I loved it!