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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 d
ebook, 336 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by HarperCollins
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Ms. Yingling
Trevor is a major film star who lives with his wealthy parents in the lap of luxury. When he says he wants to play baseball, they arrange for his to play with the Dodgers. Not exactly what he meant. Sam, on the other hand, gets to play a lot of baseball and has the possibility of a pro career ahead of him, which would help him escape the life of trailer park poverty he leads with his English teacher turned screenwriter hopeful father. When Sam goes with his father to a movie studio, he goes to a ...more
Kyle Leggett
I thought this book was a really great book. I thought Tim Green did a great job on writing the book. I thought that this book was a very adventurous book.

This book is about two boys Trevor and Sam that look exactly alike. And in the book Trevor is a movie star and Sam is a baseball player. And during the movie Trevor wants to play baseball so they switch places and Trevor plays Baseball for Sam and Sam acts for a movie that Trevor was playing for. And in the movie they almost get caught many t
I liked this book because it had a great theme, which was money can't buy you everything. The two main characters from the book live completely different lives but when they swap places they realize this. Even though one of the characters had everything money could buy him all he wanted was his family and the other wanted more items rather than have his family. I gave this book 4 stars because I liked the theme and the way I could relate to it. I would recommend this book to someone if they like ...more
OK, so Pinch Hit is one of those books that I probably would not have picked up and read on my own, but I won it at YA Reads for Teachers (And Other Adults) and the rules of winning are that you read and post.

So, I read it, and let me tell you I read it in May at the end of the school year with a million other things going wasn't really doing it for me. Frankly, I'm not sure if I do middle grade books for middle grade kids very well. But, I kept going Sam in one chapter and Trevor in an
Ethan Bell
Pinch Hit, by Tim Green was very exciting to read, with many twists that I didnt expect. I have read many books by this author and this was one of my favorites.
If you like a book with surprises and close calls, you should read this book. It is a baseball story, and a story with a movie star. Also, you should read this book if like sports. Plus, I like it because it is always fast paced and I never wanted to put the book down.
It is a story about twins that were separated at birth and trade pl
Remington Barnett
This book is about one boy who is very rich and one boy who isn't doing so well. And when Sam decided to be a stand in for Trevor who is a movie star gets picked, but then Trevor's mom shoo's him out. Not before Trevor could see him though. So Trevor gets to thinking and his friend McKenna and they think that they could be biological brothers because they look exactly alike and they are both adopted, so Trevor texted him and asked if he wanted to trade places with him Sam said yes so they becaus ...more
The main idea of Pinch Hit is Sam and Trevor are separated at birth and eventually find out later on in the book.Trevor lives in a mansion in Hollywood and he's an actor. Sam plays baseball in the same state and he lives with his dad. The first time they meet each other in the book they don't even realize their twins. Later on in the book, Sam baseball team makes the semifinals and Sam wins it for them.

Overall, this was a really good book. I have read many books by this author, but this one was
Trevor is one of the most famous young actors in Hollywood; Sam is a 'normal' boy dreaming of making it to the big leagues in baseball. What happens when they realize they look exactly alike and they switch places?

This book kept my interest right to the end when I was slightly left out. How did Trevor's mother react? I want details!
Hunter Cohen
The book is about two kids Sam and Trevor who both want what the other one has. When Trevor and Sam meet n the movie stage they realize that they have the chance swap lives, which would make their dreams come true. Trevor is a rich movie star who owns everything in the world he could ask for except one thing; to play baseball. Sam is a normal typical kid with superb baseball talents who has scouts looking at him. He has only thing that he would like to do, thats to see his father who is a strug ...more
Matthew Phillips
This is an okay book. I love baseball, and I love a good adventure, but this wasn't the best book for me. The book is about two kids, who were separated at birth, but don't figure it out until they're about 13 or 14. One of the kids, Trevor, was adopted by a Hollywood actor, (his mom), and a Hollywood director, (his dad). He lives a luxurious life, with anything anyone could ever want. On the other hand, Sam, was his twin, who was adopted by a very poor family who lives in a trailer. The only go ...more
It's The Prince and the Pauper, with diving stabs of line drives and towering home runs. And the modern American royalty, movie stars!
Rj Matney
"Pinch Hit" by Tim Green is a great adventure for the characters. People that like sports fiction or adventure might like this book."Green goes Hollywood- literally!", says School Library Journal.
Sam and Trevor look like they could be twins. But there lives are very different. Trevor Goldman is a movie star and Sam Palomaki is a baseball star who is trying to get a scholarship to USC (University of Southern California). Trevor's agent finds Sam one day and tells him that he looks a lot like T
Jack Berrien
Pinch Hit by Tim Green was a great book. I give it a 5 out of 5. Pinch Hit is about two boys Trevor an Sam. Trevor is a movie star, living the high life in southern California. Sam is a poor boy who lives only with his dad but is very good at baseball. When the run into each other at a movie set, they realize that they look just like each other. That's when they decide to switch places for a week. Sam gets to be in movie shoots, and Trevor gets to play baseball for one week. That is all I can sa ...more
Daniel Flaherty
Pinch Hit is a great book for anyone, not just athletes. Tim Green is well known for writing sports novels but Pinch Hit isn’t just about sports, it’s about friendships, trust, and a whole lot more. There are two main characters, Trevor and Sam. They are two look-a-likes that have entwined destinies. Trevor is living the Hollywood life. He is a movie star that everyone adores, rich, has the nicest of things, and has his own private tutor. Even though he is a movie star his dream is to play baseb ...more
Trevor is a big time movie star who dreams of playing baseball. Sam plays baseball all the time and dreams of making it to the big leagues. One day Sam accompanies his dad, a budding screenwriter, to the studio. He signs up at central casting and his immediately hired as a body double because he looks just like Trevor. Sam and Trevor are amazed at how much they look alike and realize they may be twins. They concoct a plan to switch places for a week. Trevor finally gets to play real baseball, bu ...more
From March 2012 SLJ:
Gr 4–7—Green goes Hollywood—literally. When Trevor, a famous tween actor, comes face-to-face with the more down-to-earth Sam, who's subbing for his regular stand-in, the two quickly realize that their identical looks can't be a coincidence. Both boys are adopted, and they agree that they must be twins separated at birth. Trevor quickly figures out a way to work things to his advantage. He has always wanted to play on a real baseball team, but his mother has not allowed it, in
Kay Mcgriff
Trevor and Sam may look just alike, but they live in very different worlds. Trevor was born into Hollywood "royalty." His dad is a powerful producer, and his mother is a famous actress. He stars in major motion pictures as well. What else could he want besides the life of luxury that surrounds him? Just the one thing he can't have--a normal life as a baseball player on a real baseball team. Sam, on the other hand, lives with his dad in a run-down trailer next to the garbage dump. Both of them ha ...more
Pinch hit is a great realistic fiction novel by Tim Green.
Trevor Goldman and Sam Palomaki are two thirteen year old who
are actually twins. Trevor is an actor who lives there, and Sam is there for a baseball tournament. Sam and Trevor meet and quickly become friends and find out their twins. Trevor wants to play baseball and sam Wants to live the life of a star, so they switch lives for a week. Sam wants to find out who his is and Trevor's biological mom until he finds the truth.....she is dead.
So, I'm not really a middle-grade reviewer. Except for solid classics like Gregor the Overlander or the Dear America series, I don't visit that section much. I haven't even read the Rick Riordan books yet. I know, I'm bad. And I'm not a big sports fan. Yes, I'll scream my face blue for my favorite college football team, and I adore Remember the Titans, but sports - especially baseball - is just not my thing.

Imagine my surprise when I found myself legitimately enjoying Pinch Hit. Not just "This i
Abe Seldowitz
The realistic fiction book Pinch Hit by Tim Green is all about two fifteen year old boys, Trevor and Sam. They both live in Los Angeles, California. Trevor has parents who are movie producers, who are both very rich; Trevor lives the rich, famous and comfortable lifestyle. Sam is not famous or rich, he is just a regular kid with regular parents. Trevor and Sam look very much alike, like they could be identical twins. So, one day they decide to switch lives. Trevor would live in Sam's lifestyle a ...more
Isabella Perry
The book Pinch Hit by Tim Green was a hit as soon as I started reading it. I thought this book was worthy of five stars for several reasons, including the setup of the book, and the realistic characters.

Suspense was one of the most important factors of the book, and part of the setup of how Tim Green wrote this book as part of two perspectives. Therefore, when one chapter ends in suspense, most of the book it is necessary to keep reading, because the chapters switch off from Trevor's perspective
Two boys who have opposite dreams meet on set of a movie. The boys looked at each other and noticed that they looked exactly alike. There was a couple problems though, Trevor was a movie star who wanted to play baseball and Sam a boy who wants to be a movie star to help his dad make a movie who is a baseball star. Then the boys come up with a great idea of switching lives and becoming the oppisite person. No one even knows about the switch except McKenna who is Trevor's best friend. Then it came ...more
This book is good because it's about baseball and by a super star football player time green but Eric last game for the coach said he had to pitch the last pitch if he tricked him out they win the series and throw it he close his eyes and all the people say throw it and he throws its and he sticks out they won the series.
I read this with Sam because he is trying to read all the Mark Twain nominees for school. It barely kept his attention and was so unbelievable that I could not get into the story.
This book is about a poor kid named Sam who lives with his dad in an apartment and wants to play baseball but doesn't know where to go to play. There is also a rich kid who's name is Trevor and he has a manshion and has everything that he wants. Sam's dad wrote a script for people to play and Sam went with him and the directors of this baseball movie that Trevor was going to play in thought he looked exactly the same as him, so Sam got to play baseball for the movie and got just what he wanted. ...more
Appropriate for 6th and up.

I think that this was an EXCELLENT story. Perfectly appropriate, a cliff-hanger at the end of every small chapter, and characters interesting to both boys, and girls!

This great little story about twin boys who switch places is reminiscent of "parent trap," but works REALLY well. It was interesting to read a story about twin boys that is actually interesting and fun.

Green writes his chapters in small bites and manages to end each nibble with a cliff-hanger. This particu
I loved this book because two kids who look alike but have completely different lives and they switch places.
Zack Kirchner
This book was very exciting to read, with many twists that I didnt expect. I have read many books by this author and this was one of my favorites. It is an original story about twins trading places to live the others life. In this book Trevor is a Movie star with a passion to play baseball. Sam is just a regular kid who loves playing baseball and is pretty good at it. When Sam auditions to be an extra in a movie he meets Trevor. They look so similar that they trade places to live their dreams. I ...more
Love this book! It is a bit long, but totally worth the chapters and time! Great read! :D
Shay Talton
The book I read is called the Pinch Hit by Tim Green and takes place in Hollywood. This book I thought was not really about baseball until towards the end because sam was a movie star and was rich. If I would rate this book I would rate it 7 because it was more about sam being popular and a movie star and not him playing baseball till later in the story. When he did play baseball I got really interested into the story and didn't fall asleep like I did in the beginning. This book would be appropr ...more
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