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Pinch Hit

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  404 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 20th 2012 by HarperCollins (first published March 13th 2012)
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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
Jan 10, 2016 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Tim Green--I and don't say that only because I've met the man in all his high-energy glory. Simply put, Tim Green knows the recipe for a good kids' book. Each one of his books has a great male narrator and a strong, fun female character; they contain enough sports to keep athletes interested while incorporating family/friend drama to interest those who maybe aren't super-sports fans, as well.
Pinch Hit is no different--twins separated at birth: one a famous actor, one a rising baseball sta
Kyle Leggett
Feb 18, 2015 Kyle Leggett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Harry Murphey
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Dec 04, 2014 Bekah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 09, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it
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
Jordan Shinn
Jun 04, 2015 Jordan Shinn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pinch Hit by Tim Green

This book is about two boys named Trevor and Sam and their quest to find their birth parents. Trevor is a major movie star through the help of his parents who are one of the richest movie producers in hollywood. On the other hand there is Sam who lives with his dad who is a teacher/hopeless screenwriter, they also live in poverty by a dump in hollywood. But one day their paths meet when Sam’s dad goes to the studio to try to get one of his screencasts “the green light” and
Ethan Bell
Oct 23, 2014 Ethan Bell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 03, 2015 Maxm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 19, 2014 Matthew Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Noah D'Aliesio
Oct 09, 2015 Noah D'Aliesio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My book for this month is Pinch Hit by Tim Green. The genre of this book is realistic fiction. Pinch hit takes place in Hollywood, California. The main characters of this book are Trevor Goldman, his mom and dad, McKenna Steele, Sam Palomaki, his dad, Gabriel, Dolf the limousine driver, Dorian Klum, Coach Sharp, and Pierce Everette, the director. Sam meets Trevor during a movie shoot. They switch themselves, so Sam is living in a mansion, and Trevor is living in a trailer, for three weeks. Later ...more
Christopher Taylor
The book Pinch Hit, by Tim Green is a fictional story. The book takes place in L.A. in the present. The two main characters names are Sam and Trevor. Trevor is a rich actor that has a dream of playing baseball like a normal kid his age, and Sam is a broke kid that has a dream that his Dad's scripts get made into movies and that he becomes wealthy when he grows up. One day Sam and Trevor run into each other and find out they look exactly like each other. Sam plays baseball and Trevor is rich so t ...more
Apr 04, 2012 Michael rated it liked it
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
Apr 15, 2014 Rj Matney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Wesley Hogan
Sep 25, 2015 Wesley Hogan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I thought this book was very good because I goes over to peoples lives who our very different. Sam is a boy that live in a trailer near a dump but has the talent to play major league ball. But while his dad tries to get a job as a movie writer he looks for a job and meets movie star Trevor. Trevor has had it all in life except the one thing he really wants. Baseball. But when Trevor meets Sam and learns that he plays baseball he talks Sam into switching places w
Jack Berrien
Nov 13, 2014 Jack Berrien rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 29, 2014 Daniel Flaherty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 02, 2012 Kay Mcgriff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 16, 2012 Karthik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 08, 2012 Shae/Shelver rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
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
Jan 10, 2014 Abe Seldowitz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 16, 2013 Isabella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tanner Dimond
Apr 25, 2016 Tanner Dimond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pinch hit was a great book. It was one of my favorite books. It was good because it was about baseball and I like baseball.

It was about two twins that were both adopted by different parents. One was a good baseball player and another was an actor. They both wanted to do each other's jobs so they switched for a few days.

I would recommend this book to people who want a good book. Also who wants to read about a baseball book. This was a good book.
Apr 30, 2013 Trey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 08, 2016 Terri rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to get to read an advanced copy of Pinch Hit. I had already read a few of Tim Green's books so I was expecting another great sports story. This one did have that and a lot more. There was a bit of a mystery. I really liked this book a lot, but I have to say I was disappointed in the ending. I felt like it was a very abrupt ending.
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Tim Green, for many years a star defensive end with the Atlanta Falcons, is a man of many talents. He's the author of such gripping books for adults as the New York Times bestselling The Dark Side of the Game and a dozen suspense novels, including Exact Revenge and Kingdom Come. Tim graduated covaledictorian from Syracuse University and was a first-round NFL draft pick. He later earned his law deg ...more
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