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Force Out

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When two friends compete, one of them will be forced out.

Joey and Zach have always been best friends. They're also two of the best baseball players in their league, and shoo-ins for the all-star team at the end of the season. Their dream is to play together on the Center State select team, and they will do anything to help each other get there.

So when Zach is forced to go
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by HarperCollins
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Irene
Nov 29, 2015 Irene rated it liked it
Nice ending. Realistic and believable. Another one of Tim Green's sports novels. Love the tension and the suspense:)
Peter
Aug 25, 2014 Peter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: summer-reading
Josh and his friend Zach are competing for a spot an the center state select team. I liked the book because it was about baseball. I recommend this book to boys that like sports.
Rayce Remington
Nov 09, 2016 Rayce Remington rated it it was amazing
Great Book. Their was great suspense, and i never new when the climax would come until i saw it. It's about two best friends who are on the same team and try to make a try out team then another after that to travel the world. In the All-Star game that day one of the friends has summer school. They have a plan Though.
Jake M
Nov 09, 2016 Jake M rated it it was amazing
I think the book was very inspiring because it shows many different moral levels. One thing I liked most is at the end one of the kids came forward with honesty and told the truth about what he had did to his teachers dog so he could play in a baseball game. It showed he was a very honest person. The books was very entertaining and I enjoyed it a lot.
Reese
Oct 12, 2016 Reese rated it really liked it
This book is about 2 boys named Joey and zach. Joey and zach are best friends and they both enjoy the sport baseball. Infact Joey and Zach are the best players in there league. Zach and Joey both have a dream to be on the center state select team. later on zach is forced to go on an extra credit field trip that makes it so he would have to miss the championship game but they make a plan to get zach out of this field trip so he can try and get on the center state select team. after the game they ...more
Karthik
Apr 03, 2013 Karthik rated it really liked it
Force out
Tim Green
282 pages
March 22, 2013
Realistic fiction

Force out is about 2 sixth graders named Zachary and Joey. They are both extreme baseball players and male it too the championship game. Since Zachary had to go on a science feel trip to pass the class on the day of the game. Joey and Zachary ruin the teachers car and make the field trip canceled. Jory's mom is a detective who is on the case because Joey used a Valium pill to drug the dog. It is a Valium his mom owns. So while walking on
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Parker Wrecenyar
Oct 04, 2016 Parker Wrecenyar rated it liked it
In the book force out there is two boys Zach and Joey and they play baseball and there trying to make the all star team and the select team. But what happens when only one person can make the select. they got into a big fight. Someone drug joey dog. Joey almost ace the hardest teacher in there school. S






Matthew Roark
Oct 03, 2016 Matthew Roark rated it it was amazing
I think it was a great book and if you like sports books then you should read it.
Adam Gutschow
Mar 04, 2016 Adam Gutschow rated it really liked it
Force Out by Tim Green is a book about two best friends Joey and Zach. They are two of the best baseball players in their area. In their little league season they made it to the championship game, but there was a problem. Joey and Zach share a dream. That is to make the all-star team, and eventually the center state select team. On the day of the championship game Zach had to go on a mandatory field trip due to bad grades. Without him they probably wouldn't win the game, so Joey comes up with a ...more
Ms. Yingling
Mar 10, 2013 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
Joey and Zach are teammates and best buddies, so when Zach has to go on a mandatory field trip in order to pass science instead of playing in a crucial game, Joey has a plan-- the boys sneak out in the middle of the night, bike to the home of their science teacher, Mr. Kratz, give his dog a valium, and put a clamp on his truck's fuel line. Mr. Kratz doesn't make it to the train station on time, so Zach is able to play in the game. Joey's mother realizes that one of her valium tablets is gone and ...more
Jay Chiu
May 27, 2015 Jay Chiu rated it it was amazing
The book Force Out by Tim Green is about friendship and how no matter what happens, friends and family always comes first. In the book, two friends Zach and Joey are both great baseball players. They show that they will do anything to help the other when they are needed the most. Well… thats what you as the reader think when you are reading the book. This book shows that as a friend you need to perform your duty as a friend to help your bestie when they are in need. This book pulls at the ...more
Kim
From March 2013 SLJ:
Gr 4-6: Sixth-graders Joey and Zach share a dream: after the Little League championships, they'll get chosen for the all-stars and, from there, the Center State Select team. The friends are so focused on their goal that Joey comes up with the idea of tampering with their teacher's pickup truck to prevent Mr. Kratz from taking the class on an extra-credit field trip that would keep Zach from participating in the championship game. That action haunts Joey for much of the story,
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KC
Sep 15, 2016 KC rated it really liked it
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Abe Seldowitz
Jan 01, 2014 Abe Seldowitz rated it really liked it
The realistic fiction book Force Out by Tim Green is all about two best friends, Joey and Zach who are extremely competitive with each other in the sport of baseball. Joey and Zach have grown up together, ever since they were small, they have been very close friends and they have both shared a passion and love for baseball. They play baseball together, they watch baseball together and they bond over baseball together. Now that they're teens, they want to each tryout for the local travel baseball ...more
Matt H
Jan 28, 2016 Matt H rated it it was amazing
If you want a book with suspense, mystery, and action that keeps you on the edge of your seat not wanting to stop reading, then read, Force Out, by Tim Green. Joey and Zach have always been best friends. They’re also two of the best baseball players in their league and are definites for the all-star team at the end of the season. Their dream is to play together on the Center State select team, and they will do anything to help each other get there. So when Zach is forced to go on an extra-credit ...more
Maxm
Feb 26, 2015 Maxm rated it it was amazing
The main idea of this book is that Joey and his best friend play baseball together and want to be in the MLB one day. Many struggles happen in Joey's life as the book continues. One problem that Joey has is during his baseball team's semifinals game, it's up to him to not strikeout or get an out, but he struggles and gets an out. This leads to a lot of blame on Joey. Even though his team got eliminated, Joey still gets the chance to be part of the all-star team. He makes the team and so does ...more
Daniel Campbell
Nov 17, 2014 Daniel Campbell rated it it was amazing
The main characters in the book are Joey, Zack, Mr. Kratz, and Joey’s Mom. Joey and Zack are both really good little league players. Zack has a field trip and he is determined to play in the little league championship game that day.
So the night ahead he cuts the fuel line so his teacher Mr. Kratz’s could not go to the field trip. Meanwhile Zack distracts the dog with meat. In this meat there is prescription medicine, this gets the dog sick.
They play together in the championship, but Joey’s
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Diane
Joey and Zach are best friends. They always have each others' back. Which is my they make a bad choice. Because of a low grade in science, Zach has to go on a field trip for extra credit rather than playing in a championship baseball game. Joey wants him there. So, he devises a plan. He and Zach go to the teacher's house in the middle of the night and disable his car, so the field trip will get canceled. The plan also includes giving Mr. Kratz's bulldog a valium so the dog won't cause trouble. ...more
Silas
Sep 11, 2015 Silas rated it really liked it
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Nick Bruns
Oct 30, 2014 Nick Bruns rated it really liked it
This book was one that was hard to rate. When two best friends are trying to get in the elite spot, they will try their hardest to get there. They first start out by a small crime that get his friend to play in the championships. Adventurously the previous best friends hate each other and will try what ever it take to get in the elite team with only one spot. For me it was difficult to put the book down because it makes you want to find out what is going to happen next. For me it was hard to ...more
Fanny
May 17, 2015 Fanny rated it really liked it
Joey and Zach have a long friendship, being baseball the sport they shared passion for. They always dreamed of playing together, and they were willing to do anything to help each other so they can both join the same team.
Unfortunately, the team they wanted to join has only one spot open, which make these two boy go from being the best friends to the biggest rivals. But Joey holds a secret that could force Zach out; Zach's fate lies Joey's hands, so Joey will have to set his priorities straight;
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Jordan Shinn
Apr 02, 2015 Jordan Shinn rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading Mike Lupica’s book Force Out (one of many). I’ve read a couple other books by this author and I like how he makes you feel like you're there, with the main characters. In this book Josh and his friend Zach try to get accepted to a traveling baseball team, but their extremely strict science teacher Mr.Kratz planned a mandatory field trip the day of the game. So Joey and Zach sabotage the teachers car to be able to play. But as time went on their friendship was tested but it all ...more
Kendall Alexander
Oct 30, 2014 Kendall Alexander rated it it was amazing
This was an very easy book to read. In sports fiction it deserves a ten and in realistic fiction it deserves a ten. This is a book about two young kids that love baseball. They will do anything to get to play it. Sometimes they even do a little to much.
This book is very easy to read. These kids lie to there parents, lie to there coaches, and even lie to there teachers just so they get to play baseball. They go as into making there teachers car not work so one of them can play baseball. There is
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Lisa
Aug 18, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
Force Out is a great book with lots of baseball action! Best friends Joey and Zach thought they would always play ball together. Suddenly when there is only one spot on the select team for the Little League World Series, their friendship is put to the test. If you love books about friendship, but especially if you love baseball, this book is for you. One of my favorite passages is:

"Coach V turned his burning eyes on Joey so that he blinked. "What's your goal?" "To make the select team," Joey sai
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Gavin
Mar 29, 2013 Gavin rated it liked it
Enjoyable enough fiction for kids, probably in the 9-14 yr old range depending on reading skills. For that though, it's not exactly kiddie all the way, there's some reality about relationships as well as some interesting characterization. I'll be honest, I wouldn't have read it had I not won an advance copy from Goodreads First Reads program, but I would for sure have read it at that age myself. Green is a solid writer, making me really hate certain characters, but obviously that's what he was ...more
Noah D'Aliesio
Oct 20, 2015 Noah D'Aliesio rated it it was amazing
My book for this month is Force Out by Tim Green. The genre of this book is realistic fiction. The setting of Force Out takes place in Harlan County, Kentucky. The main characters of this book are Joey, his mom, dad, and his little brother Martin, Zach, Mr. Kratz, Leah McClosky, Coach Barrett, Butch Barrett, and Coach Tucker. In this book, Joey and his friend Zach sneak out at night and put a clamp on their science teacher's fuel line. It ends up being a whole mess, and Joey's mom is a police ...more
Daniel Flaherty
May 29, 2014 Daniel Flaherty rated it really liked it
Force Out is a book that most people can relate to. It is about two best friends, Joey and Zach who are two best friends that love and are really good at playing baseball. Joey and Zach have a dream that both of them would make the all star team and then win the regional championship, but it doesn’t end there. They want to make the all-state team together. That team includes the best of the best from where they live. It is a great book about friendship and how Joey and Zach overcome ...more
Matthew Biggar
Sep 12, 2013 Matthew Biggar rated it really liked it
Tim Green's book "Force-out" is definitely one of my favorites. Zachary and Joey are two of the best players on little league team, and for both of them to make it on the all-star team they must win the championship. There's only one problem. Zach, an underachieving student, must go on a field trip to try and save his grade. Unfortunately this field trip lands on the same day of their championship. Joey, his best friend, must help his friend out of this jam and come o with a scheme and get ...more
Joshua Morgan
Oct 19, 2015 Joshua Morgan rated it really liked it
This was a very good book that I thoroughly enjoyed. It was realistically portraying both the ups and downs of a middle school friendship. The only thing that I would say about this book is that it seemed a little phony at its ending when the parents say he is not in trouble for telling the truth about the dog. Also, the "rivalry' part between Joey and Zach was extremely quick. The whole point of the story was to make the travel team, but it was only barely mentioned at the end. Also, the one ...more
Yann Bakala
Feb 01, 2016 Yann Bakala rated it it was amazing
***spoiler alert*** if you are in to baseball and love the game then this book is the best realistic fiction book you have probably read it was for me.

the start of the story takes place in the home of one of the main characters joey Riordan a good student but when a field trip for extra credit pops up Joey's best friend Zach has to go on and will have to miss the finals game for there baseball team.Joey helps his friend Zach by choking the gas pipe of his teacher's car Mr.Kratz
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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 ...more
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