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Rivals (Baseball Great #2)

4.32 of 5 stars 4.32  ·  rating details  ·  785 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Cooperstown! Josh is thrilled when all his hard training pays off in a big way and his team, the Titans, makes it to a national tournament in Cooperstown, home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. More is on the line for Josh than just a trophy. Winning would mean everything to his dad—now Josh's coach. Winning could mean a major endorsement deal for the Titans and the a ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by HarperCollins (first published 2010)
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Rainier Birco
What I liked about this book was that the author made Josh's rivals both on and off the field like what he's battling off the field is that this guy is paying a referee to call bad calls on the field to make this all-star player by the name of Mickey Mullen Jr. win the tournament. What he's battling on the field is his injury that his eye has been critical damaged and has been told by his physician or doctor is that he can't play for 3 weeks which is the day of their tournament so he has to wear ...more
Rj Matney
The book "Rivals" by Tim Green, is a great book. "Narration filled with crisp dialogue brings immediacy to Josh's painful practice sessions, the excitement of his games, and his confusion at the flux of middle-school dynamics," says Kirkus Reviews.
Josh is a nearly six foot tall middle-schooler who is a baseball star. The Syracuse Titans are competing for a spot in the "Cooperstown Hall of Fame Tournament" against the Toledo Nighthawks. The pitcher for Toledo can throw a seventy-five mile per h
Karen Ball
Josh LeBlanc is back, and he's playing to win, even after getting hit in the head with an intentional beanball and having to have eye surgery. His team makes it into the Hall of Fame Championships tournament, and Josh discovers that a former major league player is doing everything he can to ensure that his son's California team wins it all... everything including paying off the head umpire who is absolutely NOT interested in fairness on or off the field. Josh has a couple daring escapes from th ...more
Om Manghani
Nice book- one of my favorite comfort books that just hooks me in, and never lets me go. I guess my love for sports must add to how much the book sucks me is, but it is still really good.

I enjoyed how real the characters were- and how much like children they were. Even when Josh and his friends made it to the biggest baseball game that they have ever played- they still acted very down to Earth and like many people their age would. I have a feeling Tim Green has played sports, because his descri
Daniel Campbell
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Michael Snipp
The book rivals by Tim green is a great book. I recommend this book to people who love sports especially baseball. this book is mainly about baseball and going to this big tournament called Cooperstown.
This book is based on three kids and how they want to live their dream on becoming a professional baseball player. They play on one of the best teams. on their game to goto cooperstown they have to play the best team in the country and the have a pitcher who throws fast. the pitcher for the other
Gabe Latog
Rivals by Tim Green is a really good book. What I liked about it was that the author, Tim Green, was able to incorporate Josh's rivals on and off the field. An interesting thing about the story is Josh's battle on the field and his critical injury. But most importantly , I liked how his rival was caught cheating on the field. All in all this book is really likely to keep you reading consistently.
Kylee Copeland
This book was called Rivals by Tim Green. It was and about a boy named Josh who plays baseball for the Titans. He is 12 years old and is playing in a big tournament in Cooperstown. Josh get hit in the face with a 75 mph fastball and is out for 3 weeks until the big tournament starts.He hears that Mickey Mullen junior is playing in the tournament. Mickey Mullen Junior is the son of a famous baseball player named Mickey Mullen. Josh and his team make it to the championship game in Cooperstown. Jos ...more
Rivals is a really great book! You should read it because u will have fun reading it. Im pretty sure ones u read the book half way you'll get more interested in it.
Steve  ODonnell
Josh isn't just your average baseball player. Every since he was young he had been bigger than most of the other boys this age, giving him a slight advantage. He plays on the Syracuse Titans traveling team coached by his father. In the past they have been very successful winning multiple national titles. His two best friends are a part of the team with Josh, Benji playing the outfield he calls him self the team's "heavy hitter" and Jaden who doesn't play on the team but instead she acts as the t ...more
The main idea of this book is Josh (main character) plays baseball with his friend Benji on a team. Josh loves baseball and wants to be in the MLB one day. Josh and Benji travel to a different state to start their baseball tournament. They win all their games and make the championship game. They go into the game as the underdogs, but that's not how Josh sees them.

Overall I liked this book, and it was very interesting. My favorite part was when Benji hit a home run in the championship game to h
Lee Hammond
This book is a great book for people from the age of 10 and up. This is a really good starting book. Now while you think this book is a starting book it's gonna be boring. No this is one of those starting books that can be interesting through the whole book. The main character Josh and his team the Titans try to compete at the biggest level of his little league career. His team are on their way to the Cooperstown Tournament, to compete for more than just the Tournament.
The book “Rivals” by Tim Green is a great book for anyone who like sports or adventure books. This is a realistic fiction book about a boy named Josh and his two friends Benji and Jaden. Josh, who is the best player on his team and his best friend Benji, who is slightly less athletic are on a baseball team that is coached by Josh’s dad. Jaden is a girl who is a writer for Benji and Josh's team, but secretly has a crush on Mickey Mullen, who is the best player on their teams rival. They live in a ...more
Cayden Veland
how did you pick this book? I saw it on the self and it looked good because its about baseball and I like baseball.

Setting: The story takes place in modern time down in Cooperstown

Conflict: The main Character is facing External conflict because in one of his baseball games he gets hit by a beam ball (a pitch that is thrown at your head on purpose) that hits him right above the eye and to keep playing to go to Cooperstown he will have to have a scar.

Characterization: The Character is dynamic beca
Tyler Rechsteiner
By Tim Green
Josh is a teenager who plays baseball for the Titans, and josh is by far the best player on their team. The Titans make it to a national tournament in Cooperstown, NY. Winning this tournament can help Josh get attention of MLB scouts and get him to the pros when he gets older. Josh sadly gets injured near the end but Benji, Josh's friend wins the game for the Titans.

I thought this book was a great book and that it left me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I enjoyed the par
The author of this book makes Josh's rival be a on the field rival and a rival well not playing the game of baseball. A captivating book about Josh's journey with his friends Benji and Jaden to the biggest tournament in kids baseball in america, the hall of fame tournament held in Cooperstown. Josh and his friends must stop cheating in this tournament before it was too late. Going to extreme levels to let Josh's team the Syracuse titans have a chance to win this tournament.

An exciting book ke
Tim Green tells the story of Rivals. Josh is one of the best players in little league. He and his friend Benji and Jaden are going to the Little League Louisville tournament. He ends up getting hit in the face by a ball two weeks before he has to play. He decides to have surgery so he can play. One day he was walking when he saw the Comets coach’s bodyguard paying the ump at a game. Josh knew that they were cheating. Josh followed the ump home and the ump almost ran him over. The ump yelled “ Ar ...more
Andy Moore
Rivals by Tim Green is a really good book. It is about a teengaer named Josh. His baseball team the Titans makes to a national tournament in Cooperstown, home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. There is other things that is more important than winning the tournament. If they win his team would get a major endorsement deal. There was a dirty play and a brutal injury that almost sidelined Josh. After that he sees suspicious activity during the tournament. He tries to tell his friends but thei ...more
I give this book a 5 because it was really exciting reading about the baseball games. I also enjoyed the side story of this book because it added a little suspense
Cameron Furbeck
Rival Review
The book I chose is Rivals by Tim Green. This book is a sports fans perfect book. It was well written. I would read this book over and over again and would still be an amazing book. This book is about a kid named Josh, and he is on the way to the National Hall of Fame Tournament Championship game.
In the book, the author is narrating the book. The main characters are Josh, the baseball slugger. Benji, Josh's best friend. Jaden, a reporter writing about Josh. In the beginning, they
Ryan Pittore
This story is about Josh and his two friends, Benji and Jayden, who figure our that the baseball tournament that they are in has referees that are paid for another team to win. This book is very exciting and also very realistic. It talks about Josh's family at home with two divorced parents and Josh feels partly responsible for it. Josh feels they split up because Josh's dad was pushing Josh really hard to make it to the MLB. His mom on the other hand, wanted josh just to have fun and that they ...more
Joey R
I really liked this book because of all of the action that is in it and also of the baseball that was in it. I like action in my books a lot. I also like the baseball part of it because baseball is my favorite sport and they didn't just talk about baseball they also talked you through the games. I thought this book was a really good book and I would recommend it to all of my friends.
Eric Schlarman
I thought this was a good book because it was a team that was convicted of using steroids and they had to find a coach quick and they end up winning the whole tournament but before that the were having lots of trouble with other teams cheating but theuy over came it and that is why I like it.
Daniel Flaherty
Rivals was one of those books that I wish I had read earlier. It was just that good, simply amazing, Tim Green at his best. The main character, Josh, is an all-star 12 year-old baseball player. He is the best of the best in every category, hitting, fielding, pitching, and everything else. He is an enormous force to be reckoned with. Josh’s team enters a tournament with a lot of good of good other teams. Although, on one team, the LA Comets, there is a player that is supposed to be as good as Jos ...more
This book was Phenomenol it really kept the reader at suprise it wasn't one of those books that are really predictible and take a while to get the point. The book the Rivals is the exact opposite of what I just described. It had all the things you need to make a great book, great strong detail, great characters, grreat plot, and great problem that he overcomes.

See the setting is in a suburban town up north where there is a kid name Josh and his two friends bennie and jayden. Bennie and Josh are
Shay Talton
The book that I'm reading is called Rivals and the authors name is Tim Green.It takes place on a baseball field with a boy named josh that likes to play baseball.My opinion on this book is that it's really attracting because it keeps the reader thinking or surprised.This book would be appropriate for 7th and 8th graders especially if they like baseball because I play baseball and I really liked it.This book is about a boy named josh that plays on a good baseball team and that he is the best play ...more
This book is about a boy named Josh who plays baseball for a very good team. It tells how he is the best on this team and the heart and sole of his team. This book is mainly about one tournament and how him and another boy become enemies or rivals. The other boy just happened to be a professional athletes son. Josh's girlfriend ends up running off from him and starts dating Toshes rival. The championship game was more about pride than actually winning.

My favorite part of this book was when Jos
This book was a great book to read. Josh and his friends, Jaden and Benji, are in a tournament when Josh gets hit by a pitch in the head and almost breaking his eye socket. Even though that, Josh keeps playing and goes to the country championship. In the championship, he goes against Mickey Mullen Jr.

This baseball book was really good. The writing is powerful and puts you in Josh's shoes. Some of the strengths are I enjoyed how Josh kept trying to play baseball even after getting hit by a bean b
Daniel Lagan


great lots of fun characters and a fun story full of awesome baseball players. I would recommend this book to young readers.
Josh G
I rated this book as four stars because it wasn't all just baseball the whole book like most baseball books it had much more suspense and unexpected things that happened. If there were no cheaters in the tournament and everyone played the game right this book would never be a good book.
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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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