Courtney Vail's Reviews > The Card: A Van Stone Novel

The Card by Jim Devitt
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May 11, 2012

really liked it
Read from April 07 to 12, 2012

Van Stone wins a spot as a batboy for the Oakland A's through an essay contest and gets a front-row pass to the behind-the-scenes action of major league baseball. This book never opens readers up to field action, it's strictly within the clubhouse and locker room. Although THE CARD starts off slow, showing Van as he's starting off on his new job and interacting with his dad, it was cool to have a YA book in a different environment from the norm. Van's dad, who works on classified inventions, dies in an accident, and not long after, Van and his friends find themselves being tracked and attacked by goons. The tension revolves around this special Moe Berg baseball card Van got from his dad and the mystery surrounding it is pretty cool and the story becomes action-packed near the end. This book is clean and definitely leans young YA, but it would please those younger readers, I'd say 11-15, who are looking for fun, suspenseful "boy" books. I would've liked more development with the characters which is why I knocked off a star, but overall, it was a good book.
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Sharon Storm Van is a batboy for the Seattle Mariners, not the Oakland A's. The A's play games on the road as the visiting team in Seattle, and Van works in the visitor's clubhouse, so he helps some of the A's, but he works for the Mariners.

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