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Free Baseball by Sue Corbett
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Feb 16, 14

bookshelves: sports, jfic-middle-grades-4-6, rl-800-900
Recommended for: Grades 4-6, baseball, Cuban-Americans
Read in July, 2009

RL 800. Felix loves everything about baseball and can't understand why his mother HATES it, even though his father is a famous baseball player. Felix and his mother have lived in the US since Feliz was a baby-- he and his mother escaped from Cuba on a small boat. Now older, Felix is determined to find out more about his father and why he never made it to America.

The writing style is simple, with Spanish words peppered in to add to the authenticity. The ending is a bit predicable--but also what I was pulling for (many Cuban-Americans never make it across the Gulf). You'll wrap this happy ending up around you like a warm blanket. Grades 4-6
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