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The Rookie Bookie

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  212 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Using the tips, truths, and stats they explore in their New York Times bestseller Scorecasting, two dads pack super sports savvy and important math and financial concepts into a fun and heartwarming first novel for kids.
New kid Mitch Sloan wants to fit in, but his nerdy love of statistics and making money isn't winning him any friends in his sports-loving town--until he fi
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2014)
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Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is about a boy named Mitch and he just moved from California to Illinois. Kevin, Mitch's older brother is a decent football player.The Rookie Bookie is a great book because it talks about Mitch trying to fit in with the popular while being a nerd. This book is a really good book because it talks about when a boy goes to a new school. I recommend this book to people who likes to read about sports.
Ms. Yingling
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mitch's family has moved from California to Illinois, where his artist parents feel that they will be more successful with their shop. Mitch hopes so-- he is quite fond of money, and backs up his affection with some realistic math skills. He applies these math skills to sports teams as well, and has on more than one occasion taken bets on games, hence the title of the book. Mitch's older brother, Kevin, is a decent football player on the high school team, but Mitch's small size and lack of athle ...more
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Rookie Bookie" by L.Jon Wertheim is an intermediate chapter book with an AR reading level of 4.6 and an interest level of 3rd - 6th grades. This book, depending on the reading abilities of the student would work as either a read aloud book or an independent reading book.

The student Interest Inventory asked if given three wishes what would he like them to be, my student responded with "rich, fast, and popular." Mitch Sloan, the main character in the book is new and all he wants is to make money
Shaun Lonergan
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dont ever do what he did in school kids # Great book ...more
Jairo Lopez
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was about this kid named Mitch and he just moved from California to Illinois. Because his parents think that they will be more successful in their shop if they've move. And then he likes sports so he signs up for math in sports to make plans in football games. And he bets on stuff to get lots of money. And then he makes friends with this girl in his school. But when something goes wrong he loses his only friend and he has to get her back. I liked this book because it wasn't boring it w ...more
This was cute and fits well with Summer Reading's sports theme this year. Nothing exceptional, but I enjoyed the story, and I don't think I've ever read a story about juvenile gambling before (it's nice to throw a little math in there with our sports) . . . The characters were fairly well developed, and the friendship between the two protagonists was a nice departure from the friendships depicted in a lot of contemporary juvenile fiction. I thought the morality was a little heavy handed (I don't ...more
Kassie Labrecque
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is for your reluctant reader who LOVES sports, especially football. It is about friendship and learning tough lessons, which is a great tie-in.
Kris Patrick
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Little Brown! Get it together!
I could sell the poop out of this book to kids and teachers if it wasn't out of stock indefinitely through your distributors.
Valerie McEnroe
Mitch Sloan loves numbers. He's a wiz with statistics. He likes talking about numbers so much that he can get annoying. It was a problem at his old school, but his family has just moved to Indiana, and so far things are good. Sure, he ranked last in the football tryouts, but he has made a friend who likes statistics just as much as him. If only he were as confident with the school bully as he is with numbers, things would be almost perfect.

Even though Mitch doesn't like playing sports, he loves
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really appreciate the purpose behind this book-the joining of sports and math. I hesitate to criticize anything about it, since the authors grew up in Indiana as I did. The thing that bothered me most was the idea that the football coach (nice as he was) would be so inept and would need Mitch to explain things. I would love to ask the authors why they used a few real names (Gas City, Clarksville, Louisville) and the rest fictitious (as far as I knew) The book does not have to mirror Indiana ex ...more
Margaret Boling
1/3/2017 ** We listened to this audiobook (thanks Overdrive) while my husband and I made a 6 hour drive. It was perfect: funny, well-written, and just enough business information. I think many readers will be able to find a connection - sports, math dweeb, tomboys, etc. I won't have any difficulty "selling" this for this year's Young Hoosier process.
Annie Payne
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was a decent read. I think it's probably interesting enough to hold the attention of some boys, and maybe a handful of girls, but I don't think it's going to a hit with all kids.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book it was interesting, and I couldn't put it down. I recommend it to some youngsters.
Galion Public Library Teens
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Review by G.H. : "About making money and being rich."
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Rookie Bookie by L. Jon Wertheim is a super good and thrilling book. The main character in the book is named Mitch. He is in middle school, like I am. He tries to fit in by trying out for the football team. Mitch is just trying to fit in and is having trouble with that. It is not easy helping the football team and saving his relationship with his new girlfriend. I wonder how he is going to make these things happen.

My favorite part is when Mitch admits to his new girlfriend while they are p
Connor Sullivan
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was one of the best books I have ever read because of how interesting it was. I would read it again if I didn't already know how it ended. This book was great for a few main reasons. I liked it because it was about kids our age and how they tried to make money by starting a football betting ring. They could been doing boring things like selling cookies or lemonade. Mitch and Jamie made money using their favorite sport, math, statistics, and predictions. The cool part about the way ...more
Amanda Harris
Mitchell Sloan is not what you call popular, in fact, he considers himself unpopular...geeky even. Back in California, he was bullied, he even got a swirly once. Now that Mitch has moved to Indiana, he has a chance to start new.

Mitch loves sports, however, he's not good at playing them...he's too scrawny, but he's good at figuring the odds. Statistics. What plays work, which ones don't and he's good at predicting who will win the game. This hatches a brilliant plan! Why not start a gambling rin
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
The bookie, The Rookie Bookie, was a pretty good book to read i you like football. I like this book, because it reminds me of the book Diary of a Wimpy Kid, because the book talks about himself and about his family and about his friends, like in the book Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I recommend this book to kids or even adults if they enjoy football or the book Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars on how good this book was.

I actually like the plot to this story, because it ta
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book by Tobias Moskowitz was the first book of his I have ever read. In the Rookie bookie Mitch is a new kid and trys out for the football team and doesn't make it. he feels the only way to fit in is gambling.
Mitch trys to fit in by starting a gambling scheme with his new friend Jamie. they get in trouble because the bully found their notebook. They get suspended and Mitch has to clean out the locker room were the coach get hints from him to win the last game of the year for the team and t
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Rookie Bookie is a YHBA book. This book has great appeal to reluctant readers who like sports. Mitch has recently moved with his parents from California to Indiana because they lost their house. He knows a thing or two about money problems and school problems. He sees an opportunity to make friends and make money when he becomes the Rookie Bookie and begins placing bets for his middle school friends. Mitch doesn't think there's anything wrong with his plan until he gets busted. This is a gre ...more
Amy Adams
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this one because it was on the SC Book Awards list for children's middle grade books this year. I probably wouldn't have picked it up otherwise because I'm not a sports fan, but I'm glad I read it! It reminded me a lot of one of my cousins. I could see him masterminding a plan to weasel money out of a bunch of his classmates. I like that the kid's intentions were mixed--he wanted to make money, but he also wanted to help his family. He goes through some tough moral decisions and delivers ...more
Trevor Lee
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was amazing!Seventh grader Mitch Sloan loves sports,though his football knowledge exceeds his athletic capability. Mitch's family has just moved to Indiana. Mitch and his friend Jaime get into a football gambling business that they have created. The gambling was a gambit and came falling down when the school bully John takes the book of the records and money, and hands it into the office. The author sure had a way to draw a reader in through clues and details. I would recommend this bo ...more
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: school, economics
A smart middle grade novel about a would-be Warren Buffet, Mitch Sloan, and his profitable attempts to cash in on his football savvy. With authentic middle school humor, this story includes marketing tips, principles of supply and demand, and football strategy. I especially appreciated Mitch's intelligent friendship with Jamie, his respectful and caring relationship with his family, and the wonderful shoutout to the principles of microfinancing. This is a fun story with big ideas and a kind hear ...more
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mitch Sloan's family has just moved from California to Indiana, giving him a chance to start over at a new middle school. Things seem to be starting off well, as he and his new friend Jamie come up with the idea of creating a football betting pool. No matter which team wins, they always make money. Mitch is fascinated by the idea of making money, and this book contains some cleverly woven in concepts about buying, selling, and saving. A fun story for football lovers, grades 4-7.
For me, it is a 3/5, but for a lot of students I know I think it'd be a 4 or 5. So the book quality is definitely there. Mitch and Jamie are smart about sports, math, business, and finances. Lots kids could learn from these two. There's also struggles with parent finances, bullying, friendships, etc. very relatable for kids. Pretty realistic character dynamics.
Kasey Kattil
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Rookie Bookie is a great book because it talks about a new kid trying to fit in with the popular while being a nerd and loving money. Mitch Sloan is the main character and he finds the perfect way to become Mr.popular by help the school football team. I would recommend this book to anybody who's interested in sports.
Lynne H.
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fun story about a boy who wants friends, but goes about it in the wrong way. He sets up a football gambling ring in his school, and when things go bad, he loses the one true friend that he has. He must put his knowledge to work to help the high school football team and coach so the they can win the game of the year.
Amber Houslet
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was a bit leery of this book as it came with a subscription for my elementary students. However, after reading it I found that I learned more of how Vegas makes it's bets and protects itself. I would suggest that anyone reading it finish the entire book before judging it as the Rookie Bookie learns a very valuable life lesson.
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Quite an enjoyable book for upper elementary students, and with a unique topic. I appreciated that he learned the error of his ways earlier on in the story and had to spend time using his skills for the better.
Trent Welbaum
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Since I am big on sports, I loved listening to this book! If you are a person who loves sports, then I would recommend you read/listen to this book. There is some good humor in this book as well. At times, I couldn't help myself but laugh!
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L. Jon Wertheim is the executive editor of Sports Illustrated. A sports journalist with a passion for psychology and economics, he is the author of such New York Times bestsellers as Scorecasting (written with Toby Moskowitz) and You Can’t Make This Up (written with Al Michaels).