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4.79  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  11 reviews
When thirteen-year-old Sam Barrette’s baseball coach tells her that her attitude's holding her back, she wants to hit him in the head with a line drive. Why shouldn’t she have an attitude? As the only girl playing in the 13U league, she’s had to listen to boys and people in the stands screaming things like “Go play softball,” all season, just because she’s a girl. Her coac ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 212 pages
Published March 25th 2016 by Spellbound River Press (first published June 11th 2015)
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Trevor
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick, light, uplifting read for all genders--especially for anyone who has ever faced down a discouraging coach or teammate.
Kimberly Sabatini
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg-ya
This is an important book for girls and boys. In a world where two former female West Point graduates can kick butt in Ranger School, there is NO REASON why a girl who loves baseball and plays as well (or possibly better than the boys) shouldn't be allowed--EXPECTED-- to play. In Mozer's novel, the sweet spot is that place on the baseball bat that's just right--allowing the batter to hit it out of the park. But there's also a sweet spot in life and it's when EVERY PERSON is in the place where th ...more
Caitlyn Smith
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am writing this review for Dr. Syke's class, READ 3307 02. The Sweet Spot is a wonderful book for children in the 5th-8th grade. Written by Stacy Barnett Mozer, it is a book for girls in the middle school grades. The presentation of the book is made with water color, which truly attracts the reader's eye. The main character is a girl named Sam Barette. Sam is strong, and interested in playing for the boy's baseball team one day. Her athletic ability is above and beyond the norm for her age. Sh ...more
Madison Truesdale
The book, The Sweet Spot, is about a girl named Sam has a passion. Her passion is baseball. She has played baseball all her life, with mostly boys. Sometimes there were a girl or two on her team but mostly all all boys. She was a very good player two, and when she registers for a baseball camp, under the name Sam, they assume she is a boy and almost don't let her in. Meanwhile, her best friend Mike, says he thinks she can't succeed in baseball because of her gender.
I would defiantly recommend
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Kristen Pham
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Sweet Spot is a realistic look at the obstacles one 13-year-old girl faces when she goes after her dream to be a baseball player in a sport dominated by guys. The heroine, Sam, is lovable but flawed, a completely believable and relatable character. The dominant theme of the book is definitely how Sam overcomes the sexism she faces at an all-boys baseball camp, but other subtle themes about family and friendship give the book a richness that make it a truly compelling read. The authentic writ ...more
Paige Shockley
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book! I read this book from start to finish in one day because I couldn't put it down. My daughter read it and she recommended it to me and I loved it as well. I love the character development throughout the book and it was very easy to follow right from the start (a refreshing concept after the last book I read). It's a great book for anyone to read who isn't quite sure where they fit in any circumstance or just a great feel good book. Highly recommend! Can't wait for more books fr ...more
Adam
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Sweet Spot is a fantastic story about a young girl who overcomes a gender boundary that shouldn't exist in the first place. In a 2015 world, it's an empowering story that girls AND boys should read and learn from. My girls will definitely hear about how Sam Barrette wouldn't take no for an answer and how she proved herself extremely valuable time and time again. It supports what I always tell them: you can do or be anything you want to. Don't let anyone try to ruin your dreams. Sam Barrette ...more
Jennifer Bohnhoff
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sweet Spot is a great book for athletic middle school and upper elementary girls. The main character is a strong girl interested in making it in the mostly boy's world of baseball. She is taunted and demeaned by men and boys who think she belongs in softball. It's also a coming of age book about a girl whose relationship with her best friend, who just happens to be a boy, is changing. Lovely and sensitive, this book will help guide girls through the difficulties of asserting themselves and b ...more
Nina
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
A very enjoyable story from start to finish. THE SWEET SPOT is an engrossing story about a girl who plays baseball-- and the challenges she faces just for being a girl. One would think that in 2015 we wouldn't need a book like this-- but we do! The characters and situation are very believable. I would highly recommend this book to young sports fans (both female and male)-- but also to anyone who has faced daunting obstacles.
Cheriee Weichel
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! There is so much to love about this book. First off, it's about baseball, the one sport I love to watch. Second, Stacey Mozer has created authentic characters who grow and mature through the book.
Sam Barrette loves baseball and is also very good at it. She's the only girl on her team and her coach rides her hard and complains about her attitude. When she goes away to baseball camp she has to deal with more misogyny, but manages to overcome these obstacles to become an even better player. T
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Kellee
Full review with teaching tools: http://www.unleashingreaders.com/?p=1...

I wish I was Sam. I love baseball, but like most girls, softball is really the only option. I right away had a direct connection with Sam because she was living a dream I had when I was younger. But I also know how hard it is to cross gender barriers. As a “tomboy” you are constantly questioned and made fun of, so to be so out in the spotlight, Sam definitely feels she needs to prove herself. As a female, there are so many
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Stacy Barnett Mozer is a middle grade author, a book blogger, and an elementary school teacher. Stacy started writing novels when one of her third grade classes told her there was no way a real author who wrote real books could possibly revise as much as she asked them to revise. She’s been revising her own novels every since. Stacy is an active SCBWI (Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illus ...more
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