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Batting Order

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A New York Times bestseller

From acclaimed author of the Home Team Mike Lupica comes a brand-new novel about the heart and soul of baseball.

On or off the field, Matt and Ben couldn’t be more different. Ben Roberson is an all-or-nothing player: he’s big, he’s bold, and he’s brash. Ben’s swing can hit a ball right out of the park—but that’s if he can get a hit at all.

Matt Bak
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 28th 2019 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Ms. Yingling
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
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Matt Baker is not only struggling with being small and short, but he stutters as well. He loves baseball because he doesn't feel small when he plays, and he can usually work around his stutter. He is being raised by a fantastic, softball playing mother, his father having decamped to London when when Matt was very young. His team, the Astros, is doing pretty well with his coach, Sarge, but Matt starts to notice that one teammate, Ben, is struggling a bit. Ben's fat
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Amy
Thanks to Edelweiss Plus and the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.

This was a standard Lupica book. The focus is mainly on the sport (this time being baseball) with some of the lessons/learning about life taking place alongside. It was perfectly OK. The kids in my building who love sports books and who read everything that Lupica puts out will love this one. Readers who aren't fans of the genre, or of baseball, won't find much for them here
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Ms. Patterson
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love how Mike Lupica's sports books are about more than the game. It's about the players, their families, the friendships, and life in general. Batting Order is about Matt, a boy who plays on his town's all-star baseball team. Matt is small, but has a powerful throw. His teammate, Ben, is a bit player that plays big all the time. Seemingly opposites, Matt discovers that he and Ben have more in common that he first thinks.

Matt's mom is what we wish every parent could be. (Probably too good to b
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Clark
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. The main character was a kid who had some issues with stuttering, but he was a great baseball player. He battled his stuttering, and a relationship with Ben, pretty much the opposite kind of person then him. Ben is a big kid, who swings for the fences every time he's up to bat. I really liked the story-line, even though I don't really like baseball, and the graceful way it was written really drew me in, especially with the outgoing characters that were so easy to relate ...more
Michael Travis
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Outstanding book for our young baseball/softball players! Lupica did a sweet job, focused on a great young kid in Matt and reminded us all that one can't judge anyone because we don't know what is happening in other's lives. He also underscored how valuable friendship is.

Great story. Go Astros!
Walter S. 2-3
A great written story, giving its feel of a real world scenario inside a realistic fiction story.
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Jul 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Laura
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Matt Baker is a small 12 yr old playing All Star baseball. The manager of his team is fantastic and I love a strong, sports savvy mom! Great resolution 😊
Brian Smeltzer
May 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Most of my students don’t watch or play baseball so it will be tough to get my students excited about it. For kids who love baseball and follow MLB, I think it would be an enjoyable book. It’s a fun feel good story once you get past the first 4-5 chapters filled with baseball references and jargon.

Thanks to Netgalley for my advance copy for review.
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Mike Lupica is one of the most prominent sports writers in America. His longevity at the top of his field is based on his experience and insider's knowledge, coupled with a provocative presentation that takes an uncompromising look at the tumultuous world of professional sports. Today he is a syndicated columnist for the New York Daily News, which includes his popular "Shooting from the Lip" colum ...more
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