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Chris Lynch
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Gold Dust

3.3  ·  Rating details ·  96 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
A Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award Nominee All of Boston has been waiting for the Gold Dust Twins to come to the 1975 Red Sox. It's a Sox fan's dream. Richard Riley Moncrief is a fan who intends to live that dream. Napoleon Charlie Ellis arrives from the island of Dominica. A cricket player, he's more at home in Symphony Hall
Hardcover, Large Print, 243 pages
Published December 3rd 2005 by Thorndike Press (first published 2000)
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Brendan D.
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Baseball is more than a game for seventh grader Richard Moncrief, its life. Its winter in Boston of 1975, and an uneasy time. Rookies Jim Rice and Fred Lynn are waiting for their opening day with the Sox’s. Newspapers call them the Gold Dust Twins. A new kid arrives at Richards’s school. His name is Napoleon and is from the Dominican Republic.
The book Gold Dust by Chris Lynch is a very heartwarming and rugged book. I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. I believe that the characters are very
Gatlin Owen
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is good
Charley Harpole
This book takes place during 1975. R¬¬ichard is only is the seventh grade but his life’s pinnacle is baseball and is a huge fan of the Boston Red Sox. It is not long before Richard meets, Napoleon Charlie Ellis, a new student from Dominica who love cricket and classical music. A new goal enters into Richard’s mind and that is to become the next Gold Dust Twins by following in footsteps of the star Sox rookies Fred Lynn and Jim Rice. Problems arise with his plan. For one, Napoleon’s heart is not ...more
Eli Mecinas
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, Gold Dust by Chris Lynch was truly amazing because the book made the character talk. The character said what he felt and what he acted. I like this book because it talked about baseball and the many great things about it. One quote was, "Here is a secret I can share, I don't care a ton about scoring runs or winning games. What I care is hitting a baseball. Baseball is not about teamwork, no matter what anybody says. It is about pitching and catching and hitting a ball. Especially abou ...more
Gabby Morgan
I read this book because it was one of the required authors and I love baseball. I figured that if I was required to read a book, it might as well be about something I enjoy. This book is about two boys, Richard and Napoleon, who become friends through strange circumstances. Richard absolutely loves baseball, while Napoleon is proper and would rather play cricket or do something involving music. Richard loves baseball spends the entire time trying to get Napoleon to want to be a pro-baseball pla ...more
Nancy Chaffin
Jul 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Napoleon Charlie Ellis moved from Dominca to Boston with his father and formed an unlikely friendship with baseball fanatic, Richard Riley Moncreif. Napoleon was very different from everyone and he developed a solid chip on his shoulder as he faced prejudice and racism with his peers. Richard was convinced that the answer to all of the problems of the universe was baseball. After seeing Napoleon’s athletic ability, Richard dreamed that, together, they would become the next “Gold Dust Twins.” The ...more
Cory Hernandez
As an avid baseball fan, I must admit that I was extremely excited to read this book. I can totally relate to the main character in that all I wanted to do when I was younger was eat, sleep, and breathe baseball. Even now that I’m older, I find that most of the television that I watch has to do with baseball. With that being said, if you like baseball, I think this would be a fun read for you. It’s a fairly quick read and would do best in the hands of someone in the age range of ten to fourteen. ...more
Bethany Eliason
Nov 24, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit
Unfortunately, I wasn't really impressed with this novel. It did not speak to me like the other books I have read. Mostly because of the main topic, which was baseball and that is not a sport I really like. I have no interest in it whatsoever. I also was not really impressed with Richard, the main character. It did not seem like he really changed at the end to me. Yes, he did realize that other people have different dreams than him and he cannot force his dreams on them, but I still got the impr ...more
Jan 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My book "Gold Dust" should definitely go to this "computer." My book is showing how people enjoyed the sport baseball and how conflict between people made them better at what they loved. This book is also showing how segregation is affecting their sport and is making some people get more fans than others. My book is able to show the importance of sports very well and can even show why people are so big into sports. the main character Richard is a baseball pro wannabe, he is doing everything in h ...more
Jul 18, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult-lit
While reading this book, it was not my first choice for this author. I thought that maybe I'd get into it because I love baseball and that's what it was about. Well, sadly, I can't say that I could. I think it was just because I've read so many books lately and many of them have been pretty intense and now I read a tween book that can't seem to catch my interest.

On a more positive side, this book is well written, I can see all the different details that Chris Lynch put into it. However, I got c
Dec 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I was rather surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Not because of the baseball themes, or even the Boston ones -- any real Bostonian would be better able to judge either of those aspects. No, I was really won over by the voice of Richard -- very authentic, confused baseball fanatic. I definitely don't really know folks like that, but it seemed both realistic and kind of heart-breaking. (I'm a sucker for stories about men/boys that can't really express their emotions.)

In addition, I'm not ev
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The end of the book was a surprise. Napoleon turned out to be a very good singer. He also told Richard that he never liked playing baseball. That part of the story really hit me with surprise. The author made it seemed like Napoleon loved baseball through out the book. Then he announced that he was going to a private school just for singing. I thought that the author made both of the surprises to fast. I think that if he spaced them out it would be better. I think that because the story got a li ...more
Jan 28, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teens
The book didn't really catch my attention and spur me on to continue it, like most books do. It dives right into the main character's love of baseball, but if you don't catch onto the boy's enthusiasm, you're pretty much left in the dust.

The main character's believability stems mainly from his complete devotion to baseball. It will make you laugh, seeing just how crazy he is about the sport and tries to convince everyone around him that he should love it just as much as he hdoes.

I'd promote the
Jennifer Curtin
EDLI 200 Reading Requirement: Middle Grade
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Reading Level:4-6

It is impossible not to love a book about baseball and a boy obsessed with it. Set in Boston in 1974, for 7th grade Richard, there is nothing more important in life than baseball and the Red Sox. The arrival of Napolean in Richard's life brings both hope and complexity. Napolean adds a layer of unexpected tension, a tension that Richard wishes would go away so he could just focus on baseball. Richard and Napolean
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-356
This is a very boy book. It is a fast read as well so that helped me a lot. I think this book was really good. I liked it a lot. It talked a lot about baseball, which I enjoyed because thanks to my dad and his baseball movies, I was able to understand the terminology of baseball really easy. I liked it a lot.

Language: There were very minor language, if any at all. It's kids in middle school

Sex: no sex was mentioned from what I understood in the book. Remember it is about kids in middle school.

Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
This is a fantastic book. While it claims a place as historical fiction based on the fact that it takes place during the Boston busing crisis, it's much more about friendship, race, baseball and thinking. A great book to introduce students to big themes! There's a fabulous description of Fenway Park,perfect as a writing model. In AR rating it's a 4.6 level worth 7.0 points. I think the thought processes and dialogue make it more challenging.
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What happens when a kid who lives and breathes baseball becomes friends with a kid from the islands whose love is cricket? And what happens when the kid from the islands is faced with the fear and anger that was part of the Boston school bussing? These are only
some of the cultural difficulties these two kids face as their friendship grows.

And will their friendship flourish? That is what Chris Lynch asks in this
very readable, great book for guys, YA novel.
Crystal Poole
This book was mainly lighthearted, but showed the hardships of racism. Through most of the book, Richard is oblivious to the racism going on all around him, but Napoleon, (from Dominica) is not. Richard tries to share his love of baseball with Napoleon, and does not realize for a long time that Napoleon loves something else more. The ending is a little sad, but satisfying.

Warnings: Racism, violence.
Kailee Jensen
Jul 21, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit
I actually really did not like this book. It was boring! Because I've been reading novels that deal with real issues and teens can relate to, this "tween" book did not catch my interest. I didn't even really love the writing style. Maybe I need to try another Chris Lynch, but I'm not a fan right now. The only warning: There is some racial discrimination. I might recommend this book to a younger male young adult...but it really bored me.
Seth Weingart
I like this book because it was realistic to life in Boston. Napoleon comes to Boston from the Dominican Republic during an era of racism. It is hard for him to get along with the other students. I like how Richard makes it possible to allow Napoleon to become his friend and show him his love of baseball.
Justin Grove
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was a good book. I liked when Richard told Napolean he was doing good. I really thought that that meant they were friends. I'm glad Napolean's dad spoke. It must've been kind of awkward, but cool. At first I didn't know that it was until Richard said that.
Jun 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Race relations in the 70's in a Catholic school where desegragation has just occurred w/ a baseball theme. "Gold Dust" twins refers to Fred Lynn & Jim Rice. Those who love baseball will like this book.
Jun 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
its good but its a little hard to figure what the author is talking about sometimes
Jill Guccini
Dec 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: title-wave
Boston & the Red Sox & racism, all in one short children's book? Sounds good to me. I liked this a lot.
Not a huge fan of this book. I simply don't care for Chris Lynch's style of writing. I think it is bland.
Jul 21, 2009 marked it as failed-attempts  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book but then just couldn't finish it. I don't know why, maybe because it was too boring or not exciting enough or something like that.
Brenton C
Jan 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
book about a boy who moves to the us, and where he lived before they played cricket there. He has a body built for baseball. He is learning to play baseball
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7th-grade
Good book, nice details and an unlikely relationship. It has a weird twist at the end, which surprises me. I'm making up my own ending for it.
Sadie Remington
This book was well written, but it was also meant for a younger age group and was definitely a boy book. The voice it had was really good though, and it was still a pretty interesting read.
Sep 07, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Read it in the spring or summer, but make sure there is a nearby batting cage you can go to.
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Chris Lynch is the Printz Honor Award-winning author of several highly acclaimed young adult novels, including KILL SWITCH, ANGRY YOUNG MAN, and INEXCUSABLE, which was a National Book Award finalist and the recipient of six starred reviews. He is also the author of FREEWILL, GOLD DUST, ICEMAN, GYPSY DAVY, and SHADOWBOXER, all ALA Best Books for Young Adults; EXTREME ELVIN WHITECHURCH, and ALL THE ...more
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