Book Review: Rivals by Tim Green

Author: Tim Green
Title: Rivals
Publication Info: HarperCollins (2011)
ISBN: 0061626945

Summary/Review:  I downloaded this ebook from the library because my five-year old wanted me to read him a story about baseball.  He ended up not liking it due to the protagonists doing things they shouldn’t do, but I think an older child around 8 to 12 would really enjoy it.  The story is about the great 12 y.o. baseball player Josh, his goofy sidekick Benji, and their friend Jaden (who is a reporter) discovering corruption at a baseball tournament in Cooperstown that may possibly lead to a former star baseball player-turned-actor who has a son in the tournament.  The in-game action scenes are great and the mystery has some interesting twists.  Overall it’s formulaic, but I think this is an enjoyable story for kids about sports, fairplay, and friendship.  It’s part of a series of books called Baseball Great.

Rating: ***

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