Jackson s mom is dating Gig s dad is going to serve in the Middle East Isaac might be going to a new school Diego spends his spare time working These four friends lead different lives, but on the baseball field, they re a strong team the top of the order As their last year of elementary school ends, the boys want to have their best baseball season ever But this year, they might not even have enough players to stay in the league Then a great player volunteers to join the team But it s a girl And she plays with a pink glove Now the team is coming apart at the seams Will this end up being the worst season ever Here is a story about how life, like sports, can be unpredictable, frustrating, and exhilarating Top of the Order by John Coy is part of the 4 for 4 series, an action packed middle grade series for young readers about four boys from diverse backgrounds who deal with family, friendship, and school situations Appealing characters and plenty of baseball action will make this a hit with young sports fans Kirkus Reviews Coy effortlessly captures the voices of boys on the verge of adolescence Jackson and his friends are fully developed School Library Journal...
|Title||:||Top of the Order (4 for 4)|
|Publisher||:||Square Fish March 2, 2010|
|Number of Pages||:||208 pages|
|File Size||:||673 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
Top of the Order (4 for 4) Reviews
The biggest reason why I like this book (and will read the rest of the series) is because it doesn't have any vampires, zombies, witches, werewolves, ghosts, or fairies. Instead it's about the friendships of 4 boys and their love for sports. I'm not a baseball fan at all, but I really got into the action of the game. I think boys will identify with these characters. The writing is straightforward, yet descriptive and the dialogue is witty. Even though the characters are in the 5th grade, transitioning to 6th grade, I look forward to my 3rd grade boy reading this series. This is a Christmas/birthday gift no-brainer! :)
My son loves this series of books.
I did this as an end of the day read aloud in my classroom and the students, both boys and girls, loved it. We had much discussion about real life reactions and problems almost on a daily basis and many would say "Keep reading" even after the dismissal bell would ring. Great read!
Gold Star Award Winner!
Top of the Order is John Coy's first and long awaited mid-grade novel. This surprising and engaging story follows Jackson as he makes the transition between elementary and junior high. It leans on the foundation of an American pastime while illustrating the various challenges children face. With each difficult situation, Coy establishes Jackson as an open-minded kid looking for life's answers.
John Coy does it again. As a baseball lover, I often cringe when I read novels written by someone who never advanced very far in the game or did not even bother to do the necessary research. Coy displays an insider's knowledge of baseball that "those in the know", such as sportsloving fanatics and ballplayers, will notice right off the bat (sorry...).