The Secret Baseball Challenge

Thursday, July 8, 2010
 I envied th e players their uniforms, their equipment, their umpires, everything. The feeling started in the pit of my stomach. I wasn't hungry. I was hurting.

Book: Dallas O’Neil And The Baker Street Sports Club – The Secret Baseball Challenge by Jerry B. Jenkins, Moody Press, 1986
Genre: Sports Fiction
Target Audience: Boys 10-15
Subjects: Obedience to parents, relationship with parents, friendship, witnessing, responsibility
Summary: Dallas and his friends are extremely frustrated. They are just as big of sports as the rich kids across the highway but they aren’t allowed to play in the local baseball league, even though it’s only half a mile from their home. They’ve tried everything they can think of, but the league directors simply won’t allow them to join. Finally Dallas has an idea that may solve their problems. But it turns out his idea only solves half of their battle. Will the boys ever be able to play baseball with other teams?
Notes: This book reminds me A LOT of the Sugar Creek Gang series with just a slightly older main character. The main character is a young boy who is a believer and from a home where the parents are very involved in his development, physical, mental, emotional and definitely spiritual. So he reaches out his friends. He does a devotion with them every morning, prays for them, and encourages them in good choices. He’s a big fan of outdoor things, particularly anything sports related. It felt exactly the same as Sugar Creek Gang books! So if you’re interested in a book about a character who is devoted to Christ and share it with his friends, but is also a very normal little boy, this is worth pursuing!
Recommendation Scale: 5
Reviewer: J:-)mi
Ephesians 6:1 – Children obey your parents in the Lord for this is right.


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