Center Field by Robert Lipsyte

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Mike has his junior year well under control. He's got a solid group of friends. He's dating Lori, one of the hottest girls in school. And Coach Cody has all but given him the starting spot as the Ridgedale Rangers' varsity center fielder. And then Oscar Ramirez shows up. Oscar is an amazing ballplayer, as talented at the plate as he is in center field, and it's not long before Mike loses control. He's on the bench, he's getting into fights, and he finds himself in weekend detention with Katherine Herold, the most mysterious, abrasive, alluring girl in school. Mike is lost, confused, and looking to Coach Cody to help him get back on track. But the coach has his own set of rules for Mike to play by, and the decisions Mike makes are going to impact more than just the starting lineup.

Robert Lipsyte, one of the most celebrated writers in young adult literature, has crafted a subtly intense tale of adolescent struggle, a sports story about much more than sports—one that shows us how the moves one makes off the field matter even more than the moves one has on it.

 

About Robert Lipsyte

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Robert Lipsyte was an award-winning sportswriter for the New York Times and the Emmy-winning host of the nightly public affairs show The Eleventh Hour. He is the author of twelve acclaimed novels for young adults and is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring his lifetime contribution in that genre. He has also written numerous works of fiction and nonfiction for adults. He lives in Manhattan and on Shelter Island, New York, with his wife, Lois Morris, and his dog, Milo. Visit his website at www.robertlipsyte.com.
 
Published March 5, 2010 by HarperTeen. 292 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A new, talented teammate might take over Mike’s position in center field, and Mike’s coach is frighteningly controlling, demanding absolute, unquestioning loyalty at the expense of honesty and compassion.

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A neglected high school baseball player sorts out his loyalties in this young adult novel.

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This allows both the cyber club and Kat to see a totally different side of Mike, and Kat begins to take more of a personal interest in him and in his quiet thoughtfulness and unusual strength of will.

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