Fantasy Baseball by Alan M. Gratz

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The Wizard of Oz meets America's favorite pastime!

Alex Metcalf must be dreaming. What else would explain why he's playing baseball for the Oz Cyclones, with Dorothy as his captain, in the Ever After Baseball Tournament? But Alex isn't dreaming; he's just from the real world. And winning the tournament might be his only chance to get back there, because the champions get a wish granted by the Wizard. Too bad Ever After's most notorious criminal, the Big Bad Wolf, is also after the wishes. And anyone who gets in his way gets eaten!

From beloved baseball author Alan Gratz comes a novel in which classic literary characters are baseball crazy, and one real-world boy must face his fears and discover the surprising truth about himself.

About Alan M. Gratz

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Alan Gratz's ( Samurai Shortstop was named one of Booklist's Top Ten Sports Books for Youth and Booklist Top Ten Debut Novels for Youth, as well as being named one of ALA's Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults. The Brooklyn Nine was one of Booklist's Top Ten Sports Books for Youth. He lives in Bakersville, North Carolina.
Published March 17, 2011 by Puffin. 319 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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Gratz’s lithe humor delivers some good puns, literary and other allusions and one decent takeoff on “Who’s on first?” But the relatively few fine baseball moments are surrounded by what seems like stuffing right out of the Patchwork Girl, while the meaning of Alex’s sojourn in Ever After is obscu...

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Eventually, Alex figures out whose daydream he is in a thread that adds poignancy and tension to a slightly unwieldy narrative, as the Oz team encounters Mother Goose, the critters from Redwall, L'Engle's Charles Wallace and Mrs. Which and Whatsit, among numerous literary cameos.

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