Game 1 by Phil Bildner

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Griffith, Graham, and Ruby's father passed away in the war. And now they must join their mother and their father's wartime traveling baseball team, The Travelin' Nine, on a tour of America to raise money. No one will tell the kids why the team needs money so badly. Their only clue is a baseball with a hole the size of an acorn in it that their Uncle Owen gave to them the night of their father's funeral. They know very little about its significance except that their father made it with his own two hands and carried it with him throughout the war. And when all three kids hold the ball, strange things begin to happen...

About Phil Bildner

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Phil Bildner is the author of the New York Times bestselling Sluggers! series, the Texas Bluebonnet Award-winning Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy and its companion, The Shot Heard 'Round the World, both illustrated by C. F. Payne; and Twenty-One Elephants, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. His latest picture book is Turkey Bowl, illustrated by C.F Payne. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Loren Long illustrated President Barack Obama’s Of Thee I Sing; the newest version of The Little Engine that Could; Madonna’s second picture book, Mr. Peabody’s Apples; and the Barnstormers series. He also illustrated Frank McCourt's Angela and the Baby Jesus and is part of the Design Garage for Jon Scieszka’s Trucktown series. Loren’s work has appeared in Time, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and Atlantic Monthly. He lives with his wife and two sons in Westchester, Ohio. Visit him at
Published February 27, 2007 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers. 144 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Griffith, Ruby, Graham and their mother are barnstorming across the Midwest with the Travelin' Nine baseball team.

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Deftly blending surefire ingredients—nostalgia, father-son bonding and on-field action—Bildner's (Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy ) story tells of the 1958 championship NFL game between the New York Giants and the Baltimore Colts, played at Yankee Stadium.

Jul 24 2006 | Read Full Review of Game 1 (Barnstormers)


Game 1 - Porkopolis by Phil Bildner and Loren Long is the first book in the Sluggers series (originally the Barnstormers series) of books for middle school students.

Mar 03 2012 | Read Full Review of Game 1 (Barnstormers)

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