Lucky by Wes Tooke
Maris, Mantle, and My Best Summer Ever

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Louis isn’t very good at playing baseball, but he knows and loves the game more than anybody. He loves the purity of the sport, the sound of the crack of a bat, and the smell of freshly cut grass in the stadium. And more than anything, he loves the New York Yankees. So when he becomes a bat boy for the team during the summer of 1961, it is a dream come true. Lucky gives readers baseline box seats to one of the most memorable seasons in sports history, and as Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris compete in their legendary home-run race, Louis learns that the heroes he looks up to can teach him life lessons that will change him forever.

About Wes Tooke

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C. W. Tooke has worked as a feature writer and editorial consultant and has published features in Salon, New Jersey Monthly, and the Princeton Alumni Weekly. His first novel, Lucky was a Junior Library Guild Selection. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and dog.
Published February 4, 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 196 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In 1961, the New York Yankees’ Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle were in competition to see who might break Babe Ruth’s record of 60 home runs in a baseball season.

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Louis May's father has remarried, so the 12-year-old is facing his first summer living with his disapproving stepmother and resentful stepbrother in White Plains, N.Y.

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That being said, I was totally hooked on LUCKY, the story of Louis May and the summer of 1961, which happened to be when the hottest home run race ever (without steroids) melted the hearts of baseball fans around the globe.

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