Rivals by Tim Green
A Baseball Great Novel

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Cooperstown! Josh is thrilled when all his hard training pays off in a big way and his team, the Titans, makes it to a national tournament in Cooperstown, home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. More is on the line for Josh than just a trophy. Winning would mean everything to his dad—now Josh's coach. Winning could mean a major endorsement deal for the Titans and the attention of big league scouts!

After a dirty play and a brutal injury threaten to sideline Josh, he spies suspicious activity at the tournament. He tries to tell his good friend Jaden about what he's seen, but she's too busy spending time with the L.A. Comets' star player, Mickey Mullen Jr., to want to get involved. Jaden says she's doing research for the newspaper . . . but is she? Now Josh has a rival—both on the field and off—as he swings for the fences in a game that quickly becomes more dangerous.

New York Times bestselling author Tim Green delivers a hard-hitting look at what some teams will do to win in this gripping companion to Baseball Great.


About Tim Green

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Tim Green played Little League baseball for many years before specializing in football in order to become an NFL player. But his love for baseball lived on, inspiring him to coach his own sons' baseball teams years later. After graduating as covaledictorian from Syracuse University, Tim was a first-round NFL draft pick and played as a star linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons. He then earned his law degree with honors and has also worked as an NFL analyst for FOX Sports and an NFL commentator for NPR as well as cohosting ABC Network's reality show Find My Family. Tim is the author of the New York Times bestseller Football Genius and subsequent football books Football Hero, Football Champ, and Deep Zone as well as the New York Times bestsellers Baseball Great and Best of the Best and another baseball book, Rivals. He lives with his wife, Illyssa, and their five children in upstate New York. You can visit him online at www.timgreenbooks.com.
Published March 5, 2010 by HarperCollins. 277 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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Josh, the amazingly gifted baseball player introduced in Baseball Great (2009), finds new intrigue.

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Picasso's Matisses, Mr. Elderfield writes in the catalog, ''resemble not only earlier paintings by Matisse but, especially, the paintings that Matisse would make in response to them.'' But do artists really work this way?

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I thought McNally, because he has experienced the Iowa Writers' Workshop firsthand--and lived to tell the funniest tale ever written about it--would be an ideal subject to interview about a lot of concerns in the writing and publishing industries.

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One minute you’re riding on the shoulders of your teammates after a great victory, and the next your eye has swollen shut from a dirty play during the championship game and threatens to keep you from playing baseball.

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