Six Innings by James Preller

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Two teams, six innings, one game. A lively cast of characters—baseball-loving boys between the ages of eleven to thirteen—are playing the biggest game of their lives. With acrobatic catches, clutch hits, dramatic whiffs, and costly errors, this game is full of action. But as the book unfolds, pitch by pitch, a deeper story emerges, with far more at stake: Sam and Mike, best friends, are trying to come to terms with Sam’s newly diagnosed cancer. And this baseball diamond becomes the ultimate testing ground of Sam and Mike’s remarkable friendship as they strive to find a way to both come out winners.
This is for the championship.
This is for life. Six Innings is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

About James Preller

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James Preller is the author of SIX INNINGS, BYSTANDER, and the Jigsaw Jones series. He lives in Delmar, New York, with his wife, three kids, two cats, and a golden Labradoodle named Daisy. You can visit him on the Web at Bruno is a graphic artist and illustrator who lives in Italy. You can visit him at
Published March 2, 2010 by Feiwel & Friends. 176 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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Though Sam isn’t playing in his team’s championship game because he has bone cancer, he has become the team’s announcer in order to remain close to the action.

Mar 01 2008 | Read Full Review of Six Innings


The ideas behind this book would have worked much better, I believe, if there had been less time given to the game itself and more given to Sam's illness.

Jul 01 2008 | Read Full Review of Six Innings

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Provo Library Children's Book Review: Six Innings: A Game in the Life by James Preller

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