The Big Field by Mike Lupica

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Playing shortstop is a way of life for Hutch?not only is his hero, Derek Jeter, a shortstop, but so was his father, a former local legend turned pro. Which is why having to play second base feels like demotion to second team. Yet that?s where Hutch ends up after Darryl ?D-Will? Williams, the best shortstop prospect since A-Rod, joins the team. But Hutch is nothing if not a team player, and he?s cool with playing in D-Will?s shadow?until, that is, the two shortstops in Hutch?s life betray him in a way he never could have imagined. With the league championship on the line, just how far is Hutch willing to bend to be a good teammate?
 

About Mike Lupica

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Mike Lupica is a New York Times bestselling author of several books for young readers. His New York Daily News column is syndicated nationally. Mr. Lupica lives in Connecticut with his wife and their four children. You can visit Mike Lupica at www.mikelupicasbooks.com.
 
Published March 4, 2008 by Puffin Books. 268 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Game by game, Keith Hutchinson’s baseball team makes its way to the Florida state championships at Roger Dean Stadium.

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Lupica's (Travel Team ) formula for success seems to be this: take a kid with big athletic talent and even bigger heart, mix in some conflict at home, add a lot of play-by-play action and end with a nail-biter game where the underdog prevails.

Feb 25 2008 | Read Full Review of The Big Field

Common Sense Media

This further complicates Hutch's tense relationship with his father, himself a former shortstop and disappointed minor leaguer.

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i love softball and baseball , day in and dayout, however the way that this book described the plays on the infield, outfield, and in the batters box were a dread.

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Common Sense Media

Lupica deftly uses Hutch's rivalry with Darryl to lay bare Hutch's troubled relationship with his distant and disappointed father, who has given up on life and wants Hutch to do the same.

Feb 25 2008 | Read Full Review of The Big Field

KidsReads

As the team moves through the rounds of competition to put them in the big game on The Big Field, Hutch must deal with several issues: his continuing resentment of his rival, his perhaps over-consuming love of baseball, and his relationship with his father, himself a heralded player who still has...

Mar 04 2008 | Read Full Review of The Big Field

Youth Services Book Review

Fourteen-year-old Hutch eats, sleeps, and breathes baseball, so he is happy when his American Legion summer baseball team starts working its way through the semi-finals towards the tournament played at the end of the summer on the big field that the pros use.

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