Zachary's Ball by Matt Tavares
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An engaging picture book that really hits home—just in time for baseball season!

Zachary is amazed by the sights and sounds at Fenway Park when he goes to his first major-league baseball game. But when his father catches a foul ball at the game and gives it to Zachary, something really amazing happens—suddenly, he finds himself on the pitcher's mound, wearing a Red Sox uniform! As long as Zachary has the ball, all of his baseball fantasies seem to come true. But can he hold onto its magic?

With simple text and striking black-and-white pencil drawings, Matt Tavares brings to life the fantasy of every baseball fan and evokes the spirit of a beloved national pastime.

About Matt Tavares

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Matt Tavares says of ZACHARY'S BALL, "In this age of Astro Turf and retractable dome stadiums, I wanted to create a story that portrayed baseball in a simple, timeless way—a child going to an old-time ballpark with his fielder's mitt, hoping to catch a foul ball or maybe even see his hero hit a homerun." Matt Tavares lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.
Published March 1, 2000 by Candlewick. 32 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Though the narrative's transitions (from the main action into the dreams, and between past and present) are a bit choppy, it ends on an upbeat note: years later, the narrator catches a home-run ball outside the park and gives the ball to a girl walking by with her father.

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When his father catches the ball and gives it to Zachary, something magical happens: Zachary is in the game, not watching the game.

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