Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: R. T. Martin
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.
A longtime fan of the Mason Falls high school baseball team, Justin is pleasantly surprised when the team suddenly starts winning—big time. Then he starts to wonder if it’s a little too good to be true. How can a team get so good so fast? Is a new coach and solid batter really enough to make such an amazing turnaround? He decides to find out. Together with his friends, Katie and Bryce, they uncover a corrupt plot to take the losing team to state.
This story has strong themes of integrity and challenges multiple characters to make difficult decisions between loyalty and honesty. Justin is a devoted fan, and his best friend is even on the team—does he really think they could be cheating? Bryce is psyched about his team’s wins and growth, but he can sense some things are off with their wins—will he go against the team he loves to unearth the truth? Matt was kicked off the team for cheating, and now he is cheating to get back on the team, but he has a chance to redeem himself by helping Justin and Bryce—will he help them even if it means getting in trouble? This is a fast-paced, easy read for young learners, and it will help them as they develop their understanding of honesty in different situations.