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Much Ado About Baseball Hardcover – Import, 15 June 2021

4.9 out of 5 stars 12 ratings

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Much Ado About Baseball is the best children's book I've read in the past 10 years! ― Brad Thor, New York Times bestselling author of the Scot Harvath series

A middle schooler struggles to adjust after moving to an idyllic Massachusetts town.

Trish Das is at a crossroads. Not only is the 12-year-old unhappy that her family has moved yet again due to her mother's cardiology career, she also has to try out for a new baseball team. The fact that one of her new teammates is a former archrival further complicates matters. Math prodigy Ben Messina went head-to-head against fellow math whiz Trish at last spring's Math Puzzlers Championship. When Trish emerged victorious, Ben was stunned. The two get closer when the team's mysterious pregame snacks start making everyone play better while also causing magical side effects during games. Equally surprising are the cryptic puzzle booklets Trish and Ben receive in the mail that lead them to even more wins. But as the puzzles get harder to solve, the risk of failing to do so increases. Alternating between Trish's and Ben's perspectives, LaRocca's novel-a companion to 2019's Midsummer's Mayhem-is a Much Ado About Nothing homage that explores parental expectations, complicated friendships, and teamwork. The protagonists' love of problem-solving shines through, and the puzzles themselves are clearly explained. As a third-generation Indian American, Trish also has moving conversations about the circumstances that led her grandparents to emigrate and how those decisions still impact their lives. Ben is implied White. Final illustrations not seen.

A moving tale of baseball, magic, and former rivals who come together to solve a problem. ― Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

Baseball provides energetic context to this story in alternating voices of friends in a lovingly drawn and diverse community. Add magic, numbers, Shakespeare, and lashings of mystery, all seasoned with artful sprinkles of culinary flavor and equal parts humor and heart. Cleverly adjacent to the world of Midsummer's Mayhem, yet standing wonderfully well alone. ― Uma Krishnaswami, author and Astrid Lindgren Award nominee

It's no mystery why Rajani LaRocca's Much Ado About Baseball is a home run. Like the smell of freshly cut infield grass, this fast-paced story of friendship, fitting in, and finding yourself is filled with magic and math. It pops with baseball excitement and summer days full of possibilities. ― David A. Kelly, author of the Ballpark Mysteries series

About the Author

Rajani LaRocca was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives in the Boston area with her wonderful family and impossibly cute dog. She earned a BA and an MD from Harvard, and spends her time writing novels and picture books, practicing medicine, and baking too many sweet treats. Midsummer's Mayhem was her debut novel. Find her online at RajaniLaRocca.com and on Twitter and Instagram @rajanilarocca.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Yellow Jacket (15 June 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1499811012
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1499811018
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 - 12 years
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 454 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.97 x 2.54 x 20.96 cm
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Belle’s Middle Grade
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!
Reviewed in the United States on 7 September 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!
Reviewed in the United States on 7 September 2021
I’m loving these stories so much! I am so impressed with how, so far, all MG books that include sports still make it to where I still love the story. I don’t care for baseball 1 way or another, but I loved it in here. I was on the edge of my seat for THE BASEBALL GAMES as well as the other amazing parts of the story. That’s saying something. MG authors know what they’re doing lol Also, math is my LEAST favorite subject, but I LOVE puzzles/riddles. This is full of math puzzles/riddles & I really enjoyed that too! So good!

There’s also something special about these with how they are like a Shakespeare/mythology like feel/fairies/modern day twist of awesomeness. If that makes any sense lol And again, so many amazing messages & life lessons. Messages on rivalries, misunderstandings, teamwork, friendship, family, doing what’s right, being true to yourself, being honest with your loved ones, grief, enduring, girl power, & even how relocating & changing schools can be so hard for a kid.

There are just so many parts that make up the whole of these books that make them so great. The characters are always so amazing too. Abhi was the BEST best friend. Absolutely loved him. We have a doggy though-Fib. That is 1 special dog. He has my heart. And that scene toward the end with him & another character?! All the feels. Big book hug time for sure. Book 1 was full of sweet treats, & this 1 is full of salty treats. So creative how it’s all broken down, & all the details-even the meaning of Fib’s name. I had no idea about any of that, & I immediately did research lol Like the 1st book, there are recipes in the back-salty treat recipes this time. There are also mathematical concepts, puzzles, etc! Love it! Highly recommend! I don’t know if this will just be a duology, or if there will be more-but I would love more! SUCH A BEAUTIFUL cover with beautiful illustrations sprinkled throughout by Chloe Dijon too!💜
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JSL
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book! Loved it 3.14 times infinity!
Reviewed in the United States on 12 July 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great appeal for children
Reviewed in the United States on 5 August 2021
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Robyn Irrgang
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Reviewed in the United States on 9 July 2021
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