Today’s gift recipient is a child. He or she is eleven or twelve-years-old and they love sports. They think about box scores and recent trades and sometimes miss what their teacher just said because they are mentally calculating the number of days before spring training begins. Fortunately, there are authors who write really good books for them. Fred Bowen, John Feinstein, Tim Green and Mike Lupica all write sports-based novels that combine sports and adventure and sometimes mystery.
Each author has written lots of books, but I chose two recent titles by each author. Any young sports fan would be happy to find one of these in shiny gift wrap:
The Big Time: A Football Genius Novel by Tim Green
Rivals: A Baseball Great Novel by Tim Green
The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game by John Feinstein
Change-Up: Mystery at the World Series by John Feinstein
The Batboy by Mike Lupica
The Big Field by Mike Lupica
Winners Take All by Fred Bowen
No Easy Way: The Story of Ted Williams and the Last .400 Season by Fred Bowen
No list of sports novels would be complete without the classic book by Bette Bao Lord, In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson – a wonderful story about a young girl who moves from China to New York where she learns many new things, including the story of Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
In case you’re counting – there are 104 days before spring training!