I just wanted to add two more baseball books to the list for grades 5 and up (see previous posts below).
GreenGuy just started reading The Brooklyn Nine, by Alan M. Gratz. He loves it so far. I haven't read it myself, but thought you might be interested. It's a very unique book in that the story is done in nine innings, with the main character of each successive "inning," or short story, being the son or daughter of the one in the previous inning.
GreenGuy happens to be learning about the Civil War at the moment, so since this book starts in the year 1845, it includes some related history. I love when authors combine sports with history, and this work of historical fiction will appeal to many different types of readers. So, if your middle school child is looking for a very unique book, whether he or she loves baseball or not, I'd give this one a try. It's certainly on my summer reading list.
For high school readers, this author has written another work of historical fiction called Samurai Shortstop. It's an award winning book, and one that I think every teenage boy can learn a lot from. However, it's a book for more mature readers, so I will be sure to read it myself completely before I share it with my son. He will probably have to wait a couple of years to read it.
If you have not read my previous baseball related posts, you might want to try these:
- Great Books for Young Baseball Fans, Part 1
- Great Books for Young Baseball Fans, Part 2
- Favorite Chapter Books for Young Athletes
- A Truly Unforgettable Sports Fiction Series
Do you know of any other great baseball books that you'd like to share?