Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Catch by Rick Jasper

It was a one-in-a-million play known simply at "The Catch." Footage of the catch found its way to news programs, sports highlight shows, and YouTube. Suddenly Danny has fans cheering for him, people writing to him, and girls interested in him. A European businessman has a plan for Danny to wear the Ocelot brand of sports clothing; it's a deal that will make Danny a lot of money. But not everyone is happy for him. Are they just jealous of his success?

The Catch isn't just for sports fans, but I think that baseball fans will be the ones who gravitate towards the book. Danny is a likeable enough character who gets swept up into a messy situation; he's not perfect, but his actions are understandable. Readers who enjoy this book will want to check out the other books in the new 'Travel Team' series. The storyline, writing style, and length make this a solid choice for young readers who might not think of themselves as readers, while the page count will satisfy teachers who require books to be at least 100 pages long. This is a great pick for school, classroom, and public libraries.

I received a review copy from NetGalley courtesy of Lerner Books.

Find it at IndieBound. 

Read it with:
Recruited by Suzanne Weyn
Plan B by Charnan Simon
Out of Control by Rick Jasper
Play Ball by Nunzio Defilippis, Christina Weir, and Jackie Lewis

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