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Bauer, Joan.
New York : Viking, 2016
IL 5-8, RL 4.0
ISBN 0451470346

(3 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Jeremiah is a huge baseball fan. Nobody knows his exact birthdate or who his Mother is. He was nine months old when he was found sitting in his baby chair chewing on a stuffed eagle in the snack room of Computer Partners Ltd. A note was left that said: ďpleez tek car of him Bcaz he my best boy I know yur good!Ē Jeremiah was found by Walt Lopper a computer engineer with a heart as big as his brain. Walt eventually adopted Jeremiah. When Jeremiah was eight years old he was diagnosed with a serious heart condition that would lead to a heart transplant. Jeremiah had to give up playing baseball but not the game he loves. A new consulting job takes Jeremiah and Walter to Hillcrest, Ohio home of the champion Hornets High School baseball team. Soon after Jeremiah arrives in Hillcrest, tragedy and scandal threaten the future of baseball in the town. Join Jeremiah and his new friends on this page turning adventure to bring baseball back to Hillcrest and make the newly formed Hillcrest Junior High Eagles baseball team soar! 
(Booktalk by Great Stone Face Award Committee, 2017)

Booktalk #2

Baseball is Jeremiahís life, but he canít play because of a heart transplant. His father has to move to a town that lives and breathes baseball and Jeremiah is super excited. He starts at the middle school but they donít have a baseball team. Scandals have been brewing with the coaches at the high school and middle school. Jeremiah canít bear to see baseball banned, so he volunteers to coach. Even though he canít play, heís committed to be the best coach he can be! Can he steer the team to victory, or will the team fall apart? (Pennsylvania Young Readerís Choice Award 2017-2018)

Booktalk #3

Jeremiah Lopper is possibly the world's biggest baseball fan and he knows just about everything there is to know about his favorite sport. Due to a weak heart, Jeremiah is unable to step onto the diamond and play the game he loves. When his father is transferred to a baseball loving town in Ohio, Jeremiah believes that only good things can be in store. Not soon after their arrival, the townís revered high school baseball team is rocked by a scandal that could put the light out on baseball in Hillcrest forever. Jeremiah becomes determined to restore faith and hope to a shattered town through the creation of a middle school ball team. With much grit, determination, and tenacity, Jeremiah teaches a town what it really means to soar.  (Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award, 2018)

SUBJECTS:   Adoption -- Fiction.
                        Baseball -- Fiction.
                        Coaches (Athletics) -- Fiction.
                        Heart -- Transplantation -- Fiction.
                        Moving, Household -- Fiction.
                        Teamwork (Sports) -- Fiction.

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