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Berk, Josh.
New York : Knopf, 2013
IL 3-6, RL 4.2

(2 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

Lenny is a major Phillies fan.  He and his friends try never to miss a game.  And Lenny knows just about all there is to know about the team.  When they hear about the contest to announce an inning of a game, they all just know that Lenny has what it takes to win.  The audition tape will be Lenny announcing a past game where a famous player pitched the worst game in Phillies history.  And guess what!  Lenny wins the contest.  On the night of his big game, things don't go as planned.  After meeting the young RJ Weathers who is the starting pitcher, Lenny settles in to enjoy the game and get ready for his inning.  But after a disastrous start, Weathers simply drops dead on the mound.  Is this a case of an undiagnosed problem?  Or is it murder?

Booktalk #2

Lenny LOVES baseball, but unfortunately has zero skill.  What he DOES have is a talent for announcing, and when his friends, Mike and Other Mike convince him to enter a contest, he wins!  The prize: announcing one inning of a Phillies game, live, on the air.  But before his inning, a hot new pitcher drops dead.  Everyone thinks it's a heart attack.  Everyone, except Lenny and the Mikes.  (Isinglass Teen Award Committee, 2015)

SUBJECTS:     Baseball -- Fiction.
                        Murder -- Fiction.
                        Best friends -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Philadelphia Phillies (Baseball team) -- Fiction.
                        Mystery and detective stories.
                        Mystery fiction.

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