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Slote, Alfred.
THE TRADING GAME
New York : HarperCollins, 1990.
IL 3-6
ISBN 0833594567
Have you ever loved someone so much that you would trade thousands of dollars for his or her picture? Have you ever been let down by your hero? Would you put winning ahead of friendship? Eleven year old Andy Harris faces these questions when his grandpa comes to town for medical tests. Andyís grandpa, Jim Harris also known as Ace 459, is a retired pro baseball player. He brings Andy his recently deceased fatherís childhood baseball card collection worth several thousands of dollars. His grandpa thinks that collecting baseball cards is a waste of time. Andy is willing to trade an extremely valuable 1952 Mickey Mantle card for a twenty-five cent card featuring his grandpa, Ace 459, whom he idolizes. Andy soon learns that hero worship is not all that he thought it was as he struggles to remain true to family and friendship, while seeking to obtain his grandpaís pro baseball card. Andy must choose between his fatherís moral legacy and his grandpaís desire to win at all cost.  (Mark Todd, rmarktodd@yahoo.com, Creek Bridge Middle/ High School, Marion, SC)
SUBJECTS:     Baseball -- Fiction.
                        Baseball cards -- Fiction.
                        Fathers and sons -- Fiction.

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