Say It Ain’t So

In YA Book Reviews on April 29, 2014 at 6:05 pm

18077825by Josh Berk

Mystery/©2014/279 pages/Recommended for ages 8-12

Publisher’s Summary (Goodreads):

Lenny, Mike, and Other Mike are back in school for the glory that is seventh grade, and this year, Mike is determined to make catcher on the middle-school team. When Mike’s hard work pays off and he wins the coveted postition, Lenny is a little jealous, but he’ll settle for being the team’s unofficial announcer.

The team has a brilliant new pitcher, Hunter Ashwell, and though he’s a bit of a jerk, he and Mike have a great pitcher/catcher dynamic that could make the team champions. But things take a strange turn when Hunter’s perfect pitching streak goes downhill, and Lenny suspects foul play—specifically, someone stealing Mike’s catcher signals. But who could be responsible, and why?

My Thoughts: I found out about this book in the Goodreads’ Mock Newbery 2015 group, and I can definitely see why it is a possible contender. It is second in a series, but the series part has to do with the continuity of characters not continuity of story arc, so it is not necessary to have read the first book (Strike Three, You’re Dead). This book is hilarious! The story is told from Lenny’s viewpoint, and he learns some important life lessons as he goes about trying to solve the mystery. Great characters, excellent writing, and just an overall pleasure to read. It is going to definitely appeal to the middle grade student, but I think adults will get a kick out of it as well. I certainly did!

My Rating: 5/5 Stars



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