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Magic in the Outfield

Magic in the Outfield

(Book #1 of Sluggers)
Illustrated by: Loren Long
For Ages: 8 - 12
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Griffith, Graham, and Ruby's father passed away in the war. And now they must join their mother and their father's wartime traveling baseball team, The Travelin' Nine, on a tour of America to raise money. No one will tell the kids why the team needs money so badly. Their only clue is a baseball with a hole the size of an acorn in it that their Uncle Owen gave to them the night of their father's funeral. They know very little about its significance except that their father made it with his own two hands and carried it with him throughout the war. And when all three kids hold the ball, strange things begin to happen...
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  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 160 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416918844 | 
  • February 2009 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7 | 
  • Lexile 780L
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Q. how did you come to write Magic in the Outfield?

A. Loren came up with the idea and presented it to me in the summer of 2004. For several months we traded ideas via emails, and slowly, his idea evolved into a chapter book series! We've been working on now for almost 5 years!

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