Fantasy Baseball: Playing Ball in Ever After

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The book, "Fantasy Baseball" by Alan Gratz, puts together the cool combination of sports and fairy tale fantasy.

The book, "Fantasy Baseball" by Alan Gratz, puts together the cool combination of sports and fairy tale fantasy. Alex Metcalf woke up on a bus with no memories and no idea how he got there. So Alex does what he does best: play baseball in the Ever After Baseball Tournament for the team, the Oz Cyclones. The prize for winning the tournament is a wish from the Wizard of Oz.

 

Along the way to playing in the baseball tournament, Alex makes a big enemy: The Big Bad Wolf. You know, the one that huffs and puffs and eats little pigs and grandmas. Now the wolf will stop at nothing to devour Alex. So, not only is he playing against a bunch of much better teams who all want their wishes from the wizard, Alex is first on the Big Bad Wolf's revenge list. There's only so much one boy can take!

 

This book was well paced and action packed, although there were some confusing parts. For example, Alex time travels, but you don't realize this has happened until later when it is explained. Also, what Alex is (he isn't from a book, like everyone or everything else in Ever After), and how he got there is not revealed until about the middle of the book. But, don't let the confusing components keep you from reading on!

 

I would recommend this book for ages 8 to 12. This book is a good read for people who like sports books, and for people who like fantasy or fairy tale stories. For more on the author, Alan Gratz, go to www.alangratz.com Mr. Gratz has written several other books, including "The Brooklyn Nine" and "Samurai Shortstop".Title: Fantasy BaseballAuthor: Alan GratzPublisher: The Penguin Group: A division of Penguin Young Readers Groups: Dial Books for Young ReadersNumber of Pages: 278