Lupica, Mike. The big field.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

LUPICA, Mike. The big field. Penguin, Philomel. 288p. c2008. 978-0-399-24625-8. $17.99. J *

Skilled sportswriter Lupica, author of such YA novels as Travel Team and Heat, provides yet another strong tale about a young teen learning life lessons through sports. Here our hero is Hutch, age 14, who lives for baseball and dreams it will be his ticket out of blue-collar East Boynton, Florida. His team is aiming for the Florida State Championship, to be played on the big field at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, where the pros play. Hutch has always played shortstop, the position played by his father, a former would-be pro who only made it to Triple-A; Hutch wishes his dad would coach him, but his dad, now working as a caddy and a chauffeur, barely talks to him. A new player named Darryl has joined the team, and not only has he taken Hutch's position, he makes it clear he considers himself the team's star. Darryl's goading and his...

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