To order: 1-800-565-1975

Book Finder

Use our book finder to discover new and exciting titles!

Choose one or more search parameters in the book finder and click on the Find books button. A list of titles will appear in the main window.

You can then enter more search parameters to narrow your search for the perfect book!

Search by:
childrens-and-teens click here
Two Strikes
look inside

Two Strikes

By Johnny Boateng

$12.95 Paperback
In Stock Ships in 24hrs or or less
$7.95 Ebook
EPUB In Stock Ships immediately
Series: Lorimer Sports Stories

Rating: 0 vote(s).

KaLeah has just moved from Halifax to the small town of Trail, B.C. KaLeah's a natural at baseball, and it's what she loves to do most. But she is excluded and bullied by Nikki and her clique, the popular Valley Girls, because she is black and because she is better at softball than Nikki. She decides she wants to play baseball with the Trail Boys, the best players her age. Except it's an all-boys baseball team. But first KaLeah has to prove herself to the boys and the parents who don't want her to upstage their kids.

"Not just a baseball story, this reading level 4.2 book also addresses the issues of bullying in person and online, belonging, grief and persistence. The hero Kal is a strong, athletic girl who loves baseball so much that she tries harder and harder in the face of bullying...

The book is totally up to date as the teens have cellphones and laptops to use Instagram and Snapchat to hurt others. The dialogue is realistic for the age group, lively and effective as it moves the action along...The fluid, transitory way in which this age group enters into and drifts out of relationships is very well done in this book.

Although baseball is central to the story and the baseball scenes are full of action and drama, all teens will be drawn to the personal drama of how the characters win friends and influence people."

- Joan Marshall, Resource Links

"Upon first inspection Two Strikes seems like a straightforward novel about a young girl who just wants to play baseball in a small town. However, this little book deals with far greater issues such as identity, racism, and gender politics... I would recommend this novel to any young person who is searching for his or her own acceptance."

- Teresa Iaizzo, Senior Library Assistant, CM Magazine

"The detail in this book was so good that it was hard to believe. Though I don't know much about baseball the book taught me a lot about the sport. I was certainly impressed with how advanced the speaking parts were in this very talented, vibrant, impressive, book."

- Middle School Student, Netgalley Reviewer

"I enjoyed Boateng's writing; it's fast-paced with realistic interactions between the teens... References to current social media like SnapChat give this a very contemporary feel... The themes of discrimination, race and gender are handled with an appropriate hand for the topic and young readers will enjoy seeing how Kal finds acceptance in her new community."

- Michelle Mallette, Librarian, Netgalley Reviewer

"A very enjoyable book to read and gave you a nice feel good feeling as she overcomes lots of obstacles to play a sport that she loves."

- Tracy Collier, Educator, Netgalley Reviewer

Customer Reviews:

Your review

Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 136 pages
Publication Date: 22nd August 2016
ISBN: 9781459411470
Format: 7.75in x 5in

Binding: Electronic book text, 136 pages
Publication Date: 22nd August 2016
ISBN: 9781459411487
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  JUV032010, JUV039120, JUV039230
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 9 To 13
Lexile Reading Level: 540L
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 2.2


Similar titles:

Last Pick

Two Minutes for Roughing

False Start

Mud Run

Sport Stories

Sports Stories Series

High interest sports fiction

Series website


Series features

  • Gripping, action-packed stories
  • Short, high-interest fiction
  • Contemporary themes and Canadian settings
  • Award-winning authors who know their sport

"A winning series... designed to attract reluctant readers as well as provide recreational reading for children who are interested in stories about sports."
- National Library of Canada

"Lorimer is obviously succeeding with this series of action-driven novels which encourage young readers to 'Get in the Game'!"
- Resource Links

Kids who love sports love these books, and so do teachers. When you put one of these into a young sports fan's hands, you can feel confident they will enjoy reading.