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By Joyce Grant

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Series: Lorimer Sports Stories

Rating: 5 / 5 stars - 1 vote(s).

Miguel hasn't missed El Salvador since arriving in North America with his mother and sister. But with his father still in El Salvador and gangs shaking down the old neighbourhood, life isn't easy for Miguel.

When his father's situation becomes critical, Miguel becomes desperate to bring him to North America. But he can't even afford to join his baseball team on a road game — how can his family possibly pay his father's way? A solution comes from Miguel's teammate, who proposes a big baseball fundraiser. As the team learns about the hard realities some new immigrant kids face, Miguel and his family learn to trust their neighbours and teammates.


Winner - CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens - 2018

"When they finally learn that his father is able to come to Canada, they have to find the money for his flight. Miguel opens up to his teammates, and they come up with a plan: a community fundraiser and exhibition ball game, where each of the Blues can offer his or her resources to make it a success. Miguel and his teammates have learned what is possible through teamwork."

- Patricia Jermey Resource Links

JOYCE GRANT is a freelance journalist and the author of numerous books for children, including the Sports Stories novel Tagged Out. She is also the co-founder of, which provides free, kid-friendly news. She lives in Toronto.

Customer Reviews:

Reviewed by: HT on 26th July 2018 11:20AM

Excellent book about working together to help reunite an immigrant family. Lots of detail on baseball. Will appeal to reluctant readers.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 136 pages
Publication Date: 1st February 2018
ISBN: 9781459412842
Format: 7.75in x 5in

Binding: Electronic book text, 136 pages
Publication Date: 1st February 2018
ISBN: 9781459412859
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  JUV006000, JUV032010, JUV039060, JUV039240, JUV039250
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 10 To 13
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 3.5
Lexile Reading Level: HL530L


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Sports Stories Series

High interest sports fiction

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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.