Heavy Hitters (Game Changers #3)

by Mike Lupica (Author)

Heavy Hitters (Game Changers #3)
Reading Level: 6th — 7th Grade
Series: Game Changers
Mike Lupica presents the third book in his NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Game Changers series!

Ben and his friends, the Core Four Plus One, are so excited to play in their town's All-Star Baseball league. But in the first game of the season Ben gets hit by a pitch. It's never happened to him before and it shakes him up.

Another player on Ben's team, Justin, is acting really weirdly. Ben's known Justin for a while and they're friendly but he's not one of Ben's closest "boys." Justin is the team's best hitter but his behavior on and off the field is erratic.

Ben discovers that Justin's parents are getting a divorce and Justin is thinking about quitting the team. Like good teammates do, Justin helps Ben deal with his issues at bat while Ben is there for his friend while his family is struggling.

Hornbook Guide to Children

"Lupica's captivating play-by-play details pull the reader into the games, right alongside these sports-loving characters."

Review quotes

Praise for GAME CHANGERS #2: PLAY MAKERS:

"Like the first in the series, this volume provides an action-packed look at middle school sports as it explores issues of friendship, problem solving and coming-of-age." -KIRKUS

Praise for GAME CHANGERS:

"Even the female characters display intelligence and insight, a rarity in male sports fiction. A first-rate, inspiring football story, this will leave fans with an understanding that not all teamwork occurs on the gridiron." -BOOKLIST ONLINE REVIEW
Mike Lupica
Mike Lupica is a NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of several books for young readers. His NEW YORK DAILY NEWS column is syndicated nationally. Mr. Lupica lives in Connecticut with his wife and their four children. You can visit Mike Lupica at www.mikelupicabooks.com.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780545381840
Lexile Measure
940L
Guided Reading Level
V
Publisher
Scholastic Inc.
Publication date
February 20, 2014
Series
Game Changers

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