Roy can’t wait to play on the high school baseball team next year, but he’s got to pass eighth grade history first. Fooling around in history class is easier than remembering all those places and people and dates, but the cute girl he teases doesn’t agree, especially when they both get sent to the principal’s office…again.
For once his divorced parents agree on something and pull Roy from the spring All-Stars team and its daily practices since his history grade keeps dropping. They will allow him to play rec league baseball – where having fun is the only goal– since they only practice once a week.
But how will the high school coach see his brilliant batting and amazing performance as a shortstop if Roy is playing on a team that never wins? The players are horseplaying on the bench instead of watching the other team’s skills, the coach lets them practice batting instead of strategy, and the recleaguers think Roy is just showing off when he gives them advice on how to play.
Since Roy’s history grades are getting worse, it’s time for a tutor - a high schoolteacher who is his dad’s new girlfriend! Valerie, the cute girl from his class,is assigned to the same tutoring group – how can he concentrate on anything now??
Will the rec team pull together and win just one game? Will the high school coach let Roy try out if he’s a rec league player now? Will Roy master history or become history? A great baseball story that fans will cheer about! 240 pages
Recommended by: Katy Manck, Librarian-at-Large (retired academic/corporate/schoollibrarian), Gilmer, Texas, USA