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Dugout Rivals

Part of Fred Bowen Sports Story Series

by Fred Bowen

Jake Daley loves baseball. He loves playing for the Red Sox in the Woodside baseball league. He loves playing short stop. Most of all, he loves to win.

Jake is excited when newcomer Adam Hull is selected to play for the Red Sox. Adam can do it all―pitch, hit, and field. But as the Red Sox rack up win after win, and Adam’s talents dominate every game, Jake can’t help but wonder: Do he or the other players even matter? When Jake’s father tells him the story of Babe Ruth and the 1927 Yankees, though, Jake sees how even the best players must rely on their teammates.

Author Fred Bowen continues his Sports Story series with play-by-play action that’s sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats! An afterword provides the real story of the 1927 Yankees, the group that many have called “The Greatest Team of All Time.” For more on this title, visit the Sports Story series website here.

Format: Paperback
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-515-7
Publication Date: 2/1/2010
Page Count: 128
Size: 5-1/4″ x 7-1/2″
Age Range: 7 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-645-1
Age Range: 7 – 12
Language: English

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AR Level: 3.8
F&P: GRL Q, Gr 4, Genre RF
Lexile: 600L
Themes: Baseball, Cooperation, Rivalry
BISAC 1: JUV032010 JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Baseball
BISAC 2: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship
BISAC 3: JUV039220 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Values & Virtues


“Bowen’s stories move along briskly with rapid-fire action sequences and end with surprising twists.” ―School Library Journal

“Perfect for reluctant readers, or those making the jump into chapter books…Young readers will devour these stories, along with their painless lessons, and still have time to join their friends for games.” ―SLJ Online, Curriculum Connections


Volunteer State Book Awards (Master List, Grades 3-5) ―Tennessee Association of School Librarians, 2012-2013

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Meet the Author

Fred Bowen is the author of Peachtree’s popular Fred Bowen Sports Story series. A lifelong sports fanatic, he has coached youth league baseball, basketball, and soccer. His kids’ sports column “The Score” appears each week in the KidsPost section of the Washington Post. Bowen lives in Maryland. You can visit his website here.