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Perfect Game

Part of Fred Bowen Sports Story Series

by Fred Bowen

Baseball and basketball action abound in this Sports Story Series book from Washington Post KidsPost columnist and author Fred Bowen – perfect for fans of Mike Lupica and Tim Green.

 “Perfect Game is about the important lessons sports can teach: How to play for the love of the game.” ―Tim Shriver, Chairman of the Board, Special Olympics

When he volunteers with a team of developmentally disabled players, Isaac learns the true meaning of a “perfect” game.

Isaac is determined to pitch a perfect game: no hits, no runs, no walks, and no errors. He can’t settle for less if he wants to make the summer all-star team. But when he allows a hit, Isaac keeps losing his cool on the mound and can’t get his head back in the game.

Then Issac meets a very interesting Unified Sports basketball player who gets him thinking in a different way about the whole idea of a “perfect” game. But will this change in perspective help him be a better pitcher?

Themes of kindness, friendship, perfection, and ability star in this inspiring installment of Fred Bowen’s Sports Story Series.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-701-4
Publication Date: 3/1/2013
Page Count: 144
Size: 5-1/4″ x 7-1/2″
Age Range: 7 – 12
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-625-3
Publication Date: 3/1/2013
Page Count: 144
Size: 5-1/4″ x 7-1/2″
Age Range: 7 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-779-3
Age Range: 7 – 12
Language: English

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AR Level: 3.8
GRL: O, Gr 3
Lexile: 550L
Themes: Baseball, Disability, Perfectionism
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


“A combination of fast-paced action, sports savvy young characters and authentic situations makes this novel a winner.” ―Washington Parent

Perfect Game is about the important lessons sports can teach: How to play for the love of the game.” ―Tim Shriver, Chairman and CEO, Special Olympics

“As always, Bowen provides the ‘real story’ behind his novel at the end of the book, and it makes for fascinating reading.” ―Standard-Examiner

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“The readers learn along with him, and that is the best way to teach, isn’t it? That words can hurt, that the effort is what counts, and most importantly that playing for the team’s win is ‘perfect enough.’ What a perfect addition to any reading list!” ―3rd Grade Reading

“Like the other sports stories from this author, this new title has a fast-paced plot, realistic characters in realistic situations, lots of details about the games, and historical information at the end of the story… Readers, young and old, will enjoy this story and will come away from it with a better understanding and appreciation for Special Olympics Unified Sports team members.” ―Bentley Book Notes

“A ‘perfect’ read for sports buffs. Fred Bowen combines likeable characters, realistic dialogue, and believable character growth with plenty of sports details, statistics, and lingo. Isaac’s personal development and understanding of the players on the Special Olympics team is impressive and rewarding.” ―Good Reading Guide

“The scenes with the Special Olympics Unified Basketball Team were spot on… The story will generate much discussion on what is normal and perfect. The story also teaches compassion, patience, and puts the topic of giving back or helping others at the center of any discussion of the book. I could not put it down. Any kid who reads this, boy or girl, will enjoy Isaac’s determination, spunk, spirit, and transformation.” ―Kid Lit Reviews

“This is my first experience reading Fred Bowen’s work and after reading Perfect Game I’ll gladly go back and read his previous books which focus on a variety of different sports. I can’t believe I hadn’t discovered his books sooner!” ―The Mad Reviewer



Great Kids Can Read Award (Nominee) ―Greater Kansas City Assoc of School Librarians, 2015-2016

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Starred, Intermediate) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2014

Land of Enchantment Book Awards (Children’s Book) ―New Mexico Library Association, New Mexico Council of IRA, 2015-2016

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Massachusetts Children’s Book Award (Master List) ―Salem State College, 2013-14

Maud Hart Lovelace Award (Nominee, Grades 3-5, 6-8) ―Minnesota Youth Reading Awards, 2015-2016


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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.