Project Description

Play off Dreams
Discussion Guide

Playoff Dreams

Part of Fred Bowen Sports Story Series

by Fred Bowen

Brendan is one of the best players in the league, but no matter how hard he tries, he can’t make his team win.

Frustrated, he can’t seem to find the answer to his dilemma and it looks as if his playoff dreams with his team will never come true. But when his uncle take’s him to a game at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. An unexpected event and the story of legendary Cubs player and Hall of Famer, Ernie Banks, make Brendan realize that it’s love of the game rather than winning that makes the experience a success.

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 Ernie Banks and his baseball career. For more on this title, visit the Sports Story Series website here.

Format: Paperback
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-507-2
Publication Date: 8/1/2009
Page Count: 112
Size: 5-1/4″ x 7-1/2″
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-507-2
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English

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AR Level: 4.2
F&P: GRL P, Gr 3, Genre RF
Lexile: 580L
Themes: Baseball, Sportsmanship, Teamwork
BISAC 1: JUV032010 JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Baseball
BISAC 3: JUV039220 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Values & Virtues


“[Bowen’s] pacing is excellent and he has a knack for efficient evocation.” ―The Washington Post

“Long-suffering Cubs fans of all ages (especially kids) will identify with the plight of a young Chicago boy whose knothole team can’t seem to make the grade. Then the presence of a Wrigley Field legend and his sunny-side-up approach to baseball changes everything.” ―USA Today Baseball Weekly

“Bowen is quickly joining the ranks of today’s most popular sports-fiction authors…. he skillfully interweaves fact and fiction and uses historical sports plays and concepts as a backdrop for the story.” ―School Library Journal

“Bowen is a natural when it comes to writing sports stories and informing his readers about the past. These books are perfect for kids ages 8 to 12.” ―Newsday


Maryland Children’s Book Award (Nominee, Intermediate) ―State of Maryland International Reading Council, 2001

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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.