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Discussion Guide

The Golden Glove

Part of Fred Bowen Sports Story Series

by Fred Bowen

Without his lucky glove, Jamie doesn’t believe in his ability to lead his baseball team to victory.

Jamie lovingly oiled his glove all winter and, as the season approaches, he―and his glove―are in top form. When he carelessly loses his glove, he also loses his faith in himself and it shows in his playing. After an unsuccessful search, Jamie borrows a glove for the season’s opening game. Disappointed in his performance, Jamie seeks help at a local sporting goods shop and finds it in the generosity of the store’s owner―a former minor league player. The old-timer uses the history of baseball gloves and a few fielding tips to demonstrate that no tool―even a lucky glove―is a substitute for confidence and determination.

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 behind baseball gloves. For more on this title, visit the Sports Story series website here.

Format: Paperback
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-505-8
Publication Date: 8/1/2009
Page Count: 110
Size: 5-1/4″ x 7-1/2″
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-672-7
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English

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AR Level: 4.1
F&P: GRL O, Gr 3, Genre RF
Lexile: 620L
Themes: Baseball, Confidence, Superstition
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

“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

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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.