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Winners Take All PB
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Winners Take All

Part of Fred Bowen Sports Story Series

by Fred Bowen

In order to win an important baseball game, twelve-year-old Kyle claims to have made a difficult catch, which he actually dropped.

The unearned win gives Kyle and his team an unfair advantage in the championship series, and everyone considers him the hero of the game. But the praise and attention he receives is not enough to silence his conscience. Kyle is afraid of disappointing his family and teammates with the truth, but he is increasingly uneasy in his deception. Then his sports-crazed grandmother tells him about Christy Mathewson, a pitcher whose reputation for honesty had umpires asking him to make calls during games. In the end Kyle learns a valuable lesson about sportsmanship and realizes that being a hero is only worthwhile if you have earned it.

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 Christy Mathewson. For more on this title, visit the Sports Story Series website here.

Format: Paperback
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-512-6
Publication Date: 8/1/2009
Page Count: 104
Size: 5-1/4″ x 7-1/2″
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-615-4
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English

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AR Level: 4.3
F&P: GRL Q, Gr 4, Genre RF
Lexile: 560L
Themes: Baseball, Honesty, Sportsmanship
BISAC 1: JUV032010 JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Baseball & Softball
BISAC 2: JUV039220 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Values & Virtues
BISAC 3: JUV039140 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance


“[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


Volunteer State Book Awards (Master List, Grades 4-6) ―Tennessee Association of School Librarians, 2003-2004

Young Hoosier Book Award (Nominee, Grades 4-6) ―Association for Indiana Media Educators, 2002-2003

Best Bets for the Classroom (Transitional Novels) ―Virginia Center for the Book, 2000

Land of Enchantment Book Awards (Children’s Master List) ―New Mexico Library Association, New Mexico Council of IRA, 2002-2003

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Maud Hart Lovelace Award (Nominee, Grades 3-5) ―Minnesota Youth Reading Awards, 2003-2004

Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards (Nominee, Grades 3-6) ―Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, 2002-2003

Virginia Young Readers (Elementary Master List) ―Virginia State Reading Association, 2002-2003

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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.