Perfect Game (Little League)
By Matt Christopher

Two weeks of intense competition remain to decide the final teams for the Little League® World Series. This year, the anticipation is high as it's possible that both of the previous final two teams will return, a very rare occurrence. And those are the teams Carter and Liam now play for! These two players, one from each team, are thinking the same thought: How can I play against my best friend?

This is the fourth book in a five-book series that follows Liam and Carter as they work their way to the Little League® World Series. The final book in the series will coincide with the Little League® 75th Anniversary in 2014.

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State Showdown (Little League)
By Matt Christopher

In the third book of this five book Little League Baseball ® series, pitcher Carter Jones and his Forest Park All-Star teammates move on to Sectionals competition. Catcher Liam McGrath, Carter's cousin, has to work together with a rival-turned-teammate.

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District Doubleheader (Little League)
By Matt Christopher

Little League Baseball® players Liam and Carter are still adjusting to changes since Liam's family moved across the country to California. Liam is faced with having to prove himself all over again to his new teammates. Carter, on the other hand, is having his best season ever. His pitches are unstoppable and it looks like his team might just sweep the competition. That is, until a new pitcher hits the scene.

This is the second book in a five-book series that follows Liam and Carter as they work their way to the Little League World Series. The final book in the series will coincide with the Little League 75th Anniversary in 2014.

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Play Ball! (Little League)
By Matt Christopher

Eleven-year-old cousins who are closer than most brothers, catcher Liam McCarthy and pitcher Carter Jones grew up playing baseball together. Their big dream—for now—is winning the greatest championship of all: the Little League Baseball® World Series. This first book in the series follows the two cousins as their dream of playing baseball side-by-side is shattered when Liam moves away and is forced to play for a rival team. They soon learn that their love of baseball could also tear them apart.

This is the first book in a five-book series that follows Liam and Carter as they work their way to the Little League World Series. The final book in the series will coincide with the Little League 75th Anniversary in 2014.

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Out at Second
By Matt Christopher

Should Manny keep his promise—even if it puts his friend in danger?

When the Grizzlies’ first basemen is sidelined two days before the playoffs, catcher Manny Griffin and second baseman Stu Fletcher take it upon themselves to help his replacement become a better player. The three practice together and all is going well—until a wild throw hits Stu right in the head! Manny gives his word to keep quiet, but a few days later, Stu starts acting funny. Now Manny faces a difficult decision: should he break his promise and let Stu and the team down… or keep silent and hope that he’s not putting Stu in danger?

Matt Christopher is the name young readers turn to when they’re looking for fast-paced, action packed sports novels.

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The Home Run Kid Races On

By Matt Christopher

Home run slugger Sylvester Coddmyer III has an amazing secret. For three seasons, he's been coached by men who look exactly like baseball legends: Babe Ruth, Eddie Cicotte, and Mickey Mantle. Are these men just impersonating famous ballplayers, as his friend Duane insists? Or are they from the "beyond," as Snooky Malone believes? The mystery deepens in this fourth title of the exciting Home Run Kid series when yet another character from baseball's past appears to coach Syl. But is Syl the only one getting pointers? And will Snooky ever get to the bottom of this mystery?

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Little Lefty

By Matt Christopher

Bill Bailey is the smallest member of the Blackhawks baseball team, but he can throw harder than anyone else on the team, including the regular pitcher. After hearing stories about "Little Lefty," a pint-sized pitcher who made the big leagues, Bill is determined to earn some playing time. But just when he's about to get his big break, he is sidelined by a freak accident. Will Bill finally get his chance to prove himself on the mound—or will his friend Larry persuade him to give up the game?

MATT CHRISTOPHER has written and published more than one hundred twenty novels, making him the most prolific and bestselling sportswriter for children and young adults ever. From books on football and baseball to soccer and skateboarding. His work has spanned three generations of readers, and new fans are joining the ranks every year.

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The Lucky Baseball Bat
by Matt Christopher

The first book ever published by Matt Christopher now in a special Anniversary Edition that is a faithful fascimile of the original book first published in 1954.

Will Marvin find his lucky bat—and his confidence—in time to help his team win the championship?

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The Kid Who Only Hit Homers
Matt Christopher

Who is the mysterious Mr. Baruth?

Sylvester loved baseball, but he wasn't what you'd call a good hitter. he had already decided against joining the Redbirds when he met George Baruth. "I'm going to help you become one of the best players ever," the mysterious man promised. Before long Sylvester was hitting home runs every time he was at bat. But along with his good luck came troubling questions....

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Return of the Home Run Kid
Matt Christopher

The exciting sequel to The Kid Who Only Hit Homers

Sylvester Coddmyer III is a different player this season than he was the year before. Then, he hit homer after homer. Now, he's lucky even to be in the starting lineup, let along get a chance at the plate. Then he meets a mysterious ex-ballplayer named Cheeko who offers him a few pointers. Suddenly, Sylvester is out of his slump...so why can't he shake the feeling that there's something fishy about Cheeko?

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Comeback of the Home Run Kid
Matt Christopher

Sylvester Coddmyer III, star of The Kid Who Only Hit Homers and Return of the Home Run Kid, is about to face his biggest challenge yet. His second season with the Hooper Redbirds is over and he's looking forward to the start of summer baseball. Then he sprains his right ankle in a freak accident. The sprain heals, but Syl soon discovers that his ankle hurts when he tries to bat. How will he hit homers-or even singles-when every swing means pain?

Syl is about to give up when a mysterious man wearing a New York Yankees hat appears and offers him a solution to his problem. Should Syl trust him, as he once trusted Mr. Baruth? Or will this stranger prove to be a cheat, like the man Syl knew as Cheeko?

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Stealing Home
by Matt Christopher

Joey Gallagher is on top of the world. When his team's pitcher is injured, he steps onto the mound and helps them win a crucial game. But his good mood ends abruptly when his mother announces that the exchange student they've been waiting for is due to arrive in a week. Joey is less than thrilled with the prospect of getting to know the newcomer-and when he learns that the boy's name is Jesus, he's sure the new kid will never fit in and that he'll be dragged down with him. But Jesus turns out to be much more than Joey expected...

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Matt Christopher Baseball Boxed Set
Matt Christopher

Four action-packed novels in one box set.

Return of the Homerun Kid, Baseball Pals, The Kid Who Only Hit Homers, and Miracle at the Plate

Little Leaguers will jump all over these classic diamond tales like a fastball right down the pipe -- this is one box set that's got "home run" written all over it.

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Baseball Flyhawk
Matt Christopher

What's the first baseman got against Chico?

Chico Romez is new to the Royals baseball team. All the players welcome him and his ability in the outfield—all the players except one, that is. String Becker, the first baseman and most popular member of the team, seems to have it in for Chico. He yells at Chico for committing foolish mistakes, snubs him on and off the field, and worst of all, makes fun of Chico's love of diving and swimming. What will it take for Chico to prove himself to String?

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Baseball Pals
Matt Christopher

Jimmie's selfish move could ruin the whole team....

When Jimmie is elected captain of his baseball team, his first decision is to appoint himself pitcher — much to his teammates' dismay. They already have a good pitcher, Paul. When Jimmie's pitches fail to find their mark, his teammates let it be known that they want Paul back on the mound. But even if Jimmie agrees, will Paul be willing to return?

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Baseball Turnaround
Matt Christopher

Can Sandy Move Beyond his Troubled Past?

Sandy Comstock once made a mistake -- a bad one -- but he's paid the price, and now he just wants to get on with his life. And with the help of two brothers, one a probation officer, the other a baseball coach, he seems on track to do just that. Only one person stands in his way: Perry Warden, the boy who tempted Sandy to break the law in the first place. Convinced that Perry is spreading rumors about him to his new baseball teammates, Sandy faces a tough decision: Should he run from the rumors or come out with the truth about his past?

Matt Christopher combines exciting sports action with a compelling story of a boy overcoming the stigma of a past mistake.

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Catcher with a Glass Arm
Matt Christopher

Will one pitch end Jody's baseball career?

Jody just can't bring himself to throw hard, so the ball usually falls short of its mark. Taunts of "catcher's got a glass arm" echo in his ears. Then injury is added to insult when he's beaned by a wild pitch—and suddenly he's having trouble hitting as well as throwing. What good is a ball player who's afraid of the ball?

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Challenge at Second Base
Matt Christopher

Stan Martin's chances of playing second base seem next to zero at the start of the season. His rival for the position, Gary Newman, looks tough to beat. Stan loves baseball — maybe even more than his brother, Phil, who played pro ball until quitting suddenly the year before — but after experiencing a few setbacks, Stan is tempted to quit too. Then Stan receives a mysterious note telling him to stick it out — and soon Stan finds himself face-to-face with the challenge at second base.

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The Diamond Champs
Matt Christopher

Who is the mysterious coach for the Steelheads?

Kim Rollins hasn't played much baseball, and he is surprised when Coach Stag insists that he join his team, a team the coach believes will win the championship. Kim is even more intrigued when he discovers everyone else on the team is new at the sport. Who is this Coach Stag? And why is he so set on winning the championship—with inexperienced players to boot? Tensions build as the season progresses and Kim tires to find the answers in this exciting sports story with an unexpected twist.

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Double Play at Short
Matt Christopher

Who is the Jaguars' mysterious shortstop?

Danny Walker is one of the best players his team has; in fact, his adoptive parents and sister consider him a shoo-in for the shortstop position on the All-Star team. But that was before Tammy Aiken, the opposition's new "hot dog" shortstop, showed up. Danny has a sinking feeling the new-comer is as good as he is -- a feeling her stats back up. And yet something besides her threatening to steal the All-Star spot from him is bothering him. The more he watches her, the more he becomes convinced that he's seen her -- or someone just like her -- play before. Why does Tammy seem so familiar?

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The Fox Steals Home
Matt Christopher

His parents' problems threaten Bobby "the Fox"'s baseball career...

Since his parents split up, the only bright spot in Bobby's days is being coached by his father in the fine art of running bases. In fact, he's getting so fast on the base paths that he earns a nickname from the fans: "the Fox." Then, just as things seem to be going better on the team and at home, Bobby's father makes an announcement that promises to tear Bobby's life apart again.

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Look Who's Playing First Base
Matt Christopher

Will Mike stand up to his teammates to defend his friend?

When the Checkmates need a new first baseman, Mike Hagin's new friend, Yuri, seems like a logical choice. But when Yuri starts flubbing plays and the team's star player threatens to quit as a result, Mike is not sure Yuri is such a good choice after all—for a teammate or for a friend. It appears as if Mike will have to choose between this friendship with Yuri and his loyalty to the team — or is there another solution?

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Miracle at the Plate
Matt Christopher

Will Tommy steal Skeeter's spot?

Nobody can beat Skeeter at batting. But when it comes to fielding, he's hopeless. His confidence isn't helped by Tommy Scott's determination to replace him on the team. Feelings between the two boys grow even worse when Skeeter accidentally injures Tommy's dog. Will Skeeter overcome his clumsiness, or will he lose his position on the team?

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No Arm in Left Field
Matt Christopher

Being the new kid is never easy...

Terry Delaney doesn't mind his family's move from Long Island to Forest Lake. But he figures being one of the few black kids in town may make fitting in more difficult. Terry is pleasantly surprised when he finds a friend in Mick Jordan and tries out successfully for the local baseball team. It looks as though things won't be so bad...until he meets Tony Casterline, the team's shortstop, who constantly points out the fact that Terry's weak throwing arm ruins the team's efforts. The conflict between the two boys boils until it seems something must give — or explode.

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Line Drive to Short (previously published as PRESSURE PLAY)
Matt Christopher

Tension builds at shortstop...

Travis Bonelli is so wrapped up in his horror video contest that his performance at shortstop is going downhill. When people tell him he'd better start shaping up, Travis wonders if baseball is all anyone cares about. Then he receives a series of anonymous warnings to improve his playing...or else. suddenly Travis is in the midst of a suspenseful mystery involving baseball, close friends, and his favorite horror flicks.

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Prime Time Pitcher
Matt Christopher

For a read as exciting as a fastball, take a swing at...Prime Time Pitcher

Pitcher Koby Caplin is the best thing to happen to the Monticello Cardinals in years. With his impossible-to-hit fastball, he starts his team off to a fantastic season -- so fantastic, in fact, that the local television station decides to do a documentary on him. But is Koby ready for prime time? His friends and family wonder...

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The Reluctant Pitcher
Matt Christopher

Wally Morris is a good right fielder, but Coach Hunter is trying to make him into a pitcher. Wally is a lefty and has a strong arm and good aim. What he doesn't have is the desire to play the position. But how can he refuse? Coach Hunter once saved his life and Wally feels he owes him. The he meets Cab Lacy, a former ballplayer whose life story bears some resemblances to his own. Will Cab help Wally see tht being true to oneself is sometimes more important than fulfilling another's dreams.

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Shortstop from Tokyo
Matt Christopher

Will Stogie's resentment ruin the team?

Stogie Crane wants to play shortstop for the Mohawks, but a new boy from Japan is assigned to the position. Stogie tries not to become resentful of SAM Suzuki, but he can't help it. When Sam's glove is found ruined in Stogie's yard, it looks as though they will never be friends. Will Stogie be able to explain what happened so that Sam will trust him as a teammate should?

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The Submarine Pitch
Matt Christopher

Bernie's striking 'em out with his secret weapon!

Bernie Shantz is thinking of hanging up his pitcher's glove for good, but his best friend, Dave, won't hear of it. Dave convinces him that all he needs is a secret weapon—an underhand throw known as the submarine pitch. Bernie agrees to give the pitch a try since Dave is so keen on the idea, and since Dave can no longer play baseball himself, for some mysterious reason. Bernie is excited when the pitch baffles one batter after another, but when Dave Doesn't show up for a game one day, his excitement turns to concern....

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Too Hot To Handle
Matt Christopher

Coming from a family of great baseball players isn't easy...

Baseball runs in David Kroft's family. His father was a good player in his day, his uncles play on professional teams, and David's older brother, Don, is the best shortstop in the history of Penwood High School. David loves baseball as much as the rest of his family, but he isn't quite as fast on his feet, and he thinks he makes too many errors. When Don hurts his leg in an accident and has to sit out the rest of the season, the pressure is on David to play better than ever. Will he be able to live up to the Kroft name?

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The Year Mom Won the Pennant
Matt Christopher

The Thunderballs' new coach has a few tricks up her sleeve!

When Nick's mother takes on the job of coaching the Thunderballs, Nick is mortified. Being teased by his baseball team's archrivals, the Tornadoes, makes it worse. But when Mom leads the Thunderballs to one victory after another in a race toward the pennant, Nick changes his tune — and the Tornadoes start singing the blues! This fast-paced baseball story has plenty of humor and action and will appeal to all young sports fans.

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Windmill Windup
Matt Christopher

Kelly Conroy is stoked for the upcoming softball season. Last year her team almost won the championship. She can't wait to rejoin her teammates and conquer the competition. Then the bomb is dropped—she's been assigned to another team! Further complicating her life, her mon is spending all her free time with some guy Kelly can't stand. And on the field, Kelly finds herself facing a new windmill pitch she can't connect with. Suddenly, the best season of Kelly's life is turning into a nightmare.

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