Monday, November 12, 2018

King of the Bench: No Fear! by Steve Moore

This book is about a kid named Steve who loves sports. When he was little he played youth sports. The kind where everyone makes the team and gets to play.

But now he is in middle school where you either make the team or you fail and are humiliated for life. During tryouts, Steve witnesses one of the other kids get nailed in the face and carted off to the hospital. He makes the team by the skin of his teeth and thinks that everything is going to be fine and dandy. But when he goes up to the plate to bat and jumps and cowers away from the ball, he realizes what is wrong. He has developed Bean-O-Phobia,  the fear of getting hit by a baseball!  How will Steve overcome his fear?

Besides the funny story, I also liked all of Steve's crazy pets. There's Fido the Boa Constrictor, Frenchy the demented poodle, Cleo the duck that acts like a dog, and Zoner the fish that sleeps belly up. His friends were also very unique. There's his friend Joey, who is really small but can run real fast, and Carlos, Steve's big boned friend who thinks he is the best at sports.  I can't wait to read the other two books in this series.

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