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Martyn Godfrey.
Toronto, ON: James Lorimer, 1987.
160pp., paper, $4.95.
ISBN 1-55028-021-X. cloth, $14.95. ISBN 1-55028-023-6. CIP.

Subject Headings:
Sports stories.
Toronto Blue Jays (Baseball team).
Baseball-Juvenile fiction.

Grades 5 and up / Ages 10 and up

Reviewed by Floyd Spracklin.

Volume 16 Number 4
1988 July

Remember Here She Comes, Ms Teeny Wonderful ¹ and Plan B Is Total Panic ²? Well, here's another great book from Martyn Godfrey! Just imagine a young boy who's crazy about baseball and a girl who's equally crazy about that boy. Put the two together and you have the ingredients of a fast-moving story for young readers. Martyn Godfrey uses the eagerness and shyness of his main character, Brent Hutchins, to present both a mystery and challenge to his readers.

Brent wins a contest to become Special Batboy for the Toronto Blue Jays baseball organization for two weeks during spring training in Dunedin, Florida. Brent nearly panics when he cannot find the necessary chaperon for the trip. However, Cheryl's father agrees to go, to the delight of both Brent and Cheryl since she's included!

Brent begins to wonder if everything is as it's supposed to be when Blue Jay members play some crazy practical jokes on him. And then the trouble commences. Someone is stealing baseball gloves from the players' locker room and then selling them. Brent thinks he has the culprit "dead-to-rights" and then, together with Cheryl, becomes involved in a deep mystery that could spell trouble!

Floyd Spracklin, G.C. Rowe Junior High School, Corner Brook, NF.

¹ Reviewed vol. Xlll/4 July 1985, p. 163.
² Reviewed vol. XV/1 January 1987, p. 16.

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