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Lucky Enough

Fred Bowen

Like many athletes, Trey is superstitious. How could he not be when he just made the Ravens travel team, thanks to his lucky charm--a piece of rare sea glass he found on his grandmother's beach?

This stroke of good fortune reinforces his superstitious behavior, and the rituals become more and more important to him. In spite of some teasing and even some sarcasm from his teammates, Trey persists―he never steps on the foul line, he obsessively taps the corners of home plate when he's at bat, he always chooses the same lucky bat. Why stop? After all, his tactics are working; he's doing quite well on the field and in the batter's box.

Then one day he can't find his lucky sea glass. He searches everywhere, but it's no use. Trey's performance begins to slip, and he's convinced that his future with the Ravens is doomed. Things don't start to improve for Trey until his uncle reminds him of his grandmother's favorite saying: "The harder you work, the luckier you get." Can Trey take those words to heart and find his swing again...even without his lucky charm?

This book explores the age-old conflict between luck and hard work. In the afterword, readers can learn more about famous players with their own lucky charms and superstitions.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers
  • Publish Date: Mar 6th, 2018
  • Pages: 144
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 7.40in - 5.20in - 0.60in - 0.35lb
  • EAN: 9781561459582
  • Recommended age: 07-11
  • Categories: Sports & Recreation - Baseball & SoftballSocial Themes - Self-Esteem & Self-ReliancePeople & Places - United States

About the Author

Fred Bowen was a Little Leaguer who loved to read and is still a lifelong sports fanatic. He is the author of the action-packed Fred Bowen Sports Story series, currently totaling more than twenty titles. For thirteen years, Bowen coached kids' baseball and basketball teams. He has also written a weekly sports column for kids in the Washington Post since 2000. He was a lawyer for many years before retiring to become a full-time children's book author.Bowen lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife Peggy Jackson. They have two grown children.

Praise for this book

"Bowen employs nearly every bit of applicable baseball lingo, with detailed descriptions of practicing and playing the games. . . In a nice touch, there are fun facts about some famous major league players who had lucky rituals, hats, bats, and more. . . . A good read for youngsters who know and love the game." --Kirkus Reviews

"A former kids' baseball coach and the writer of a Washington Post sports column for young readers, Bowen adds an entertaining note on baseball superstitions. . . . The straightforward story will appeal to young players as well as older ones intimidated by longer novels." --Booklist

"This quick and to-the-point story is a solid choice for upper elementary readers as well as middle school collections looking to boost their hi-lo offerings." --School Library Journal