Darcy Spillman wonders why they call kissing a girl "getting to first base." He knows everything about baseball and he thinks he likes Danalda Chase, a pretty girl in his class, but he knows nothing about dating. This has got to change. With help from his baseball-statistics-obsessed best friends; the new girl, Kamna; and former minor-leaguer Grandpa Spillman, Darcy looks for the connection between his favorite sport and his new love interest. With a kiss from Danalda Chase as the goal, he steps up to bat and swings for the fences.
This sweet and funny story is perfect for every romantically challenged preteen boy.
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Matt Beam lives in Toronto, Ontario. This is his first book to be published in the United States.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5–8—When Darcy sees Danalda playing baseball with her friends, he notes that she has a great swing and decides she's his "newest Most Valuable Player." Darcy and his baseball buddies have entered middle school, and several factors seem to be pulling them apart. One of his friends wants to be part of the popular crowd, while another boy would rather stay home playing video games. Darcy feels angry and betrayed when his parents, stressed over Grandpa Stillman's erratic behavior, decide to move the man to a care facility. Competition for the baseball team is intense: Darcy tries out, though his chances don't look good. He decides to pursue Danalda's affections, aided by an interesting new student who offers to teach him about girls if he will teach her about baseball. Darcy is a believable character: sports-minded, immature yet likable, and a bit clueless. Readers will recognize who his real romantic interest is long before he does. The story is all just a bit too predictable. Guide readers looking for a light mix of sports and first romance to Janette Rallison's Playing the Field (Walker, 2002) for its humor and sympathetic slice of life.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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Book Description HarperTrophy, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0006395295