"Great players always want to go up against the best," his dad would say, "even if they don't win. A real rivalry is when teams or players go back and forth between who wins and loses so when they play each other, both are at their very best."- BooksForKidsBlog. This quote is from my favorite book of all time, "Rivals", by Tim Green. This book is about a 13 year old boy named Josh and his love for baseball. He also shares his adventures with his two best friends, Benji and Jaden. In this version of his adventures, Josh travels to Cooperstown with his two friends, and is hoping to lead his team to the championship as the star player. Although Josh intends on enjoying the trip, he is almost seriously injured by another one of the stars at the tournament, LA Comets player Mickey Mullen Jr. The tournament means a lot not only to Josh, but also to his future, as scouts may be looking at him if his team can come out on top. The tournament is also very important to his father, the coach of the team. Will Josh be triumphant in the tournament? Read the book to find out.
I read this book going into my first year at Fenn, from fourth to fifth grade. I love this book given that it takes heavy drama and suspense off the field, and mixes that with some great baseball action. I also love the interaction of the characters in this book. Tim Green does a very good job of dramatizing emotions within the characters, and I can visualize every conversation well. On that point, I find this book a very easy one to visualize, and when I read this book, it is like a movie is playing in my head. Another great relationship in this book is the relationship between Josh and his father. This relationship is a very strong one, where Josh and his father are nice with each other and his father tries to do everything in his power to have Josh's team win the tournament and be successful, but he does not unnecessarily favor him. This reminds me of my relationship with my coaches and how they want to make me a better play and learn from my experiences.
When I read this book, it was one of those novels where I actually wanted to sit on the couch and read. There are few books where I do this, but this is one of them. The reason to this has to do with the suspense in the book. Almost always the chapter ends in a cliffhanger and always tempts you to read more! Overall, this book not only entertained me through the end, but also taught me life lessons and helped me make personal connections on things I have never really thought of before, including friends, family, and the experience of learning.
Sources: (I read the book in the summer going into 5th grade so forgot a lot about the specifics):