Recently I have recently finished the book Rivals. Rivals is a 264 page realistic fiction book written by Tim Green. Tim is known by the students and teachers because he visited our school while all of us 8th graders were in 5th grade. He has won many awards for several of his books. A few awards he has are the Parents’ Choice Foundation and the junior library guild. I chose to read this book because I love reading about baseball and since I’m a baseball player. I fell in love with this book. I never wanted to put this book down.
Josh wants to win the baseball championship for his town, but he gets caught in a rivalry with his towns rival teams star player. Benji wants to help out Josh, but he is really dumb and clumsy so he still helps Josh even though he over thinks almost everything that comes his way. Mickey wants to win and rub it in Josh’s face, but Josh exposed Mickey’s dad paying off the umpires so Mickey has to win the old fashioned way.
I liked the way the author, made this book feel like it is in the mind of Josh. From sneaking into Myron’s house, catching Mickey’s dad giving the umpires the money to pay them all off during the games they have all played. This makes the book way better because it is almost like you are a kid and going to all sorts of places like downtown new york city.
I was surprised, when I found out that Micky and his dad were paying off all the umpires during the games so that they would win the tournament. Cheating is never the answer to a problem. When Mickey gets busted for paying off the umpires Mickey and his team had to win the old fashioned way.
In some ways, this book reminded me of, my summer baseball tournament except, there weren’t coaches paying off the umpires in my league. The book was like a baseball tournament because it was full of surprises and you can never tell what was going to happen.
Finally I was interested in this in this passage after the Tallahassee coach starts to fight the paid off umpire after a really bad call. Tim Green writes this: “Holy moly,” Josh said.
“It’s like a Syracuse Express football practice,” Benji said, gawking. “Those guys are always going at it, only the coaches just let ‘em fight ‘cause they say they don’t get paid enough to get a black eye.”
“But did you see that call?” Josh said. “It was the worst call I’ve ever seen.” …(p.123-124)””
What I love about this passage is that Tim Green tries to say that there is something wrong happening whenever Mickey’s team is playing another team and this sets the tone for the story. That whenever Mickey is playing and Josh sees the same umpire call every game, everyone starts to think there is something wrong. I give this book a 7/10.