Reviewed by Brett C. (age 12)
I liked the book a lot because I like baseball and I pitch, just not as fast as Michael Arroyo. My favorite part was when Michael got hit in the head by Justin's fastball. Then Michael threw a curve ball and makes Justin jump out of the way. Then the ball curves in and strikes him out. The character that changed the most was Manny's Uncle Timo who pretended to be their father. He usually acted all cool. Then, when he left that night and came back he looked exactly like their father, and Mr. Gibbs (a social service guy) believed the trick. So it worked and Mr. Gibbs wasn't' so suspicious. The book was unique because it sounded so real. Mike Lupica filled you in on the noises and the descriptions so you knew what was going on the whole time.
I recommend this book because it is exciting and I think that every kid will like it. Ages from ten and up could read this book. I think that if you like baseball you will like this book.