Bluestem Book of the Week!

2018 Bluestem Nominees!
Have you read any of the 2018 Bluestem Books?
20 books are nominated every year for the Bluestem Award, and they are displayed in the Youth Services Department.
Take a look at our staff review for this week’s featured book!

Title: Soar
Author: Marion Dane Bauer
Lexile Level: 510L
Pages: 304

Sixth-grader Jeremiah has had to stop playing baseball because he’s had a heart transplant. But he thinks he’s found the next best thing when his adoptive single father is offered a temporary consulting job in the baseball-obsessed town of Hillcrest, Ohio. Jeremiah plans to settle in for a season of cheering the town’s high school team, the six-time state champion Hillcrest Hornets.

Jeremiah gets a new medical team in Ohio to continue to monitor his heart, and begins his season of super-fandom. But when the high school team is rocked by a doping scandal and is suspended, the town turns against baseball. Jeremiah decides to revive the middle school team, decimated since its coach was fired for driving his players too hard. Jeremiah sets out to recruit additional players, coach the team himself, and restore his school’s – and the town’s – faith in baseball.

Jeremiah is an appealing character, bright, confident, and funny, facing the challenges of making friends in a new town, building a cohesive team, and coping with his own uncertain medical condition with equal parts determination, imagination and pluck.

Reviewed By: Mary Donovan


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Created by Jen Trotta on Aug 10th, 2017 @ 10:14 AM.
Updated on Nov 13th, 2017 @ 4:47 PM.