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Choosing Up Sides
- "No ordinary baseball book, this is a rare first novel."
—Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
- "A dramatic and inspirational story."
—The Los Angeles Times
- "Beginning with one of the best opening paragraphs in recent memory... With its wide appeal, this first-person story is a recommended purchase for all public and school libraries."
—Dr. Stefani Koorey, VOYA
- "...the pure joy of baseball and...its redemptive power."
—Elizabeth Bush, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
- "Like the best...sports novels of Robert Lipsyte, Chris Crutcher, or Walter Dean Myers, this novel goes well beyond the issues involved in a game... Authentic...suspenseful...excellent..."
—Dr. Marjorie M. Kaiser, The ALAN Review
- Winner of the 1999 International Reading Association's "Children's Book Award."
- Named an American Library Association "Best Book for Young Adults."
- Named a 1999 "Blue Ribbon Book" by The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.
- Named an International Reading Association "Young Adult Readers Choice" for 2000.
- Named to the Children's Book Council's "Adult Crossover" list.