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Home Team

Get to know Walton’s star athletes in the action-packed Home Team series from sports-writing legend Mike Lupica. Best friends Jack, Teddy, Gus and Cassie may be star athletes on the field, but they’re still trying to figure out who they are off it. Despite their love of different sports, they must find in themselves the same courage and passion to become not only the best players they can be, but the best people, too.

Home Team

Books in this series

by Mike Lupica - Children's, Fiction, Sports, Youth Fiction

Jack Callahan is the star of his baseball team and sixth grade is supposed to be his year. That is, until he up and quits. Jack’s best friend can’t understand how he could leave a game that means so much. But Jack’s brother has passed away, and though everyone thinks baseball is just the thing he needs to move on, Jack feels it’s anything but. In comes Cassie Bennett, star softball player, and the only person who seems to think Jack shouldn’t play if he doesn’t want to. As Jack and Cassie’s friendship deepens, their circle expands to include Teddy, a guy who’s been picked on because of his weight.

by Mike Lupica - Children's 8-12, Friendship, Sports
Last spring Teddy’s life changed for the better. He started working out, shaping up and even earned a spot on the Walton baseball team, and with the team he went all the way to the Little League World Series. But the best things to come out of that season were his friendships with Jack, Cassie and Gus, and the confidence to finally try out for the sport he really loves --- football. So when eighth grade begins, Teddy couldn’t be more psyched.
 
Until his mom drops a bomb: his father --- who left them a long time ago --- is back in Walton and back in their lives. And Teddy isn’t happy about it. As a former star football player at the school, Teddy’s dad is thrilled to find out his son is going out for the team, but Teddy begins to wonder if his father only cares about him now because he’s putting on the helmet. Can Teddy find a way to go the extra yard for the team and for himself, or is the distance between him and his father too much to overcome? 
by Mike Lupica - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Sports

Everyone assumes that Gus, whose family is from the Dominican Republic, is a baseball guy. But this year Gus is even more excited about basketball than any other sport he’s ever played. He’s been practicing some new moves and lately he’s more surprised when he misses his shot than when he scores. Plus now that he’s convinced his friend Teddy to try out for the team and Jack’s shoulder is healed, it looks like Walton’s home team will be unstoppable. But this isn’t going to be the season Gus expected, because their team is getting a new player.

by Mike Lupica - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Sports
Cassie Bennett is great at being in charge. So when Sarah Milligan, an autistic girl with unreal softball skills, joins Cassie’s team, Cassie’s sure she can help her fit in with the team. But before long it’s obvious that being around so many people is really hard for Sarah, and the more Cassie tries to reach out and involve her, the more Sarah pushes her away. Cassie Bennett never backs down from a challenge, but can she realize that maybe the challenge isn’t fixing a problem in someone else, but in herself? Or will her stubbornness lead her to lose more than just softball games?