*Reading Olympics 2013-2014 title in Bucks, Montgomery, and Chester Counties, PA
*Virginia Young Readers Award 2002-2003 Nominee.
*Pennsylvania Young Readers 2002-2003 Nominee
*The Young Hoosier Award (Indiana) 2002-2003 Nominee
* The Land of Enchantment Award (New Mexico) 2002-2003 Nominee.
*Volunteer State Award (Tennessee) 2003-2004 Nominee.
*Virginia Center for Children's Books' Best Books of the Classroom
Kyle, a good kid, makes a bad decision to cheat in a big game. He fakes a catch to clinch the win against a long-time archrival. His teammates go wild with victory. But suddenly Kyle doesn't feel so good. His conscience is bugging him. And he feels like he's keeping a secret from his teammates, especially Claire. Kyle and Claire are good friends and her praise makes him very uncomfortable. But Kyle doesn't want to come clean and embarrass himself or let down his teammates and his family.
Meanwhile a subplot has been building. Another kid actually saw the fake catch and is threatening to report Kyle to the Youth Baseball Commission. He says that he will keep Kyle's secret on one condition: that Kyle's team doesn't win the championship! Kyle feels trapped. He desperately wants his team to win the trophy, but if he plays hard and they win, the other kid will blab and Kyle's secret will be out—everyone will know he cheated. He wishes he could put his life on rewind—he wouldn't fake that catch again. But there's no rewind button in life, so what can he do now?
Sharing Winners Take All
With Your Class or the Whole Grade
For girls and boys in 3rd through 6th grade, (and their parents, teachers, and coaches too).
Why is this a good book to share?
Winners Take All is a suspenseful, fun-to-read baseball story about a good kid who makes a bad decision to cheat in a big game. The story raises some tricky kid-sized moral dilemmas that always trigger a lively debate. When kids consider the story and each other's views, they sort out their own thoughts and values. You can ask parents to read the book too. When you invite them to an evening book discussion, you provide families a unique and enjoyable opportunity to slow down and talk together in important ways.
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