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Read + Review: The Prodigy by John Feinstein


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The book “The Prodigy” is about a boy named Frank. He starts off his golf career with a boom! He won the PGA’s tournament, but ever since he won the tournament he has been called the Perrington Prodigy, the next Tiger Woods. Agents have been lining up at his door and have caught his father’s ear, pressuring Frank to go pro and sign deals with big-name companies. Frank has other plans – including attending college. What will he do?

There is no one Frank can confide in until he meets one of his coach’s old teammates, Keith Forman, a renowned golf reporter. Keith Forman helps Frank in his career and guides him in what competition to participate in and what interview he should do. This might be a problem after college starts! Will Frank be able to face the pressure of being a teenage prodigy? And more importantly, on his road to fame, who can he trust and who will betray him?

I like the connectivity of the book. With any struggle or success pop up, the flow would not stop. The characters were designed with a great personality. Frank and Keith were the best fit for this book. This book demonstrates the value of never giving up. Keith promoted Frank’s inner spirit, with any ups or downs they would be together and would be happy.


Reviewed by Savir M., Twin Hickory Library

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Read + Review: Out of Left Field by Kris Hui Lee


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This book is about baseball and friendship. Cody plays baseball and Marnie plays softball plus they are best friends. The two of them play pick up baseball in the neighborhood with friends who are also Cody’s high school teammates. When Cody gets hurt, the high school baseball team needs to find the best player to replace him. The next best pitcher is Marnie but the team isn’t sure that they can win with a girl on the team even though Marnie has proven that she is just as good as the boys when they play pick up. Can Marnie take them to the championship with Cody in the dugout?

I really enjoyed this book and think it was written well. While the story line may be predictable, things didn’t happen in the exact order you would expect. The author used colorful and descriptive language throughout which made me want to keep turning the pages. I would recommend reading this book if you are a sports fan and especially if you are a girl who loves to play with the boys.

One memorable thing about the book is that Marnie realized that not only does she love baseball but she loves Cody. Cody had been in love with Marnie since they started high school. Even the baseball team knew before Marnie figured it out.


Reviewed by Samantha H., Glen Allen Library