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 Dugout : the zombie steals home (Dugout)
 Author: Morse, Scott

 Publisher:  Scholastic (2019)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 253 p., col. ill., 23 cm

 BTSB No: 660412 ISBN: 9781338188103
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Zombies -- Fiction
 Baseball -- Fiction
 Twins -- Fiction
 Graphic novels
 Humorous fiction
 Fantasy fiction

Price: $26.48

Twins Stacy and Gina Cavallaro are on rival little league teams, and when Gina accidentally unleashes a curse that wakes the dead, Stacy's misfit team gets coached by a baseball-playing zombie! In graphic novel format.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 2.40
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 503709
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 2.20
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 77072

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 05/01/2019 Gr 4–7—Gina and Stacy, twin sisters being raised by their grandmother, can't get along. To make matters worse, they play on rival baseball teams. While Gina's team is on a winning streak, Stacy's team can't catch a break, let alone a fly ball. Her fellow Rooks are convinced the team is cursed; after all, everyone knows her grandmother is a witch. It's clear that Gina and Stacy care about each other, but they have trouble showing it. A fight between the two of them leads Gina to accidentally curse Stacy's baseball mitt, which culminates in the raising of an undead baseball player. Surprisingly, the zombie might just be the ticket to help the Rooks improve their game. Morse's artwork is highly dynamic. There's movement in nearly every frame, which can make it hard to distinguish the other players on Stacy's team. The other Rooks are all along for the ride and offer playground humor and problem-solving in equal measure. The story lags a bit in the middle, but sports fans will be so wrapped up in the baseball plot that they'll hardly notice. The zombie plot line is barely scary, making this an approachable read even for those who shy away from horror. VERDICT This madcap tale of strikeouts and sibling rivalry will do well in most young graphic novel collections.—Gretchen Hardin, Sterling Municipal Library, Baytown, TX - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 06/01/2019 Twins Gina and Stacy love baseball and often play against each other on opposite teams. Gina is great at it, but Stacy . . . not so much. And, the rivalry doesn’t end on the field. At home with their grandmother they are constantly messing with each other. Another thing these twinsies are dealing with? They come from a long line of witches, and once they turn 16, their grandmother will teach them everything she knows about witchcraft. One day, Gina decides to play a trick on Stacy by sprinkling corpse breath on Stacy’s baseball mitt, and when the mitt hits the ground, lo and behold, a zombie arises! These twins have to learn to work together if they are going to be great sisters and witches; plus, they need to get rid of that zombie! The colorful, intricately drawn artwork is bolstered by the bold, dynamic lettering, which exudes spunky attitude. The panels and speech balloons are easy to follow, and the message—that working together is best—is a good one. A fun pick for baseball and zombie fans alike. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

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