Kathryn Gibbs Davis
Walter's Lucky Socks
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Walter's Lucky Socks
  Never Sink Nine series #1
written by Gibbs Davis
Yearling, 1991
ages 7 to 10, ISBN 978-0553158656

Eight-year-old Walter Dodd gets a gang of misfits to form their own baseball team with his grandfather as coach and the local plumbers as sponsors.

  Each book features a different team member (boy or girl), and a game. Teammates on and off-the-field, the Never Sink Nine deal with school, family life, and sportsmanship.  
Reviewers love the Never Sink Nine series!
  “In the Never Sink Nine series starter, eight-year-old Walter is too young to join his brother's baseball team. With the encouragement of Grandpa Walt, a former minor-leaguer, the boy decides to set up his own team. Walter and his best friend Mike solicit a cast of lively characters: ace pitcher Melissa, her friend Katie, Melissa's younger sister Jenny, allergic Felix, stocky Otis, ballet dancer Christy, slugger Billy and Tony, an honorary member who has a broken leg. Tony's father, owner of the Never Sink Plumbers, agrees to be their sponsor, and Grandpa Walt offers to coach the team. Finally, the Never Sink Nine is complete. When the team wins their first practice game, Walter thanks his lucky socks; but as Grandpa says, 'Opening-day game is the real test.' This quick-paced, humorous story will easily capture the interest of baseball fans and beginning readers. Ulrich's snappy drawings highlight the action in this energetic new series.”  
  “Combining game action with off-the-field school politics and sibling rivalries, Davis creates an engaging series to satisfy the tastes of young independent readers.”  
  “The reading and subject matter are just right for beginning readers, though the short chapters and lively action work well for read-aloud, too.”  
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