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Softball Surprise

Softball Surprise

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Softball Surprise

3/5 (1 rating)
55 pages
52 minutes
Feb 1, 2014


Jo can't wait for the summer softball league to start. She knows this will be the year she's on a winning team. But when she finds out some surprising information, Jo has to decide between the team that wins and the team she's come to love.
Feb 1, 2014

About the author

Who is Jake Maddox? Athlete, author, world-traveler – or all three? He has surfed in Hawaii, scuba-dived in Australia, and climbed the mountains of Peru and Alaska. His books range from the most popular team sports to outdoor activities to survival adventures and even to auto racing. His exploits have inspired numerous writers to walk in his footsteps – literally! Each of his stories is stamped with teamwork, fair play, and a strong sense of self-worth and discipline. Always a team-player, Maddox realizes it takes more than one man (or woman) to create a book good enough for a young reader. He hopes the lessons learned on the court, field, or arena and the champion sprinter pace of his books can motivate kids to become better athletes and lifelong readers.

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Chapter 1


Henry! Jo Adler exclaimed. What are you doing? Draw on the paper, not on the baby!

Henry looked up from where he was drawing on his baby sister’s face and giggled. Jo sighed and picked up two-year-old Olivia, who now had green eyebrows drawn above her regular ones. She carried the toddler into the bathroom to wash off the marker.

School had only been out for a week, and Jo was already bored. Babysitting her neighbor’s kids was a good way to make some money, but she was ready to do something fun. Something that didn’t involve changing diapers.

As she washed Olivia’s face, Jo’s mind drifted to softball. The summer league started next week, and team assignments would be posted that afternoon.

Last year, Jo had been the center fielder for the Green Hornets. She’d had fun, but the team’s name had sounded a lot fiercer than their playing. They’d lost more games than they’d won.

This year, she was hoping to get a spot on the Red Angels. They were the best team in the league every year. They hadn’t lost a single game in the past two seasons.

Jo smiled to herself. She couldn’t wait to know what it felt like to be on a winning team!

Olivia giggled and squirmed. Most of the marker had come off, so Jo put her down and let her run back into the living room to play with her brother.

Jo tossed the washcloth in the laundry basket and followed after her. Hey, guys, she said, want to go outside and play softball?

Yeah! Henry shouted, jumping up from his coloring.

Ball! Olivia shouted.

Jo knew they were too little to really play softball, but at least running around outside would be more fun than sitting inside and dreaming about it.

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When she

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  • (3/5)
    I've only read a chapter from this book and its awesome !!!!! one reason I love this book is because I love softball!!! and if you love softball you will want to read it too!!!!!!!!