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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (76 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Loren Long, Phil Bildner Narrator: Josh Hamilton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: Barnstormers: Tales of the Travelin’ Nine Release Date: February 2007 ISBN: 9780743561129
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Let the games begin! #1 New York Times bestseller Loren Long and Texas Bluebonnet Award winner Phil Bildner create an action-packed parable wherein three siblings embark on an adventure of a lifetime and discover the strength in family, the power of faith, and the true magic of baseball.

The year is 1899, and the Travelin’ Nine are criss-crossing the good ol’ US of A, raising money to pay off the Payne family’s big-league debt!

Griffith knows the most about his family’s troubles. So it’s his job to set things right, because that’s what his father would have done.

Ruby has noticed a change in her big brother. Suddenly he’s acting anxious and secretive, and she’s determined to find out why.

Graham just wants to hit the field. Deep down inside, he knows that everything would be fine if his brother and sister would let him step up to the plate and swing for the fences.

And then there’s the baseball that, when held simultaneously by Griffith, Ruby, and Graham, triggers the miraculous.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The authors nimbly step up to the plate in this debut volume…throws out appealing old-time baseball vernacular (defined in the margins) and intriguing period particulars.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Old-timey baseball lore and phrases fill the margins…atmospheric.” 

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kona | 5/26/2013

    " This book was more like a first chapter. Unless a kid was only interested in reading baseball books, I can't imagine that they would be motivated enough to pursue this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrs. Jones | 10/2/2012

    " I like this book because it's a lot of genres at once: sports, historical fiction, mystery, and fantasy. It has something for everybody "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Almando | 8/17/2012

    " I liked this book because it was for like little kids playing. It was like back in the days look. And i never really saw how it looked to thats why i liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garrett | 7/23/2012

    " "Never give up and always reach for your goals" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ratforcekids | 5/11/2012

    " This is an old-time baseball story with mystery and fantasy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 5/11/2011

    " This is one Ezra read and liked. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Peter | 2/16/2011

    " Children's book about baseball. This begins a series and doesn't conclude. It is continued in the next volume. It didn't hold my interest at all. It is a combination of baseball, children, and twilight zone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garrett | 3/10/2010

    " "Never give up and always reach for your goals" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 1/29/2010

    " Interesting premise.
    The setting has a lot of potential.
    Not a great start to a series.
    I'm going to have to read the second book before I can really pass judgment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Almando | 1/28/2010

    " I liked this book because it was for like little kids playing. It was like back in the days look. And i never really saw how it looked to thats why i liked it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kona | 8/25/2009

    " This book was more like a first chapter. Unless a kid was only interested in reading baseball books, I can't imagine that they would be motivated enough to pursue this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrs. Jones | 4/18/2009

    " I like this book because it's a lot of genres at once: sports, historical fiction, mystery, and fantasy. It has something for everybody "

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About the Author

Loren Long illustrated President Barack Obama’s Of Thee I Sing; the newest version of The Little Engine that Could; Madonna’s second picture book, Mr. Peabody’s Apples; and the Barnstormers series. He also illustrated Frank McCourt’s Angela and the Baby Jesus and is part of the Design Garage for Jon Scieszka’s Trucktown series. Loren’s work has appeared in Time, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and Atlantic Monthly. He approaches both writing and illustrating with enthusiasm, only choosing projects to which he feels a powerful connection. He lives with his wife and two sons in Westchester, Ohio.

About the Narrator

Josh Hamilton was born in New York City, New York. His Broadway credits include Proof, The Cider House Rules, and The Coast of Utopia, and his films include Kicking and Screaming, The House of Yes, Alive, Online, and Outsourced. Josh has narrated several audiobooks, including Lando by Louis L’Amour and Stoner & Spaz by Ron Koertge. He and his wife Lily have one child.