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Puffin Books, 2002 - Juvenile Fiction - 182 pages
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Mickey's family owns the neighborhood pool hall, and he's been playing since before he could talk. Now that he's in fifth grade, he's determined to win the Junior Nine-Ball Championship and cream obnoxious Buck Pender. Problem is, Mickey's ten and Buck's thirteen-and could eat him for a snack. Even with his friend Arlen's help, Mickey doesn't stand a chance. Then Joe Alvarez shows up at the pool hall. He's a fantastic player, and decides to sign on as Mickey's pool coach. But it all depends on one person: Mickey. Can he beat the odds?

"Good characters, humor, and an engaging plot make this a solid piece of middle-grade fiction." (Booklist)

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This book was good, I wouldn't say it was Joan's best. Read full review

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Joan Bauer writes excellent, light-hearted children's books (and YA), on serious themes, but that always leave the reader uplifted and hopeful about the world. This one centers around a rising pool champion and connects pool strategy up with mathematics, which was awesome. Read full review


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Joan Bauer is the criticallyacclaimed author of numerous young adult novels, including "Best Foot Forward," "Rules of the Road" (recipient of the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize) and Newbery Honor-winner Hope Was Here. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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