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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Fifth grader Mickey Vernon has a dream—to be the winner of the nine-ball tournament for the 1013 set, held right in his own family's pool hall. Mickey's a pretty good pool shark, but he has to beat ... Read full review