Lucky At Bat


Product Details

Koehler Books
Publish Date
6.0 X 9.0 X 0.34 inches | 0.49 pounds

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About the Author

Alisse Lee Goldenberg is an award winning author of Children's Lit, Horror, Young Adult Paranormal Romance, and Young Adult Fantasy fiction. She is currently working on four series: The Sitnalta Series, The Children of Colonodona, The Dybbuk Scrolls, and The Bath Salts Journals (co-authored with An Tran). She has also written the award winning Middle Grade novel Lucky At Bat with her son Joseph. She has her Bachelors of Education and a Fine Arts degree, and has studied fantasy and folk lore since she was a child. Alisse is also a screenwriter and playwright, creating the world of Jay & Shilo. She is currently living in Toronto with her husband Brian, their triplets Joseph, Phillip, and Hailey, and a full menagerie of animals, including a dog, gerbil, two rescue rats, and a grumpy hedgehog named Sonic.
Joseph Goldenberg is an enthusiastic eleven-year-old with a fascination with rats, baseball, and basketball (the order is likely to change on any given day). This is his first book, and he is excited to share it with the world! He dreams of being an MLB player, and having a house filled with pets.


"The Goldenbergs create a strong hero in Jack, who navigates the trials of bullying and animal cruelty. These two themes frame an endearing tale of one boy's love of baseball, and one rat's love of his boy and the game.Lucky at Bat provides hope by the dugout-full. It inspires kids to dream big and shows them how to win an argument without raising a fist. This is a feel-good story about a couple of rats and a team of kids who have a winning spirit that will win your heart."-Chanticleer Reviews

"A middle-grade novel focuses on a boy, his pet rat, and a shared love of baseball.

"[...] The Goldenbergs, a mother-and-son team, have concocted a sweet tale of friendship not only among three wiser-than-their-years kids, but also between Jack and his two pet rodents. There are some nice descriptions throughout the book-Jack "smelled of candy, French fries, and home," says Lucky in one captivating passage-and Cutler's simple illustrations at the beginning of each chapter help draw a picture of the clever rat and his antics. There are some moments when Jack and his friends seem more mature than 10-year-old kids would be. For instance, when Trevor and Dayna come to visit after Lucky is injured, they bring doughnuts. "We come bearing gifts," Dayna says, a rather grown-up phrase for someone her age. But that's a minor quibble. This is a largely delightful story about children and pets with a few life lessons thrown in for good measure.

"A cuddly, intelligent rodent becomes the hero of a sports tale that oozes charm."

-Kirkus Reviews