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"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."