Michael âFujiâ Powers is the last of the Powers brothers to have a chance to play for the Withamsville-Tobasco Cardinals C Ball team. He's always dreamed of playing his championship game at Great American Ball Park and hitting a home run there.
But before he has the chance to hit a historic home run, he has some obstacles to overcome. First he has to make the team. And once he does, he has to deal with being teased as one of the two rookies. Fitting in isn't as easy as he thinks, and he needs to learn how to stand up for himself to prove his worth to one of the team's best players.
Fuji is growing up quickly, and he's suddenly aware of the feelings he has for Cathy, who has always been a tomboy he's played baseball with. Cathy shows interest in someone else, and Fuji realizes he wants her to be something more than a friend.
Mr. Powers always instilled a strong desire in his sons to succeed, but sometimes Fuji feels pressure to be perfect for his difficult-to-please father. But Fuji learns a lot about his father's life during the course of this book, which ultimately brings the two closer together.
Fuji is a typical twelve-year old boy, playing baseball, getting into mischief with his friends, learning about family values and experiencing his first crush on a girl. He's a likable boy that kids will relate to, and will want to see succeed. And his crowning moment of glory will leave the reader feeling proud to have spent time with him.
Reviewed by Alice Berger, Bergers Book Reviews