Much Ado About Baseball

Little Bee. Jun. 2021. 336p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781499811018.
Gr 5-7–Magic is afoot once again in Comity, MA, in this stand-alone companion novel to LaRocca’s Midsummer’s Mayhem. After moving to Comity, 12-year-old Trish Das worries about being accepted as the only girl on her baseball team. Making matters worse, Trish’s math puzzle competition rival Ben Messina plays on the same team. Insecure about his baseball skills and resentful of Trish’s most recent math competition victory, Ben clashes with her while his best friend, Abhi, schemes to get the two to become friends (à la Much Ado About Nothing). In this book told in alternating perspectives, Trish and Ben stumble across copies of a mysterious book called The Mathematics of the Wild, whose odd math puzzles seem to magically help the team and bring the former rivals together. But when the books disappear just before the championship game, Abhi’s life is endangered and they must seek answers in Comity’s enchanted woods. Fans of Midsummer’s Mayhem will delight in a return to the richly developed setting of Comity and its familiar quirky characters. A relatable sports plot about rivalry, teamwork, and forgiveness is elevated by lyrical descriptive writing and the unique intersection of mathematics and nature in the book’s puzzles, which readers will be eager to solve. Trish is Indian American, and Ben is white.
VERDICT This ambitious, layered story pulls together sports, Shakespeare, and mathematics while conveying a sweet, accessible message of the value of friendship and forgiveness. Recommended for all collections; hand to fans of Stacy McAnulty’s The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl or Erin Yun’s Pippa Park Raises Her Game.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing