Free Baseball

Cover of "Free Baseball" by Sue CorbettFelix knows his dad was a famous baseball player in Cuba—and that his father risked everything to send Felix to America. But his mom won’t reveal anything else. When a team with Cuban players comes into town, Felix wonders if they knew his dad, and sneaks into their locker room to ask. That’s when the players mistake him for their new batboy.

To uncover his father’s story, Felix runs away from home to become the team’s batboy. His bittersweet adventure glows with the friendship of a miraculous dog, the warmth of a mother’s love, and the magic of baseball.

Awards and Honors
Black-Eyed Susan Award finalist (Maryland)
Iowa Children’s Choice Award finalist
Massachusetts Children’s Book Award finalist
Nutmeg Book Award finalist (Connecticut)
Rhode Island Children’s Book Award finalist
South Carolina Book Award finalist
Virginia Readers Choice Award finalist
William Allen White Award finalist (Kansas)
Young Hoosier Book Award finalist (Indiana)

Hardcover: Dutton, February 2006
ISBN 978-0-525-47120-2
Paperback: Puffin, February 2008
ISBN 978-0-142-41080-6