Pinch Hit by Tim Green

Trevor and Sam may look just alike, but they live in very different worlds.  Trevor was born into Hollywood “royalty.”  His dad is a powerful producer, and his mother is a famous actress.  He stars in major motion pictures as well.  What else could he want besides the life of luxury that surrounds him?  Just the one thing he can’t have–a normal life as a baseball player on a real baseball team.  Sam, on the other hand, lives with his dad in a run-down trailer next to the garbage dump.  Both of them have dreams of a better life.  Sam lives baseball, and has a chance (if his team wins the championship and he earns MVP of the tournament) to make it to the USC Elite Training Center.  His dad may be a high school English teacher who loves to quote Shakespeare, but he dreams of making it as a screen writer.

Pinch Hit (Harper 2012) by Tim Green tells the tale of when these two worlds collide.  While his dad is pitching a script, Sam gets called to be a body double for Trevor on the set of his new movie.  They immediately notice the uncanny resemblance they share and concoct a plan to switch places.  Trevor will finally get to play baseball on a real team.  In return, he promises to get a green light on the script Sam’s dad has written.  It will all work out, won’t it?

Of course not.  That’s where the adventure kicks in.  Trevor may have spent hours in a batting cage, but he’s never faced a pitcher with a curve ball.  Sam knows nothing about acting.  Trevor wants to take on bully Klum off the field.  Sam wants to use his new power to track down his (and Trevor’s?) birth mother.  Frantic text messages and coaching from actress McKenna might get them through the rough spots.  Or will it all come crashing down?

I enjoyed the humor and the action in this modern take on The Prince and the Pauper.  Chapters alternate between Sam and Trevor, so you get to see what happens to both boys.  Sam is completely lost in the world of the rich and the powerful, but soon comes to appreciate all it offers.  Trevor handles the stench of the garbage dump pretty well and relishes the chance to see how his baseball stacks up in real competition.  Even better, I won this copy (it’s even signed!) from a GoodReads discussion with Tim Green.  I can’t wait to hear what other readers–and Tim Green himself–have to say about this book.

Who wants to read it first?

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