Horsin' Around

6:00 AM Posted by Lori Calabrese

If you love baseball and horse racing, then this is the story for you. Horsin' Around (Sluggers) is the second book in the Sluggers series.

The Travelin' Nine are barnstorming their way across the good ole U.S. of A., trying to raise money to pay off the Payne family's big-league debt. As the team heads into the River City, the kids have even more questions than ever.

They receive a letter from Uncle Owen that says, "Beware the Chancellor." But what does it mean? Griffith learns that there's much more at stake and his family can be in danger. He still has so much to ask his father and tell him. He doesn't understand how his father was able to survive a war, but not a trip on the Chesapaeake Bay; and he also has a strange encounter with an eagle.

Ruby learns she must write everything down. She hopes it will help answer the mystery behind the magic ball and help her see things the others don't. After what happened in Cincinati, they all know something is coming and boy does it ever! Horses and horses everywhere! Ghost horses storm the field, and the kids slowly begin to learn how to lead the Travelin' Nine to victory.

To make us read on, Bildner wisely has Griffith confront his mother after the game. Griffith is convinced the Chancellor is involved, but his mom denies it. However she promises to answer all of Griffith's questions on the train to Chicago. That's right--you have to read Sluggers 3 to find out the rest!

As with much of Sluggers book one, a lot of questions remain unanswered. But I think you might experience a weird feeling at the end of this book--feeling as though you didn't get enough answers, but not feeling disappointed because of it. Your appetite is still whet through the mystery of the ghost horses, and you'll find yourself eager to pick up book three of the series. I know I was.

Read an Excerpt.
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