Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Audio : Audio Book


Spring 2015 Audio Book
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
CD Price: $19.99

At first glance, Derek Jeter's The Contract looks like yet another book "written" by a celebrity hoping to capitalize on his or her popularity. However, that assessment would sell this book short. True, Jeter is one of the most famous and revered athletes on the planet, and true, writer Paul Mantell was enlisted to "write" this first story in a series. But the subject matter is drawn from Jeter's own experiences as a child in Little League, and the message is well worth listening to. Early in the book he shares a few life lessons: the importance of setting your goals high, dealing with growing pains, handling failure gracefully, and, perhaps most importantly, finding "the right role models." Young Jeter is a baseball-obsessed kid in Detroit, one who remarkably sets his goal on playing for the New York Yankees and actually achieves that dream. But the title of this book isn't about signing a lucrative deal; it refers to an agreement with his parents that if he keeps his math grades up and shows good character, then he can play Little League. The lessons of sportsmanship and the value placed on education pair well with insider baseball details. Jesse Williams, an actor and former teacher, does a nice job on this audio version conveying the various characters with his light, upbeat voice. This is a strong choice for sports-loving reluctant readers.

Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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