Archive for June 25, 2018

Lucky Enough

Written by Fred Bowen

In this installment of the Fred Bowen Sports Story Series, the reader gets a feel for how superstitions and lucky charms play a role in the wide world of baseball.

Trey Thompson is a good, but not great, player who wants to up his game and play for a traveling team. He manages to dazzle enough in the tryouts to make the team. But he relies heavily on ritual – a lucky charm in his pocket, a favorite bat, touching the four corners of home plate with his bat before he bats, and not stepping on the baseline – and pays little attention to actually improving his game. It’s not until he loses the charm that he starts to realize that hard work might also yield some results.

Much of the story revolves around Trey’s connection to his grandmother. Even that relationship changes when Trey realizes she worked hard for what she achieved. In this way, the reader learns in a fun way that talent needs to be developed. The best achievements are those we work hard for. Bowen delivers a life lesson without preaching and while telling a good story.

  • Lucky EnoughTitle: Lucky Enough
  • Author: Fred Bowen
  • Published: Peachtree Publishers, 2018
  • Reviewer: Sue Poduska                                                     
  • Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
  • Grade Level: 2 to 7
  • Genre: Fiction, Sports, Family
  • ISBN: 978-1-56145-957-5
  • Extras: The Real Story: Baseball Superstitions and references