The Only Game by Mike Lupica

Young Llama Thoughts
  • Adventurous
  • Christian Friendly
  • Easy Reading
  • Humerous
  • Youth Appropriate
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This book is sooo sweet and slightly heartbreaking! It is filled with an amazing story about loving those who are lost and still holding out hope for a brighter future! (And yes there may be some sad parts that an emotional person like me would cry at, but I still suggest this book!!!!)

This book is about a boy who loves baseball with all his heart, but when he quits no one understands why. His teammates are mad at him, his best friend won’t talk to him, and his family is concerned for him. But ever since Jack lost his brother, his life has been empty and he doesn’t know how to fill it. With new friends and an amazing story about love, hope and baseball this book really is spectacular!

I’m not gonna lie, I cried a bit while reading this book. It was sooooo good and soooo heartbreaking! This is a very clean book that would be a great read for boys who love a good sport read! There is some mention of violence but mostly like sport related and dare-devil kind-of stuff. Mention of death and losing someone close to you, and there are some sad parts. Plus some mention of bullying, but it is all clean for kids. (Sad, but clean)

Overall, this book is fantastic! I don’t know why I am in such sport reading mood but I totally suggest this book! And I hope you all are having a Very, Merry, Almost Christmas!!!!!!! -The Young Llama Reader.


  • A really sweet story about love and hope!
  • A great book for boys 8 and up!
  • Such a good read!!!!


  • Some sad parts and mention of bullying…

Jack Callahan is the star of his baseball team and seventh grade is supposed to be his year. Undefeated season. Records shattered. Little League World Series. The works. That is, until he up and quits.

Jack’s best friend Gus can’t understand how Jack could leave a game that means more to them than anything else. But Jack is done. It’s a year of change. Jack’s brother has passed away, and though his family and friends and the whole town of Walton thinks baseball is just the thing he needs to move on, Jack feels it’s anything but.

In comes Cassie Bennett, star softball player, and the only person who seems to think Jack shouldn’t play if he doesn’t want to. As Jack and Cassie’s friendship deepens, their circle expands to include Teddy, a guy who’s been bullied because of his weight.

Time spent with these new friends unlocks something within Jack, and with their help and the support of his family and his old friends, Jack discovers sometimes it’s more than just the love of the game that keeps us moving forward—and he might just be able to find his way back to The Only Game, after all.

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