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Children's Fiction Baseball & Softball

Lucy Tries Baseball

by (author) Lisa Bowes

illustrated by James Hearne

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Apr 2023
Baseball & Softball, General, New Experience
Recommended Age
6 to 8
Recommended Grade
1 to 3
Recommended Reading age
6 to 8
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Apr 2023
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    Publish Date
    Apr 2023
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Lucy is playing catch with her family at the park when she is invited to join her friends' baseball team.

Their friendly coach teaches them the basics of offense and defense as they practice catching, hitting and fielding. Then they use these skills in a real game, where Lucy must overcome her fear of getting hit by the ball. With encouragement from Coach Al, Lucy steps up to the plate and gives her best swing. Playing a big part in the game's exciting finish, Lucy realizes what makes baseball such a fun sport to play with family and friends.

Lucy Tries Baseball is the sixth title in the Lucy Tries Sports series, following books about basketball, hockey, soccer, short track and luge. The series encourages children to get active and participate in sports and recreation.

About the authors

Lisa Bowes is a sports anchor who made Canadian broadcasting history when she became the play-by-play voice for the National Women’s Hockey League. While working for CBC’s Sports Journal, she was nominated for a Gemini Award for best writing in an information program or series. In February 2010, Lisa was CTV’s host/reporter for women’s hockey at the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. She currently works at CTV Calgary and freelances for TSN. For more information, visit

Lisa Bowes' profile page

James Hearne is an artist who loves illustrating books for children. He lives with his patient and amazing wife Paula and two beautiful daughters, Mikayla and Vicky, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He wonders how he got so lucky. James can be reached through his website

James Hearne's profile page

Editorial Reviews

“Young readers from all over the world can identify with Lucy and her teammates...In this quick story, Bowes and Hearne teach readers the basics and the love of the game of baseball. Highly Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Appealing cartoon illustrations and simple text offer a fast-moving overview of the game...Emphasizing inclusion and playing for fun, this title will be a hit with preschool and primary grade readers.”

School Library Journal

“A helpful baseball primer that’s sure to be a big hit.”

Kirkus Reviews

Other titles by Lisa Bowes

Other titles by James Hearne