Barbara Park's joyful Skinnybones is well-loved among students for good reason. The novel's protagonist, Alex "Skinnybones" Frankovich, has a way of talking himself into trouble, and this time he's talked himself into a pitching challenge with T. J. Bones, a bully and ace player. Young readers will find Alex hilarious and relatable, while teachers and parents will similarly find him compelling and an interesting character study. Recommended for ages 8 and up.