Out of Control

Darby Creek
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Carlos "Trip" Costas is a fiery shortstop with many talents and passions. His father is Julio Costas—yes, the Julio Costas, the famous singer. Unfortunately, Julio is also famous for being loud, controlling, and sometimes violent with Trip. He dreams of seeing his son play in the majors, but that's not what Trip wants.

When Trip decides to take a break from baseball to focus on his own music, his father loses his temper. He threatens to stop donating money to the team. Will the Roadrunners survive losing their biggest financial backer and their star shortstop? Will Trip have the courage to follow his dreams, and not his father's?
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About the author

Rick Jasper is a former middle-school teacher and a long-time magazine editor and writer. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, he currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his daughter.

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Publisher
Darby Creek
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Published on
Aug 1, 2013
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Pages
120
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ISBN
9781467730594
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Language
English
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Genres
Young Adult Fiction / Coming of Age
Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / General
Young Adult Fiction / Sports & Recreation / Baseball & Softball
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