A second sports-related book for the 2015-2016 Indian Paintbrush Nominee list, The Rookie Bookie by L. John Wertheim & Tobias Moskowitz (Lexile: 680; Interest Level: Grades 3-6) is a story of Mitch Sloan, the new kid at his middle school. Mitch enjoys numbers the way other kids enjoy sports. He understands economics and how to make money better than his parents who run a store where they sell their art. It seems like this should be a good thing; however, the other kids usually think he's weird and his parents think he's just a kid. So, when he starts at his new school, he tries playing sports to make friends. The friend he makes is a girl who understand the statistics of sports almost as well as he does, and the two of them decide to start up a business where they help other students place bets on sports games, charging the kids $2 a bet for their services.
When the school officials find out about the gambling ring, they are not very pleased. Neither are Mitch's family members. And he almost loses his only real friend. Can Mitch figure out a way to bounce back and earn his friend's and parents' trust? Find out in The Rookie Bookie! (272 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.