Reuven is quiet and thoughtful.
His younger brother Avi is outgoing and impulsive.
As irritating as they can be to each other, the boys have two strong bonds-the solidity of their Jewish family life and their passionate love for baseball.
As the book opens, Reuven, a pitcher, is desperately working for a spot on the end-of-season All-Star team, while happy-go-lucky Avi probably hasn't even thought that far ahead.
Reuven is willing to ignore the advice of his parents and even involve his younger brother in his campaign to succeed.
The tensions leading to the big game-and its surprise outcome-will satisfy all young baseball fans.