This engaging sports thriller is an action-packed quick read. Baseball Great deals with many issues, including a complicated father/son relationship, the challenges and demands of youth sports, friendship and crushes, and steroid use. "Gym candy," as the kids call it, or anabolic steroids, are used by team members to make them stronger, better players in a very short time period. Thankfully, the physical dangers and criminal consequences of these drugs is addressed and they are not glorified. Juvenile fist fighting, violence, and dangerous situations add to the suspense in this page-turner. Friendship is supportive and a few age appropriate boy/girl dating situations are present. Language is very mild (b-tthead, cr-p) and one teen bully smokes. On the whole, this is a book that will be very appealing to sports loving tween boys, and one that not only entertains, but that conveys a positive message as well.