Getting to First Base with Danalda Chase (Dutton US, Spring 2007)
Darcy Spillman wonders why they call kissing a girl “getting to first base.” He knows everything about baseball and he thinks he likes Danalda Chase, a pretty girl in his class, but he knows nothing about dating. This has got to change. With help from his baseball-statistics-obsessed best friends; the new girl, Kamna; and former minor-leaguer Grandpa Spillman, Darcy looks for the connection between his favorite sport and his new love interest. With a kiss from Danalda Chase as the goal, he steps up to bat and swings for the fences.
This sweet and funny story is perfect for every romantically challenged preteen boy.
“Beam, in his U.S. debut, hits a grand-slam…a story that is fresh, funny and appealing to both lovers and lovers of baseball, both male and female.” – Kirkus Review, Dec. 15, 2007