Empty Seats by Wanda Adams Fischer is a book following Jimmy Bailey and his struggles getting from the minor league in baseball to the majors. Jimmy is a baseball player from Boston, Massachusetts. His dad taught him all he knows, but will that be good enough to become "great"?
One day, a scout sees the potential in him and offers him a deal to join the Expos, a minor league team based out of Jamestown, New York. Jimmy decides to take the deal, and he thinks his baseball career is set, but he soon learns it won't be as easy as he imagined. When he starts playing for the Expos, he learns that everyone else on the team is just as good as he is, if not better. He realizes that he is going to have to get a lot better to make it to the big leagues. Jimmy also finds that the world is a lot bigger than just Boston.
Will Jimmy make it to the big leagues? Can he even pass this stage in his journey? Find out in this exciting book!
I'm not usually a fan of sports books. However, this book was a wonderful surprise, and I enjoyed reading it! It was entertaining and kept my attention from the get-go. I liked the character development through the story and the fact that it didn't feel like a generic sports story. One of the parts in the book that I liked was where Jimmy learned that drinking alcohol didn't solve life's problems. I'd really like to see a book two continuing this story. It ended with me wanting more. I would recommend this book for ages 12 and up because it has death and drinking.