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Zachary's Ball
2000 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award Winner
2000 Massachusetts Book Award, Honor Book
2000 Boston Authors Club, Runner-Up
One of Yankee Magazine's 40 Classic New England Children's Books

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How cool is this! A collector's edition of  ZACHARY'S BALL, signed by 19 members of the 2004 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, was auctioned on eBay to benefit First Book,  a great organization that provides books for low income families. The auction raised $1,950 to provide books to Boston-area children in need. Here is a picture of the signed page:

"Zachary's Ball is a children's classic."
-Peter Gammons

"Magic, nostalgia and the power of a child's imagination come into play with winning results in the pencil illustrations of Tavares's debut children's book.... The timeless quality of Tavares's black-and-white pencil illustrations is in perfect pitch with the story's setting and theme. Close-up images of Zachary convincingly convey the boy's elation in his moments of ball-playing triumph-- a feeling with which young baseball fans will surely identify."
-Publishers Weekly

"ZACHARY'S BALL, by Matt Tavares, is a magical book. Incredibly intricate pencil illustrations pull the reader into Zachary's special baseball world... A book your child will want to hear again and again." - Boston Herald

"The children seem lit from within by their and Tavares's love of the game."
-Yankee Magazine

"The mystique of our national pastime is artfully captured through the eyes of a child in this sports story with a feel-good ending.... a heartwarming fantasy that will appeal to young fans and parents alike."
-Kirkus Reviews

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ZACHARY'S BALL. Copyright © 2000 by Matt Tavares. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.