Four friends • Four sports • Four books
I wrote the 4 for 4 series of middle-grade novels thinking about the reader I was at that age. I wanted to write about four friends who are nuts about sports and the challenges they face on and off the field. The series spans the time from the spring of their fifth-grade year, through the summer, and then into middle school. Each book focuses on a different sport: baseball, soccer, football, and basketball.
Jackson, Gig, Isaac, and Diego are established middle-school students and some of their initial worries seem far away. But as basketball season approaches, they have new problems with worries about Diego’s availability and Quincy and Dante trying to persuade Isaac to play on traveling team. All four boys also have the challenge of their first middle-school dance approaching.
They must figure out how to stay together even as all kinds of forces are trying to pull them apart.