Twelve-year-old Casey Snowden comes from a family of umpires and he knows everything there is to being an umpire. His dad and grandfather own and run Behind the Plate, the third best umpire school. Casey, however, does not want to be an umpire; he wants to be a reporter.
When Casey learns the identity of a student, he decides to write an article that he hopes will get published in the school paper. The only problem, sixth-graders do not get published. Casey learns some valued lessons about what it means to be a writer.
This was a preliminary nominee for the Mark Twain Award.