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"Baseball, Bullies & Angels"   
(soft cover/63 chapters/274 pages)
Recommended reading for parents, boys and girls,
advanced young readers or ages 10-15 and up.
Baseball, Bullies & Angels is the story of thirteen-year-
old Stephen Miller, a sensitive, caring, athletic teenager
whose academic struggles have him labeled as the slow
kid.  Stephen tries to be a good student but despite his
best efforts he drifts off in class into daydreams,
replaying his little league baseball games over in his
mind.  Stephen’s troubles in school only get worse
when a group of classmates target Stephen for bullying.

Despite Stephen’s difficulties in the classroom, Stephen
is a phenomenal baseball player, an up and coming
star.  His baseball playing is the one thing that works
for him and keeps him positive.  As his flame grows
brighter, one competitor and classmate doesn’t like
getting over shadowed, so he and his friends, the “bully
gang”, set a plan in motion to try to destroy Stephen’s
dream of playing baseball.  The bully gang tries to chip
away at Stephen’s self-confidence with nasty notes and
name-calling but when that doesn’t get the results they’
re looking for they set up a scheme to get Stephen
kicked off his baseball team.  

As the bully gang’s plan moves forward, the bullying
escalates and Stephen inwardly struggles to make sense
of things in his life.  Yet with all the pressure and pain
he experiences, Stephen still searches for hope and
happiness.  Stephen shares his struggles with his best
friend, Charlie, whose sense of humor always makes
him laugh and who helps him to see the brighter side of
things.  And a kind gesture from Megan, the new girl in
class, sparks a new friendship and his first romantic
interest, which turns out to be a connection between
two kindred spirits.  But even with the positive
moments that help keep Stephen from falling into
despair, the bullies are still hard at work trying to
unravel him.  When the bullying follows Stephen onto
the baseball field, and an unexpected Monday morning
meeting in the principal’s office with his parents seems
to set Stephen up for the knockout punch, the bully
gang is cheering and fist bumping in the school
hallway.  However, an unexpected turn of events
changes everything, and makes the characters as well
as the reader realize that some mistakes can never be
Baseball, Bullies & Angels
a Children's Novel
by Daryl K. Cobb
I have just finished reading an amazing book, "Baseball,
Bullies & Angels" by Daryl Cobb. This book is something
we believe at
Stand for the Silent should be required
reading for not only children but for parents, anyone that
has ever been bullied, been a bully or is/has been a bystander
to bullying. This story is an accurate account of every single
day, and I believe the lesson in it will transform the hearts of
even the hardest bullies, causing them to see the devastation
their actions can and do cause. I firmly believe that this
book will touch hearts and lives and be a part of changing
our world for the better for all of its kids. I'm proud to
work with Mr. Cobb to help bring to light what far too
many kids go through daily. “Baseball, Bullies & Angels”
shows the many ugly faces of bullying as well as the hope
and change that one person can bring to this world by being
willing to stand up against bullying!

--Kirk Smalley,
President of
Stand for the Silent
“This young-adult novel by Cobb … introduces
Stephen, whose skill in baseball helps him cope with
bullies and a learning disability. … Stephen is a
charming, funny narrator, and once he starts
describing baseball games, this tale’s versatility
begins to shine. Cobb’s long stretches of naturally
engaging dialogue also help deliver characters and
twists that positively outstrip stories merely about
athletic glory. … Always sincere, occasionally
shocking, this tale is required reading for kids and
.  -- Kirkus Reviews
Baseball, Bullies & Angels is a recipient of the
prestigious Mom’s Choice Award! This award is to
honor excellence in family-friendly media. Mr. Cobb
is a gold award recipient in the category of Young
Adult Books.
-- Kirkus Reviews
About the Book
-- True Life Fiction
This is a  work of true life fiction that mirrors Daryl's
own struggles in school with bullies, Attention Deficit
Disorder (ADD) and his talent and love for baseball.
Learn more about Daryl Cobb and
or Baseball, Bullies & Angels on
the Author's Website
Daryl K. Cobb
Daryl Cobb performs a chapter (Diplomacy) from
Baseball, Bullies & Angles during a author visit.