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Screaming At The Ump

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

51AevIJg8mL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_by Audrey Vernick, 250 pages, Grades 6 and up

One of Casey’s favorite things is helping out his dad and grandpa with their Umpire Training Camp. One thing Casey is NOT interested in doing is talking to Mrs. Bob the Baker (a.k.a. Mom). She broke the family, married Bob (who bakes for a living), and moved out. He hasn’t lived with her for years, and hasn’t spoken to her for months. What’s the point? There are more interesting things going on in his life: he might be the first 6th grader to get something published in the school paper, his best friend, Zeke, is entering a film about their Umpire Camp in a national contest, a famous x-baseball player may be attending their Umpire Camp in disguise, and he and Zeke get to be in charge of the best day of camp this year! Life is good; even Mrs. Bob the Baker can’t ruin this.

If you like books about baseball and a lot more too, you might also enjoy: Heat, by Mike Lupica, One Handed Catch, by Mary Jane Auch, Under the Blood Red Sun, by Graham Sallisbury, or The Other Boy, by M.G. Hennessey.

Heat

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

heatby Mike Lupica, 220 pages, Grades 6-8

* STUDENT REVIEW *

Michael, a star baseball player, and his brother Carlos are living alone without their parents. The boys came to the U.S, from Cuba with their father. Shortly after arriving, their father goes missing and the boys are trying to make it on their own. Michael is a very good baseball player;  in one game Michael strikes out a hot-headed player named Justin whose father is the coaches.  Justin and his father decide to try and kick Michael out of the league by getting all the coaches to believe Michael is over the age limit. All the coaches sign a form requesting the league to investigate Michael’s age. To keep playing baseball Michael has to show his birth certificate.  The boys cannot find Michael’s birth certificate and what’s worse is that it is drawing attention to the fact that they are living without a parent.

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If you enjoy books about children managing without their parents then you might also like:  Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan, or  Guitar Boy, by M.J. Auch.  If you enjoy books about baseball, you might also like:  Under the Blood Red Sun, by Graham Sallisbury, or One Handed Catch, by Mary Jane Auch.

 

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One-Handed Catch

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

one-handed-catch-mary-jane-auch-paperback-cover-artby M. J. Auch  p. 246  Grades: 5-8

The summer before sixth grade,  Norm loses his left hand when it gets caught in a meat grinder.  Poor kid!  His mom’s not cutting him any slack, and his dreams of making the baseball team seem hopeless–until he hears about a one-handed major league baseball player and a customer gives him a right-handed baseball mitt.  Now it’s up to Norm.

Connections:  Here’s some other great baseball fiction:  Hang Tough Paul Mather by Alfred Slote;  Some Kind of Pride by Maria Testa; Choosing Up Sides by John Ritter; High Heat by Carl Deuker; and Hard Ball byWill Weaver.  Browse 796.357 for baseball nonfiction and search baseball biography in the catalog for famous players.