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A small baseball player surprises his bigger teammates when he finally gets his chance at bat
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P.J. Petersen's understanding of school dynamics and his talent for writing realistic dialogue have made him popular among the middle-grade crowd. P.J. Petersen was born in Santa Rosa, California where he lived and worked on the family farm. The father of two daughters, he presently lives in Redding, California. He is the author of many books, including The Sub, I Hate Camping, and I Hate Company.
Betsy James is the author and illustrator of a number of books for children and young adults, including the picture book Mary Ann, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and No More Animals! She lives in New Mexico.
A beginning reader, divided into five chapters, with themes of sports and peer relationships. A typical scene--older siblings and friends not letting the younger kids fully participate in a neighborhood ballgame--takes a new turn when one of the little children makes a surprising play. The final chapter features a madcap chase for the "old soft tennis ball" (a dog runs away with it, it rolls through a jump-rope game, lands in a woman's shopping bag, sits on an awning, etc.), while a small boy scores a triple home run. Not an ordinary baseball game, this, but a street game with invented rules with which city kids will identify. James' black-and-white drawings are large and include numerous easy-to-follow dialogue balloons; thus her co-credit on the text. The pictures are an integral part of the story, which is sure to appeal to newly independent readers. --Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library, ID
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Book Description Puffin, 1998. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110141300566
Book Description Puffin, 1998. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0141300566