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"Entering Cannon City High halfway through his junior year, Hal is convinced that his only hope for making friends is his first love, baseball. He is determined to conceal the fact that his dad is a former star third baseman....As the story unfolds, Hal discovers that he is more than just his father's son; he is a fine player in his own right. Baseball fans will love the play-by-play descriptions of games, and Hal's struggle to make new friends and sort out his relationship with his father will appeal to an even wider audience."--Booklist.
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Thomas J. Dygard (August 10, 1931 - October 5, 1996) was an American journalist an author of sports novels for young readers. His best-known titles include: Second Stringer (football), The Rookie Arrives (baseball), Outside Shooter (basketball), Soccer Duel (soccer), Wilderness Peril (camping, hiking).From School Library Journal:
Grade 6-10?Hoping to find friends and a place for himself in his new school, Hal Stevens joins the baseball team. His father is a former major-league third baseman?a fact that Hal wants to keep to himself?and he wants to play the same position. However, he ends up at second base, which is more suited to his skills. He is fearful that his dad will be upset, but, as it turns out, the man recognizes the wisdom of the move. Also, Hal finds that only one of his teammates begrudges him his famous father. By some diplomatic maneuvering, he's able to bring this recalcitrant player around, and the novel ends with the exciting prospect of a season getting under way. As usual, Dygard is right on target with his sports details. He also manages to give readers a winning portrait of the main character, who is shown coping with a new school and coming to terms with his illustrious parent. A solid sports novel with some effective extras thrown in.?Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL
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Book Description Tandem Library, 1997. Condition: Fair. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Seller Inventory # GRP80291716