Patrick Doyle Is Full Of Blarney (Stepping Stone, paper)

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9780679877875: Patrick Doyle Is Full Of Blarney (Stepping Stone, paper)

In the first of Jennifer Armstrong's Fourth of July series of historical chapter books, it's 1915 and everyone is wild about baseball--especially nine-year-old Patrick, an Irish kid living in the tough Hell's Kitchen section of New York City. Patrick and the other Irish neighborhood kids even have their own ballpark behind Gilhooley's Brewery. But one day a band of bullies show up and proceed to claim the field for themselves. Can Patrick's sneaky plan keep the bullies away for good? Now in paper, "this beginning chapter book features likable characters, a believable plot, and admirable attention to setting details"-- Booklist.  

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About the Author:

Ever since the first grade, Jennifer Armstrong knew that she would become an author. She loved making up stories and sharing them with others. Her family treasured books and this led her to become an avid reader of all types of fiction. It was no surprise when she chose to study English and American Literature at Smith College in Massachusetts.

Armstrong is the author of over 50 books for children from kindergarten through high school. Best known for writing historical fiction, she has also been successful in
creating picture books, easy readers, chapter books, young adult novels, as well as nonfiction.

Armstrong, who grew up outside of New York City, now lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Jennifer Armstrong is the winner of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World. Many of her books have been designated as Notable Books by the American Library Association and the International Reading Association.

For more information on Jennifer Armstrong, visit her website at www.jennifer-armstrong.com, or read her blog at www.jennifer-armstrong.blogspot.com.


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Grade 2-4?A beginning chapter book that's sure to be a hit. It's 1915 in New York City, and Patrick Doyle and his friends have found a pseudo-baseball field where an old draft horse, Miss Barley, keeps the grass trimmed as well as any lawnmower. Then the Copperheads, a bunch of bullies, try to take over the field. Patrick makes a deal with them: if Doyle hits a home run, Patrick's gang gets dibs on the field forever. The "Doyle" Patrick has in mind is New York Giant Larry Doyle, not himself. The boy frantically writes letters to his hero about his predicament, even sending an expensive telegraph?but the day of the game arrives and no answer. Larry Doyle shows up in the nick of time; with his help, Patrick himself delivers the promised home run, and the Copperheads have to honor the bet. All historically significant notations in the story are explained in an afterword that includes a glossary. Abundant black-and-white drawings capture the suspense and the boys' fear of the pugnacious Copperheads, and show the triumphant hit.?Charlyn Lyons, Wichita Public Library, KS
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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