Play Ball Like the Pros: Tips for Kids from 20 Big League Stars

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For a high school junior, Skye has a lot on her plate. Her mother has held down two jobs to support the family since Skye's father left, so Skye is given the responsibility of caring for her brother Sunny, who has Down syndrome, all while trying to maintain her 3.5 GPA, training intensely to qualify for the swimming state championships, and struggling to come to terms with her feelings for her boyfriend, who wants more from her than she is ready to give.

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STEVEN KRASNER has been a sports writer for the Providence Journal for more than twenty-five years, covering baseball as a beat writer for the Boston Red Sox since 1986. He is a graduate of Columbia University, where he played baseball and was team captain his senior year; he still plays on in an adult men's league.

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Grade 4 Up-The unique format makes this a special instructional book. Krasner uses the expertise of 20 current major leaguers to teach youngsters, coaches, and physical-education teachers how to play every position. The question-and-answer sections between the author and players keep interest while instructing novices. The stars always place strong emphasis on enjoying the game. A real-life scenario, glossary, situation quiz, and a celebrity reminiscence of playing baseball as a child follow each skill. Separate chapters are devoted to catching, each infield position, the outfield, hitting, and baserunning. Aaron Sele, Pedro Martinez, and Paul Quantrill instruct players on the art of pitching, warming up properly, the pitcher as fielder, and which pitches young hurlers should be throwing to avoid injury. Each chapter includes a black-and-white photo of the athlete and line drawings. An excellent purchase for libraries serving young people and those who work with them.
Michael McCullough, Byron-Bergen Middle School, Bergen, NY
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