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Baseball Fever (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Baseball Fever (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Johanna Hurwitz, Ray Cruz (Illustrator)

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Erza's father can't understand why his nine-year-old son would rather watch men swing big wooden sticks than read a book or play chess. An unwanted car trip may help father and son find a little common ground.


Erza's father can't understand why his nine-year-old son would rather watch men swing big wooden sticks than read a book or play chess. An unwanted car trip may help father and son find a little common ground.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Desirous that his son's mind be on ``higher things,'' nine-year-old Ezra's father cannot understand the boy's passion for the New York Mets. Ages 8-12. (Mar.)

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Demco Media
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5.50(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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Chapter One

Introducing Ezra

Ezra Feldman's father knew six different languages. He had a doctorate in history, and he could do hard arithmetic problems in his head. His hobbies were reading history and sociology books. He had a photographic memory and could play a whole chess game without using a board. He just moved the pieces around inside his head. In short, he understood all sorts of long and complicated things. But there were two things he didn't understand at all. He didn't understand Ezra, and he didn't understand baseball.

Ezra was almost ten years old, and he liked baseball more than anything else in the world. He listened to baseball games on the radio, and he watched baseball games on television. When he read books, they were books about baseball. When he talked, he talked a lot about baseball. At night when he slept, he often dreamed about baseball.

"Ezra would eat and drink baseball if he could," his mother said laughingly.

"Why do you want to look at that?" Mr. Feldman would ask, whenever he saw his son entranced before a baseball game on TV. "That's nothing but a lot of grown men taking turns hitting a ball with a stick. What a waste of time!" he complained. He had no patience for any sports.

Ezra had an older brother named Harris. He was nineteen years old and away at college. When Harris was nine, going on ten, he hadn't been interested in baseball. He had spent his time doing experiments with his chemistry set, and by the time Harris was

ten he had memorized the entire periodic table. Mr. Feldman couldn't understand how two boys with the same parents could be so different.

"Don't forget,we didn't live in Flushing when Harris was young," Mrs. Feldman reminded her husband. Flushing was where Ezra lived, and it was also the home of Ezra's favorite team, the New York Mets. Shea Stadium, where they played, was within walking distance from the house Ezra's parents had bought four years before. Harris had spent his formative years in Mahwah, New Jersey, where there was no baseball team.

A typical conversation between Ezra and his father went this way:

"Dad, watch out! You're blocking the TV screen. The bases are loaded, and there are two men out. The man at the plate has three balls and two strikes. This is the payoff pitch coming up."

"I can't understand a word you're saying," Mr. Feldman would grumble. "Why should a boy

Meet the Author

Johanna Hurwitz is the award-winning author of more than sixty popular books for young readers, including Faraway Summer; Dear Emma; Elisa Michaels, Bigger & Better; Class Clown; Fourth-Grade Fuss; and Rip-Roaring Russell, an American Library Association Notable Book. Her work has won many child-chosen state awards. A former school librarian, she frequently visits schools around the country to talk about her books. Mrs. Hurwitz and her husband divide their time between Great Neck, New York, and Wilmington, Vermont.

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4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book best i ever read it shows u about a relationship between father and son
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like that it had chess and baseball in it. It had a kid who was almost my age so I could relate to him - but my Dad loves baseball too. The kid in the book, Ezra, also likes the Mets just like me. If you have to do a school report, this is a great book to choose.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was 9,I love baseball,but I think because I am so high above my level,that I thought it was to young for me.If you are in the age range,and like baseball you would like this book.