Boy of Steel: A Baseball Dream Come True
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Boy of Steel: A Baseball Dream Come True

by Ray Negron, Laura Seeley, Laura L. Seeley
     
 

Young Michael Steel loves to watch the New York Yankees on TV—from his hospital bed. Michael has brain cancer. But when Yankee second baseman Robinson Cano visits Michael in the hospital, Michael embarks on an unexpected and wonderful journey when he becomes a Yankee batboy for a day. It's his baseball dream come true!

When Michael's illness makes him weak

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Overview

Young Michael Steel loves to watch the New York Yankees on TV—from his hospital bed. Michael has brain cancer. But when Yankee second baseman Robinson Cano visits Michael in the hospital, Michael embarks on an unexpected and wonderful journey when he becomes a Yankee batboy for a day. It's his baseball dream come true!

When Michael's illness makes him weak on the field, can he be strong enough to fulfill his batboy duties and make his new teammates proud? With a little help from Yankee greats Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Roger Maris, and Mickey Mantle, Michael Steel earns his nickname "The Boy of Steel" and learns a very important lesson: Never stop fighting!

Laura Seeley's vibrant, action-packed illustrations illuminate Ray Negron's touching and triumphant story, and children and parents alike will root for Michael as they learn about baseball, cancer, and a life lesson we all need to know. With a foreword by Kelly Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos, The Boy of Steel will be a hit with your little baseball fan.

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Editorial Reviews

Reggie Jackson
"Being a dad, this is the type of story that I would really want to share with my child."
Darryl Strawberry
“I was moved by The Boy of Steel. As a cancer survivor, I know the fear that cancer patients experience.”
Jim Thome
“I encourage all parents to read The Boy of Steel to their kids. It will promote awareness of cancer.”
Doctor - Charlie Maher
"A clear, concise, compelling account of real mental toughness in a young child ... A necessary addition to elementary school libraries."
Don Kalkstein
“... powerful messages ranging from mental toughness to teamwork ... engaging ... promotes interaction between parents and children.”
Jeremy Schaap
“The Boy of Steel is moving and smart, a triumph.”
Hideki Matsui
“Extremely inspirational. Kids . . . will get the courage to do anything that they want in life.”
of the gospel singing group The Winans - Carvin Winans
"To call The Boy of Steel ‘heartwarming and inspirational’ is an understatement for this wonderful book."
Ken Davidoff
“Masterfully walks a tightrope between fantasy and reality, teaching hard lessons about illness while simultaneously entertaining . . . a must-read.”
Baseball Hall-of-Famer Reggie Jackson
“Being a dad, this is the type of story that I would really want to share with my child.”
Dr. Charlie Maher
“A clear, concise, compelling account of real mental toughness in a young child ... A necessary addition to elementary school libraries.”
Carvin Winans of the gospel singing group The Winans
“To call The Boy of Steel ‘heartwarming and inspirational’ is an understatement for this wonderful book.”
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Young Michael watches Yankee games from his bed in the hospital cancer ward, wishing he could be there. An avid fan, he is astounded when Yankee second baseman Robinson Cano visits him one day and arranges for him to come to a game as his batboy. The evening is a thrilling one. Michael magically finds himself transported to the Yankee dugout during Lou Gehrig's farewell appearance in 1939. Gehrig then encourages him, as do other legendary players who have faced diseases. He gives Michael his own special nickname, "Boy of Steel." After Michael returns to reality, Robinson hits a home run and then helps Michael when he falters on the field. Michael is thrilled to be made a Yankee forever. Seeley imaginatively creates naturalistic scenes, along with close-ups of the famous characters to reinforce the fantasy, making it closer to reality. She takes us into the locker room, the stadium, and the storeroom filled with magical memorabilia. Despite the grim fact of cancer, the illustrations are spiritually positive, going beyond even the uplifting text. From the dedication, it seems that Michael is based on a real person. But frustratingly we are not told that specifically, nor do we know if he survives. An author note details the tradition of Yankee visits to sick children, while a note to parents and teachers offers suggestions for reading the book with children. Proceeds from the book go to The New York Yankees Foundation, Inc.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060898700
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/29/2006
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
11.28(w) x 8.72(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
AD750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

What People are saying about this

Carvin Winans
“To call The Boy of Steel ‘heartwarming and inspirational’ is an understatement for this wonderful book.”
Don Kalkstein
“... powerful messages ranging from mental toughness to teamwork ... engaging ... promotes interaction between parents and children.”
Reggie Jackson
“Being a dad, this is the type of story that I would really want to share with my child.”
Jim Thome
“I encourage all parents to read The Boy of Steel to their kids. It will promote awareness of cancer.”
Hideki Matsui
“Extremely inspirational. Kids . . . will get the courage to do anything that they want in life.”
Jeremy Schaap
“The Boy of Steel is moving and smart, a triumph.”
Darryl Strawberry
“I was moved by The Boy of Steel. As a cancer survivor, I know the fear that cancer patients experience.”
Ken Davidoff
“Masterfully walks a tightrope between fantasy and reality, teaching hard lessons about illness while simultaneously entertaining . . . a must-read.”
Charlie Maher
“A clear, concise, compelling account of real mental toughness in a young child ... A necessary addition to elementary school libraries.”

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Meet the Author

Ray Negron is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Boy of Steel and The Greatest Story Never Told: The Babe and Jackie. He currently works with the New York Yankees as a personal consultant to George Steinbrenner. In addition, he is also director of community relations for Spalding, America's oldest baseball company.

He lives in Florida with his four children.

Laura seeley is the illustrator of the New York Times bestseller The Boy of Steel and The Greatest Story Never Told: The Babe and Jackie. She has written and illustrated many books, including The Book of ShadowBoxes and The Magical Moonballs. Several of her books and illustrations have won awards. She lives in San Francisco with her cats, Basil, Ebi, and Fig.

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