The Catcher's Mask (Peach Street Mudders Series)

The Catcher's Mask (Peach Street Mudders Series)

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by Matt Christopher, Bert Dodson

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Mudders' catcher Rudy Calhoun is having a bad season behind the plate until, at a yard sale, he buys a used catcher's mask that greatly improves his playing.


Mudders' catcher Rudy Calhoun is having a bad season behind the plate until, at a yard sale, he buys a used catcher's mask that greatly improves his playing.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
When Rudy Calhoun's baseball career changes dramatically, he begins to wonder if his new second-hand mask is still filled with the talents of its former owner. Author, Christopher's name is synonymous with children's sports books, and beginning novel readers can catch another great story in this, the eighth book of his "Peach Street Mudders" series.
Children's Literature - Linda Uhlenkott
Rudy is suffering an off season in the position of catcher for the Peach Street Mudders. Every day he has to listen to the taunts of his teammates as they comment on his mistakes. Rudy believes that not having his own catcher's mask is at the root of his troubles. On the way home from another miserable practice, he notices that the Turnbulls are having a yard sale, and he stops to see what they have. An old catcher's mask catches his eye, and when he tries it on, it's a perfect fit. Mr. Turnbull points out the initials, Y.B., on the mask, telling Rudy that he doesn't remember who carved them into the mask. Then Mr. Turnbull adds a book about baseball to Rudy's purchase, and Rudy hurries home. When he reads the book, he learns that one of the characters in it is Yogi Berra. Believing that the mask also belong to Yogi Berra, Rudy hurries to practice the next morning, certain that the mask of a Hall-of-Famer will bring him good luck. The rest of the story entertains as it teaches a lesson about believing in oneself.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4While this brief book is easy to read, children will have to know a lot about baseball to understand and follow the game action, especially the lingo (e.g., "sacrifice bunt," "once around the horn," "next raps," "fanned," "snagged the throw"), which is not explained or easily discerned from context. The many characters (most with rather old-fashioned nicknames) may also lead to some confusion. Young Rudy blames all of his baseball woes on the team-owned catcher's mask so he buys a "new" mask and baseball book at a neighbor's yard sale. Information in the book and the "Y.B." on the mask lead him to believe that it once belonged to Hall-of-Famer Yogi Berra and that it will make him play like a pro, too. Although this fills the bill as an easy-reading sports-action book, the plot is only fair and the ending a little too pat. Buy it only if you have a demand for more about the Peach Street Mudders.Kate Kohlbeck, Randall School, Waukesha, WI

Product Details

Hachette Book Group
Publication date:
Peach Street Mudders Series
Edition description:
1 ED
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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Matt Christopher is the best selling name behind more than 100 sports-themed books for young readers.

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Catcher's Mask (Peach Street Mudders Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First game vs Dodgers then battle between the bay, yes Giants vs A'sthe other hated Giants fan team. Hope the Giants win( just in case it is the big league im talking about like with Buster Posey, Timmy , Panda, ect.).