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CHALLENGE AT SECOND BASE Stan Martin's chances of playing second base seem next to zero at the start of the season. His rival for the position, Gary Newman, looks tough to beat. Stan loves baseball-maybe even more than his brother, Phil, who played pro ball until quitting suddenly the year before-but after experiencing a few setbacks, Stan is tempted to quit too. Then Stan receives a mysterious note telling him to stick it out-and soon Stan finds himself face-to-face with the ...

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Overview

CHALLENGE AT SECOND BASE Stan Martin's chances of playing second base seem next to zero at the start of the season. His rival for the position, Gary Newman, looks tough to beat. Stan loves baseball-maybe even more than his brother, Phil, who played pro ball until quitting suddenly the year before-but after experiencing a few setbacks, Stan is tempted to quit too. Then Stan receives a mysterious note telling him to stick it out-and soon Stan finds himself face-to-face with the challenge at second base.

A fictionalized retelling of the Hindu legend of Prince Rama, who, while in exile from his father's kingdom, fights and wins a great battle against the forces of evil led by the demon king Ravana.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Highwater (Anpao) sticks close to the source in this novel-length story from the epic Ramayana. Through the machinations of the demon king Ravana, the noble Rama and his holy wife Sita, an earth goddess, are cast into exile. Then Sita is abducted, and Rama and his loyal brother Laksmana enlist the help of the monkey king Sugriva to rescue her from Ravana's evil kingdom. In a final battle, Ravana's foul troops are routed, and Rama slays Ravana himself, much to the surprise of the demon: "`What a world!' Ravana groaned in astonishment and pain. `Who would have thought that a mere mortal could destroy my beautiful wickedness!'" These figures are simply good or evil; Highwater does not attempt to examine motivations. As an authentic adaptation and abridgment of the original for an American audience, this work can be enjoyed for its drama and suspense, if not for subtle characterizations. Ages 11-14. (Nov.)
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-The Sanskrit epic Ramayana is one of the masterpieces of world literature. Rama is not a retelling, but is closely based on its source. At the heart of both are love (the exemplary devotion of Prince Rama and the quasi-divine Sita) and war (recurrent violent battles between good and evil). Demons plot against the heroic Rama and his loyal brother, Laksmana, exiling them from their kingdom and kidnapping Sita. Aided by the monkey folk and their noble king, Rama regains both wife and kingdom, but at a terrible price. (Highwater omits a later tragic testing of Rama and Sita's love, as well as other plot complications.) Sita is a powerful, if strange, figure, and the story is free of the original's misogynism (although women are still valued most when young and beautiful). Despite the appeal of romance and conflict, Rama challenges readers with its unfamiliar characters, difficult vocabulary, and a style heavily given to sentence fragments. Its strongest points may be the vivid descriptions of scenery and of pageantry complete with gorgeous ritual and ceremony, splendid temples, and exotic jungle.-Patricia (Dooley) Lothrop Green, St. George's School, Newport, RI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316142496
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/1/1992
  • Series: Matt Christopher Sports Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 124
  • Sales rank: 462,730
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.26 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2002

    Really good book!

    If you like baseball this is a good book to read. I'm 13 and I play second base so I really enjoyed this book and I look forward to reading other Matt Christopher books!

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