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High and Inside
     

High and Inside

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by Jeff Rud
 

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Fresh from a thrilling basketball season playing for the varsity team, Matt is looking forward to a new challenge: baseball. The South Side team seems to be strong this year, if only Matt can control his fear of being hit by an errant pitch. But when Matt's friend, Jake, the team's star, falls in with the wrong crowd, the entire season, not to mention their

Overview

Fresh from a thrilling basketball season playing for the varsity team, Matt is looking forward to a new challenge: baseball. The South Side team seems to be strong this year, if only Matt can control his fear of being hit by an errant pitch. But when Matt's friend, Jake, the team's star, falls in with the wrong crowd, the entire season, not to mention their long-standing friendship, seems to be on the line.

Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
"a clean-cut and page-turning novel."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554694785
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
180
File size:
446 KB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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He dug in again, sinking his cleats into the soft clay of the batter's box and getting set for the next pitch. He was determined to hang in there this time and not back away, no matter what happened. White went into his long, deliberate windup. It seemed like forever, but in fact it was only a couple of seconds before the older boy uncoiled and sent the ball again in a flash toward the plate.

This time, Matt stayed in the box, swinging at the spot where he anticipated the baseball would cross. But this pitch was slightly inside. It nicked him on the index finger of his right hand and ricocheted off his cheekbone. The pain shot through his finger and the left side of his face at the same time, but Matt stayed on his feet.

Meet the Author

A sportswriter, columnist and sports editor for newspapers in Western Canada over a 20-year period, Jeff Rud is now a reporter for the Victoria Times Colonist, covering provincial politics in the British Columbia legislature. He has written both sports fiction and non-fiction. Born in Red Deer, Alberta, Jeff now lives in Victoria, B.C., with his wife, Lana, a middle school teacher, and their two children.

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High and Inside 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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High and Inside is a good book for a baseball fan. But everything that is not about baseball stinks. The author of this book about baseball is Jeff Rud. I highly recommend this book only for people that like baseball. Everyone else, do not read this book. It revolves around a baby like middle school baseball player, named Matthew Hill, and his friends, who are all better than him in baseball. His friend Jake starts doing drugs because his cousins are pressuring him to start, but Matt doesn¿t start. But he gets in trouble for having Jake¿s jacket with marijuana in the pocket. So Matt has to go to this alcohol and drug abuse class that is supposed to help his. Another thing he has to deal with is that he gets scared of a fastball hitting him. What will he do? The book is meant for teenagers and pre-teens. And do no worry, the words are easy, but the explanations are not. The book just fits in with the age group because the main characters are the same age. Author Jeff Rud is very enthusiastic and keeps you interested throughout the book. The emotion makes it more interesting and very fun to read about baseball even though it is a book. It is very realistic and contains a lot of information about baseball. The events happen in order, but have no visuals or examples. The book gets repeated a lot during the baseball parts. Every time there is a baseball game, they are down by one in the seventh inning 'there are only seven innings in a middle school game'. It gets very boring after half of the book. There is also no violence in the book, so that makes you bored and want to take a nap. The parts about drugs are really hard to relate to because most of use do not do drugs. If you are a baseball fan, or understand baseball, you should read this great book. Baseball terminology makes the book hard if you do not know anything about baseball. So, do not read this book because it is horrible except for the baseball.