The Hit-Away Kid (Peach Street Mudders Series)

The Hit-Away Kid (Peach Street Mudders Series)

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by Matt Christopher
     
 

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Barry McGee, hit-away batter for the Peach Street Mudders, enjoys winning so much that he has a tendency to bend the rules; then the dirty tactics of the pitcher on a rival team give him a new perspective on sports ethics.

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Barry McGee, hit-away batter for the Peach Street Mudders, enjoys winning so much that he has a tendency to bend the rules; then the dirty tactics of the pitcher on a rival team give him a new perspective on sports ethics.

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School Library Journal
Gr 3-4 Descriptions of strategies, both offensive and defensive, abound in Christopher's latest sports story, and an understanding of baseball terms and plays would be helpful for enjoying the action that is described. Barry McGee, a left fielder and hit-away batter, learns an important lesson in fair play after his sister sees him cheat. Character development has been sacrificed for action and description, but younger readers should enjoy this for the excitement of the game and the typical dialogue of young players. The book can also serve older readers who need high-interest material with easy vocabulary and sentence structure. Janice C. Hayes, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro
Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
No one sees Barry drop a catch that helped them win the game, except his sister. Luckily, his sister does not tell anyone, though Barry was worried that Susan would rat him out to their parents later that night. Barry decides he needs to come clean to his parents anyway, and not just because he is worried that his sister will tattle on him, but because he feels he needs to admit what he did wrong and find a way to make up for it. But things quickly spiral out of control when Barry makes a crazy bet to get a toy back from a rival pitcher. Barry does not believe that he will be able to hit two home runs off Alec and during the game later that week, Barry manages only to hit one. They still have a chance to win, but Barry misses second base while heading for home and deliberately gets tagged out later in the game to make up for it. When he confesses his reasons for the error to the coach later, Alec overhears and returns the toy despite the fact that Barry lost the bet. This reprint of Christopher's short novel provides children an important lesson in admitting mistakes and will appeal to fans of sports and baseball in particular. Reviewer: Danielle Williams

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316095952
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
12/19/2009
Series:
Peach Street Mudders Series
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,025,575
File size:
902 KB
Age Range:
8 - 12 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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Hit-Away Kid (Peach Street Mudders Series) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“Hit it”. It took place in Baseball field. The book was written by Matt Christopher. It was illustrated by George Ulrich. Will Barry get two home runs? This was the plot. The theme is if you tell the truth you will win. The book was realistic, but the story was moving slowly. I would give only three stars. I think the author would be reached the audience if they like Baseball. I would recommend this to people who like the Baseball. harini.s
Guest More than 1 year ago
Zoom! The Hit-Away Kid is about a kid who always hits the ball. Then a kid stole his metal dog and to find out more read the book. I liked the book because it was good and I like baseball. I would recommend it to people who like baseball and are 2nd grade or older. And if you don¿t like baseball Matt Christopher writes more sports books than just baseball. He writes about snow-boarding and other sports.