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The Hit-Away Kid (Peach Street Mudders Series)
     

The Hit-Away Kid (Peach Street Mudders Series)

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by Matt Christopher, George Ulrich (Illustrator)
 

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Left fielder Barry McGee enjoys being the Peach Street Mudders' hit-away batter. In fact, he likes being a hero so much that he tends to bend the rules a little. His sister's constant nagging about his cheating is forgotten when Barry meets up with Alec Frost, a pitcher for a rival team. Alec steals something from Barry's family and then challenges him to win it back

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Left fielder Barry McGee enjoys being the Peach Street Mudders' hit-away batter. In fact, he likes being a hero so much that he tends to bend the rules a little. His sister's constant nagging about his cheating is forgotten when Barry meets up with Alec Frost, a pitcher for a rival team. Alec steals something from Barry's family and then challenges him to win it back by hitting two homeruns off him in the unpcoming game. Now Barry wants to win more than ever. Will he play fair and risk losing his pride as well as the stolen object?

Editorial Reviews

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
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599533186
Publisher:
Norwood House Press
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Series:
Peach Street Mudders Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
6.78(w) x 8.68(h) x 0.17(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

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.