Home of the Brave (Sluggers Series #6)

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After the rousing success in New Orleans, the Paynes face yet another crushing defeat when the Chancellor’s thugs finally steal the baseball—and kill their uncle in the process. Faced with a second funeral in as many months, Griffith, Ruby, and Graham are determined to beat the Chancellor at his own game and save their family as well as the game of baseball. Pulling into their hometown of Baltimore, the Paynes are reunited with a familiar face, and the Travelin’ Nine are tested on the field once again. Can they ...

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Overview

After the rousing success in New Orleans, the Paynes face yet another crushing defeat when the Chancellor’s thugs finally steal the baseball—and kill their uncle in the process. Faced with a second funeral in as many months, Griffith, Ruby, and Graham are determined to beat the Chancellor at his own game and save their family as well as the game of baseball. Pulling into their hometown of Baltimore, the Paynes are reunited with a familiar face, and the Travelin’ Nine are tested on the field once again. Can they win without the help of their baseball? Prepare for fireworks in this final inning to the grand slam series, Sluggers!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
In this the sixth and final book of the "Sluggers" series (formerly called "Barnstormers), the Travelin' Nine barnstormers return home to Baltimore where they discover that Guy Payne is alive. He tells his family how he was captured, then escaped and remained in hiding from the Chancellor. Now there is a game to be played in Baltimore, but the Chancellor has the magical baseball. The family and members of the team are keeping a close eye on Graham, for they fear the Chancellor will try to kidnap him. With Griffith at his side, Guy defeats the Chancellor in an exciting battle in the bay. Magical, mystical events intertwine with the baseball action. Now that the series is at an end, the issue of what happened to that special baseball must be addressed. Bildner and Long must have had a lot of fun as they resolved the issue by getting the ball into the hands of a youngster from the streets of Baltimore named George Ruth. The map in the front of the book is a helpful visual for readers who have been following the Travelin' Nine as they traversed the United States. Since the "Star-Spangled Banner" was written by Francis Scott Key in Baltimore, it was a logical choice for the magical events of the game. However, within the story it was referred to as the national anthem. What's more, at the game there was a ceremony celebrating the anniversary of the national anthem. While 1899 was the seventy-fifth anniversary of the composition, the anthem was selected by the U.S. Navy for official use in 1899. It did not become the national anthem until 1931. This is unfortunate, for the old-fashioned melodrama series has been fun to follow. Long's charcoal illustrations interspersed throughout the story are just right for helping the reader picture the time period. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416918929
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 2/22/2011
  • Series: Sluggers Series , #6
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,393,116
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Loren Long illustrated President Barack Obama’s Of Thee I Sing; the newest version of The Little Engine that Could; Madonna’s second picture book, Mr. Peabody’s Apples; Nightsong by Ari Berk; and the Barnstormers series. He also illustrated Frank McCourt’s Angela and the Baby Jesus and is part of the Design Garage for Jon Scieszka’s Trucktown series. Loren’s work has appeared in Time, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic. He lives with his wife and two sons in Westchester, Ohio. Visit him at LorenLong.com.

Phil Bildner is the author of the New York Times bestselling Sluggers! series, the Texas Bluebonnet Award-winning Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy and its companion, The Shot Heard 'Round the World, both illustrated by C. F. Payne; and Twenty-One Elephants, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. His latest picture book is Turkey Bowl, illustrated by C.F Payne. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Loren Long illustrated President Barack Obama’s Of Thee I Sing; the newest version of The Little Engine that Could; Madonna’s second picture book, Mr. Peabody’s Apples; Nightsong by Ari Berk; and the Barnstormers series. He also illustrated Frank McCourt’s Angela and the Baby Jesus and is part of the Design Garage for Jon Scieszka’s Trucktown series. Loren’s work has appeared in Time, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic. He lives with his wife and two sons in Westchester, Ohio. Visit him at LorenLong.com.

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In Ruby’s Words

© 2010 Phil Bildner

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Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 - THE LETTER

CHAPTER 2 - TRAVELING DOWN THE OHIO RIVER

CHAPTER 3 - MY JOURNAL, BY RUBY PAYNE

CHAPTER 4 - UNABLE TO SLEEP

CHAPTER 5 - ON THE STREETS OF LOUISVILLE

CHAPTER 6 - THE RIVER CITY SHOWDOWN

CHAPTER 7 - CHURCHILL DOWNS

CHAPTER 8 - STUNNED DISBELIEF

CHAPTER 9 - THE GAME BEGINS

CHAPTER 10 - THE RUBE WADDELL SHOW

CHAPTER 11 - HORSES, HORSES, EVERYWHERE!

CHAPTER 12 - LEARNED IN LOUISVILLE

CHAPTER 13 - BEN BRUSH!

CHAPTER 14 - COMING BACK!

CHAPTER 15 - THE NINTH INNING...

CHAPTER 16 - NOW OR NEVER

CHAPTER 17 - THREE OUTS TO GO

CHAPTER 18 - THE VICTORY BURGOO

CHAPTER 19 - SCRIBE SHARES

CHAPTER 20 - THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH

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