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Home of the Brave (Sluggers Series #6)
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Home of the Brave (Sluggers Series #6)

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by Loren Long, Phil Bildner
 

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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

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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 win without the help of their baseball? Prepare for fireworks in this final inning to the grand slam series, Sluggers!

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416918929
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
02/22/2011
Series:
Sluggers Series , #6
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,371,829
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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In Ruby’s Words

© 2010 Phil Bildner

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 a former New York City public school teacher who lives in Newburgh, New York. He spends much of his year visiting schools and libraries around the country and world. He is the author of over twenty books including the middle grade novel A Whole New Ballgame and picture books Marvelous Cornelius, The Soccer Fence, The Hallelujah Flight, and Twenty-One Elephants. Along with Loren Long, he is the coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Sluggers series. Visit him online at PhilBildner.com.

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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