The Kid from Tomkinsville

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Shortly before a serious accident ends his dream of pitching, Roy Tucker is called up from a small-town team in Connecticut to help the Brooklyn Dodgers out of a slump.

Includes an introduction by Bruce Brooks.

As the newest addition to the Brooklyn Dodgers, young Roy Tucker's pitching helps pull the team out of a slump; but, when a freak accident ends his ...

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Overview

Shortly before a serious accident ends his dream of pitching, Roy Tucker is called up from a small-town team in Connecticut to help the Brooklyn Dodgers out of a slump.

Includes an introduction by Bruce Brooks.

As the newest addition to the Brooklyn Dodgers, young Roy Tucker's pitching helps pull the team out of a slump; but, when a freak accident ends his career as a pitcher, he must try to find another place for himself on the team.

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"A wonderful, timeless story that is entertaining while also addressing the problems of professional sports."—The Boston Sunday Globe
Children's Literature
Baseball is like life. You win some and you lose some, but it all depends on attitude whether you stay in the game or drop out. Ray Tucker was a rookie, a nobody from a small Connecticut farm that played field ball. Then, one day while he was pitching, a professional scout spotted him and brought him to spring practice and the big leagues. With help from a veteran catcher, he scored big in his first season. When pain seized his "salary arm" after an accident in the locker room showers, Ray was put on the bench. The reporters were relentless, but he hung in there, started fielding balls and hitting base runs and homers. When he got in a slump and started feeling sorry for himself, his hitting went downhill. His mentor and friend said to concentrate on connecting with the ball; When you think only of yourself and how many homers you hit, the team suffers. Baseball, like life, is a team sport where all players are needed and dependent on each other. Through injuries and failures, team camaraderie and successes, this book contains life's lessons and will appeal to kids if they are also baseball fans. 1989 (orig. 1940), Odyssey Classics/Harcourt, Ages 10 to adult.
—Janet L. Rose
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152056414
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Series: Odyssey Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 666,557
  • Age range: 8 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN R. TUNIS (1889-1975) was considered one of the finest writers for young people during the 1940s and '50s. He wrote more than twenty books, many of them award winners. The timeless appeal of his novels has made them enduringly popular with readers of all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2003

    Amazing Book!

    One of the best books I have ever read(and I've read a lot).Definitely a must-read book!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 8, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Love this old favorite from my childhood.

    A fun look back to a time when baseball was king. Living a dream through Roy Tucker is just as enjoyable as it was when i read it as a kid.

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