The Last Man's Reward

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"Albert and his four friends are living in company-owned apartments just until their parents find houses. When the boys acquire a rare and valuable baseball card, they decide to hind it in an abandoned mine" ("Kirkus Reviews"). "The strong characterizations and an airtight plot make (for) . . . a truly exciting adventure".--"Booklist".

In hopes of winning the valuable baseball card that he and his new friends have hidden in a remote cave outside Granite Falls, Washington, Andrew asks the gruff P.E. ...

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Overview

"Albert and his four friends are living in company-owned apartments just until their parents find houses. When the boys acquire a rare and valuable baseball card, they decide to hind it in an abandoned mine" ("Kirkus Reviews"). "The strong characterizations and an airtight plot make (for) . . . a truly exciting adventure".--"Booklist".

In hopes of winning the valuable baseball card that he and his new friends have hidden in a remote cave outside Granite Falls, Washington, Andrew asks the gruff P.E. teacher at his middle school to help him become a long-jumper.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leslie Verzi Julian
What begins as a contest between newfound acquaintances ends in the discovery of dear friends, the strength of the human spirit, and a reward far beyond the one that was intended. Albert is a boy who loves books and struggles to be athletic. A series of unexpected events will change him forever. He and his displaced buddies have hidden a treasure worth four thousand dollars in the depths of an abandoned coal shaft across a cavern few could have the strength and courage to jump. But Albert discovers something about a stranger and himself that will drive him to attempt the impossible. Patneaude has captured youth at its best and offers us a hopeful look at the world. His imagery and dialogue also make this a true work of art.
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Gr 5-7In Granite Falls, WA, Albert and his four friends, all of whom live in temporary housing while their parents look for permanent homes, buy a tackle box full of baseball cards at a garage sale. They then discover that the contents range in value from pennies to $4,000. After dividing up the less valuable items, the boys are left with the "once-in-a-lifetime" Willie Mays rookie card. None of them wants to sell such a prize, so Albert suggests that they have a "Last Man Club," meaning that the last one to remain in the apartment complex will get the card. Then the boys hide it deep within a cave. Meanwhile, Albert becomes friendly with the gruff, sarcastic P.E. teacher, and discovers that the man's wife has cancer and needs expensive treatment that the couple cannot afford. Albert decides to retrieve the card and give his teacher the money; he becomes trapped in the cave with little hope for rescue, but all ends well. The boys' personalities blend together. Keeping the characters straight is not easy, as their names and nicknames are introduced in the first three pages and used interchangeably. Even so, the plot is unique and moves along at a fairly rapid pace. An adequate choice for patrons looking for a good adventure story that's a little different.Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
Kirkus Reviews
Albert and his four friends are living in company-owned apartments just until their parents find houses. When the boys acquire a rare and valuable baseball card, they decide to hide it in an abandoned mine; the "last man" in the apartment complex gets to keep it and sell it, if he chooses. Albert has a use for the money the card will bring: His coach, Mr. Rockwood, is facing mounting medical bills for the care of his desperately ill wife.

There's nothing really new about the storyline, but Patneaude's talent, in Dark Starry Morning (1995) and here, is in taking familiar plots and rendering them without any unrealistic vilifying of the characters to maintain excitement. He shows that suspense is possible without such outright villainy, and that reading about good people who do right is just as satisfying as reading about bad people getting their just deserts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807543719
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Series: Albert Whitman Prairie Bks.
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 634,996
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.64 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2003

    this is a great book

    Albert and his four friends are living in company-owned apartments just until their parents find houses. When the boys acquire a rare and valuable baseball card, they decide to hide it in an abandoned mine; the 'last man' in the apartment complex gets to keep it and sell it, if he chooses. Albert has a use for the money the card will bring: His coach, Mr. Rockwood, is facing mounting medical bills for the care of his desperately ill wife

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