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Man Out at First (Peach Street Mudders Series)
     

Man Out at First (Peach Street Mudders Series)

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by Matt Christopher, Ellen Beier (Illustrator)
 

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After first baseman Turtleneck Jones takes a fast-moving throw from his team's shortstop right in the chest, he starts shying away from the ball and missing easy plays because he's afraid of being hit again. Coach Parker has no choice but to replace Turtleneck with the Mudders' substitute player. Will Turtleneck be able to find his lost confidence -- or will he have

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After first baseman Turtleneck Jones takes a fast-moving throw from his team's shortstop right in the chest, he starts shying away from the ball and missing easy plays because he's afraid of being hit again. Coach Parker has no choice but to replace Turtleneck with the Mudders' substitute player. Will Turtleneck be able to find his lost confidence -- or will he have to be content with a permanent place on the bench?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Woomph! The baseball hit Turtleneck Jones in the chest and he passes out. The physical pain is nothing compared to his embarrassment at fainting and the struggle to regain his confidence. Turtleneck succeeds in overcoming his fear and joins his teammates for the big game. Part of the "Peachtree Mudders" series.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Many times, the way boys enter the independent reading experience is through sports novels. One of the best-known kid's sports writers, this is Christopher's third short novel. As with his other books, sports is a backdrop for issues that could come up anywhere, for either sex. Turtleneck Jones takes a fast-moving ball in the chest, blacks out, and finds that fear is getting in the way of his playing.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-- An easy-to-read chapter book about a young first baseman, Theodore ``Turtleneck'' Jones, who loses his confidence after being hit in the chest by a fast-moving ball. Christopher explores the boy's thoughts and feelings about being a disappointment to his coach and teammates, and includes a blind adult neighbor who offers the youngster encouragement along the way. Theodore watches with sadness as his position is given to a teammate, but the author wraps up the situation superbly when the coach talks to both players encouragingly saying, ``Jack, you've played a good game . . . now I'm going to give Turtleneck a chance.'' This time Turtleneck feels that he won't let anyone down. An uplifting and reassuring story. --Blair Christolon, Prince William Library, Manassas, VA
Kay Weisman
Eight-year-old Turtleneck Jones, first baseman for the Peach Street Mudders, is accidentally smacked in the chest by a fast-moving baseball, causing him to black out temporarily. He soon recovers physically, but his fear of being hit again makes him shy away from the ball and miss easy plays. When the coach replaces him, Turtleneck is devastated, even though he realizes the reason for the switch. Finally, he is sent in to relieve the first baseman, manages to overcome his fear, and catches a fly ball at his chest. Featuring the team from Christopher's earlier "The Hit Away Kid" (1988) and aimed at a slightly younger audience than "Pressure Play" (below), this should fill the bill for young baseball fans ready for the transition from easy readers to novels. A subplot involving Turtleneck's helping an elderly blind neighbor is also well-handled.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599533193
Publisher:
Norwood House Press
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Series:
Peach Street Mudders Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
6.78(w) x 8.66(h) x 0.17(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Matt Christopher (1917-1997) was an American writer of children's books. He wrote more than 400 novels and short stories, mainly featuring sports. After his death, his family has overseen the production of ghost written books under his name. Born in Bath, Pennsylvania, Christopher was a gifted athlete as a child, which influenced his primary topic of writing. In addition to sports books, he also enjoyed writing detective fiction; his first published novel before the successful The Lucky Baseball Bat was Look for the Body, a murder mystery written for adults.

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Man Out at First (Peach Street Mudders Series) 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Terrible book
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