The Million Dollar Putt (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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Can blind people play sports? Sure, they can do anything they want to do. Edward Bogard, "Bogie" for short, sure thinks so, and he has been blind since the age of four. He can ride a bike, play the guitar, and even parasail. The one thing he has never tried is golf—his dad has never taken him to a golf course or driving range. When he meets his next-door neighbor, Birdie Andrews, he is astounded at the things that she cannot do. Not only can she not play the guitar, or parasail, or ride a bike, she is sure that she would be terrible at anything she tries. So instead of trying anything new, she stays home and creates little worlds in sculpture. Bogie is impressed when she shows him her model of the eight islands of Hawaii, where they live. He begins to teach her guitar chords, which are illustrated in the text, and eventually teaches her to ride a bike. But that is not all they do together. Bogie goes to a driving range with some school friends, and after he has hit a couple of balls they tell him that they cannot believe he has never played golf before. "Awesome" is the word that they use. When he tells his father about his experience, his reaction is that Bogie has been hustled. Birdie is not so sure. How can she help Bogie prove that he is a natural golfer? Simple! She'll be his coach! And he will win the amateur tournament, she is sure of it—he cannot fail to win. This is also an excellent picture of a loving father-son relationship. Highly recommended. 2006, Hyperion, Ages 8 to 12.
—Judy Silverman
School Library Journal
Gr 6-8-A sweetly told story about the budding friendship between two young people and their understanding of one another's differences. Bogie is a blind teenager with a lot of insight when it comes to taking chances, seeing the world, and eventually mastering the game of golf. Birdie has asthma and lacks the confidence even to ride a bike, until she finds her purpose: assisting Bogie with his game. When they consider the idea of entering a golf tournament, Bogie's family secrets are divulged, helping to clear up some of the mysteries surrounding his mother's death and his father's lack of interest in golf. This novel's appeal is enhanced by humorous, lively dialogue; the innocence of the main characters; and the positive portrayal of their relationship and disabilities. An interesting read.-Hope Marie Cook, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781417789931
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 4/11/2007
  • Series: Million Dollar Sports Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 169
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Gutman
Dan Gutman

When he was a kid, Dan Gutman always did his homework. That's how he grew up to write cool books such as The Kid Who Ran for President, Honus & Me, The Million Dollar Shot, Race for the Sky, and The Edison Mystery: Qwerty Stevens, Back in Time. If you want to learn more about Dan or his books, stop by his Web site:

But first do your homework.

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  • Posted June 21, 2009


    i usually don't like books about golf, but this book is off-the-hook! it is about a blind guy who enters a golf contest. The book takes place in Hawaii which is a very good setting. you have to read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

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  • Posted March 25, 2009

    Million Dollar Putt

    The Million Dollar Putt is about Eddie Bogard who has a nickname, Bogie, like golf terms. Bogie enters a contest and, get the book and find out the rest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2007

    This book is great

    I read this book and it's great I liked the ending when Hogie wins the million dollar putt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2007

    The Million Dollar Putt

    ¿A blind person can do whatever a sighted person can do, except drive.¿ That¿s what Ed Bogard ¿Bogie¿ for short tells his new best friend, Birdie, in the book ¿The Million Dollar Putt¿ by Dan Gutman. Bogie is blind and can do anything. Birdie, Bogie¿s new neighbor, hates sports, doesn¿t know how to ride a bike, and makes miniature worlds in her basement. When Bogie is mysteriously entered in a golfing tournament he and Birdie team up to win. The prize is a million dollars. The only problem is that Bogie gets nervous in front of crowds just like me. I got nervous when I had to sing for auditions in chorus. To make matters worse his dad doesn¿t want him to play golf, but Bogie doesn¿t know why. Hunter Lynch is also entered in the tournament and is determined to beat Bogie. Hunter is the school bully and loves to tease Bogie about being blind. Even though Bogie¿s dad doesn¿t want him to play golf, nothing will stop him from playing in the tournament. For a million dollars he better win. Even though Bogie is blind, I am amazed at how much he was able to do. This is probably one of the best books I have ever read. Dan Gutman is known for writing some great sports books. You can also check out some other good books by Dan Gutman like ¿The Million Dollar Shot¿,¿ The Million Dollar Goal¿, or ¿The Million Dollar Strike¿. I would definitely recommend this book to all sports lovers 8 and up.

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