My Secret Life as a Ping-Pong Wizard #9: Hank Zipzer The World's Greatest Underachiever

My Secret Life as a Ping-Pong Wizard #9: Hank Zipzer The World's Greatest Underachiever

by Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver, Jesse Joshua Watson
     
 

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Hank thought that getting through summer school to get to the fifth grade would be hard enough, but little did he know that it would get worse! Everyone in the fifth grade is starting to focus on a sport—and they’re really good. Everyone, that is, except Hank. When Papa Pete suggests that Hank take up Ping-Pong, he decides to give it a try but keeps it

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Hank thought that getting through summer school to get to the fifth grade would be hard enough, but little did he know that it would get worse! Everyone in the fifth grade is starting to focus on a sport—and they’re really good. Everyone, that is, except Hank. When Papa Pete suggests that Hank take up Ping-Pong, he decides to give it a try but keeps it top secret, as he thinks the other kids will tease him about it not being a "real" sport. Hank is so good that he manages to Ping-Pong his way to the championship! But when he finds out the contest is being held at "Nick the Tick" McKelty’s family bowling alley, will he risk being the laughingstock of the fifth grade?

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Hank Zipzer, "the world's greatest underachiever," isn't striving for superlatives; he just wants to be part of the gang. When all the other fifth-graders take up sports, our hero searches for a physical activity that won't reveal his awkwardness. Eventually, he takes up ping-pong, but timid to the core, doesn't tell anybody because he fears that the other kids will tease him for taking up a "fake" sport. Little does he know that athletic prowess is about to be spotlighted!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780448437491
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/22/2005
Series:
Hank Zipzer Series, #9
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
344,766
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile:
760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Henry Winkler is an acomplished actor, producer and director.  In 2003, Henry added author to his list of acheivements as he co-authored a series of children's books.  Inspired by the true life experiences of Henry Winkler, whose undiagnosed dyslexia made him a classic childhood underachiever, the Hank Zipzer series is about the high-spirited and funny adventures of a boy with learning differences.

Henry is married to Stacey Weitzman and they have three children.

Lin Oliver is a writer and producer of movies, books, and television series for children and families. She has created over one hundred episodes of television, four movies, and seven books. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alan. They have three sons named Theo, Ollie, and Cole, one fluffy dog named Annie, and no iguanas.

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