One-Handed Catch

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“Dad had asked me to give him a hand, and that’s exactly what I was doing. I was fast becoming part of the fourteen-cent chopped meat special—which, I’m told, was not a big seller for the rest of the day.”

What would it be like to go through life with only one hand? That’s exactly what eleven-year-old Norm finds out when he loses his left hand in an accident at his family’s store. It’s July 4, 1946. World War II has ended, and life is getting back to normal. But for Norm, the ...

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Overview

“Dad had asked me to give him a hand, and that’s exactly what I was doing. I was fast becoming part of the fourteen-cent chopped meat special—which, I’m told, was not a big seller for the rest of the day.”

What would it be like to go through life with only one hand? That’s exactly what eleven-year-old Norm finds out when he loses his left hand in an accident at his family’s store. It’s July 4, 1946. World War II has ended, and life is getting back to normal. But for Norm, the pressing question now is whether he will ever be able to play baseball again. And what about his dreams of becoming an artist? Norm can’t even figure out how to tie his shoes anymore. How will he ever learn how to pitch or catch or swing a bat with no left hand? It’s up to Norm to find the strength to get beyond this roadblock and move on with his life.

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“Quality writing and a protagonist who will inspire readers and convince them that handicaps are limitations only if you let them be.”—Voice of Youth Advocates

“Kids will be fascinated with just how Norm learns to cope, and Norm won’t mind a bit if they watch.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“A light, humorous tale. Norm’s inner voice is generally calm, and his jocular exchanges with his friend Leon provide comic relief . . . An enjoyable read on the popular theme of overcoming adversity.”—School Library Journal

“A strong sense of purpose, leavened by generous doses of humor and post-World War II period detail, drives this story of a resilient middle-grader who demonstrates that having one hand is an opportunity rather than a handicap . . . This story offers both inspiration and useful information, deftly wrapped in an engaging narrative.”—Booklist

“Auch handles [Norm’s] emotions and those of his family and friends believably and never patronizes her characters or her readers by becoming maudlin. Moving and thought-provoking.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312580025
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 1/28/2009
  • Edition description: Special Edition, Scholastic Book Fairs
  • Pages: 272
  • Lexile: 710L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

M.J. Auch is the award-winning author of Guitar Boy, Wing Nut and numerous other books for young readers. Books were a part of M.J.’s life from an early age; her mother was a second grade teacher who always made sure there were plenty of books in the house. M.J. now lives on a small farm in upstate NY with her husband and co-illustrator, Herm, and their two dogs, Sophie and Zeke.

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  • Posted December 4, 2014

    The book One-Handed Catch is about a kid named Norm Schmidt. Wo

    The book One-Handed Catch is about a kid named Norm Schmidt. World War 2 is over and him and his friend Leon wanted to go set off the fireworks. They couldn't set up the fireworks during the war because of all the blackouts. Norm is eleven years old and he really wanted to set off those fire works. One day Norm works in his fathers meat market. While grinding some meat Norm loses attention of his hand and his hand gets caught in the meat grinder. Norms' life was never going to be the same. Regardless if he had one hand or not he was going to still learn how to play baseball again. Neither Leon or his family though he would be able to do this. This books shows the pros and cons of living with one hand. I gave this book a 5 because now it's one of my favorite books next to Soul Surfer. This book is great for people that want to understand life with one hand or for people that need to learn to not ever give up. This book is 248 pages so it will take you about 1-3 days to complete. You should pick up this book at your local library now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2011

    fantastic

    One-Handed Catch by MJ Auch is a very fascinating story about a boy named Norman. Norman is an eleven year old boy after world war two. At Norman¿s family store he cuts his hand of so he will have to go on with life with only one hand. He has to go on with life like, he want to be an artist but he is upset that he could not be one because he has one hand. Then he wanted to be a professional baseball pitcher for the giants. When it came to baseball try outs he made the team and every game he nearly pitches a perfect game. So I would really recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2011

    This book is good

    The book I'm reviewing is One-Handed Catch by MJ Auch. The book is really good. I liked it, so I hope other people like it.
    The book is about a kid that loses his hand in a meat grinder. But he still tries out for baseball and he works hard to make the team. He has a best friend his name is Leon and they always do stuff together. They practice together and help each other to make the team.
    I can relate to Norm because he likes to play baseball like me. I like to pitch like him too. He never gives up too like me. He gets mad at his friends and does not talk to them some times to.
    I like this book a lot because Norm works hard at stuff. He loves the game of baseball too. I like books that don't give up. So if you like books that people don't give up, this is the one.
    I would recommend this book to a person that likes sports or people that don't give up. It tells a lot about sports.
    I think this book is good so you should read this book

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  • Posted December 13, 2008

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    This book is good for people who think that they arent good enough because they are crippled or just dont believe.

    This book is about a boy who loses his hand and loves the game of baseball. He doesn't believe he can still play nor does his friend Leon. The boy practices though. He starts believing he can do it when he starts making baseball training things. The boy learns that even with one hand, anything is still possible.

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