Sammy Sosa

Sammy Sosa

by Carrie Muskat, Ann Gaines

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Part of the publisher's "Overcoming Adversity" series, this well-crafted book focuses on Chicago Cubs' slugger Sammy Sosa who, together with Mark McGwire, captured the attention of millions of Americans with their historic home run race in 1998. The story begins with Sosa's hardscrabble youth in San Pedro de Macoris. This city of 125,000 in the Dominican Republic is a hot bed of baseball passion, producing many major league stars over the years. Although unable to afford proper equipment, this hardship did not deter young Sosa and his compatriots from playing ball. For example, they used two pieces of cardboard sewn together with fishing line for gloves. Indeed, Sosa's first baseball glove consisted of an inside-out milk carton. Young readers will certainly appreciate learning about Sosa's humble beginnings and his struggles to reach the pinnacle of his profession. The author ably describes Sosa's entry to professional baseball in the U.S., detailing how he adjusted to living in a strange new country, and later, how his game improved to where he is today universally acknowledged as one of baseball's greatest hitters. At 101 pages long, this book is an ideal selection for school book reports and research assignments. 2000, Chelsea House Publishers, Ages 9 to 12, $19.95, and $9.95. Reviewer: Bruce Adelson—Children's Literature

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Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
Overcoming Adversity Series
Product dimensions:
7.55(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range:
6 - 12 Years

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