From the Publisher
"Saving Armpit is a heartwarming story, with funny extra textual components in between the chapters in the form of mail or email correspondence that the kids solicit (fudge recipes, summer camp advertisements, heritage organizations? emails). There's also plenty of action and sports lingo on the baseball diamond to draw in a young readership who loves or could be interested in baseball (with a glossary of sports terms at the back, which helped me immensely)."
"This book would be a terrific read-aloud for students to learn about citizenship, community service, and collaboration. Sportsmanship and hard work, respect for coaches are also valuable lessons within the story."
School Library Journal starred review
"Saving Arm Pit is a delightful middle grade chapter book about dramatic adventure in baseball teams written especially to appeal to readers age 9 and up."
"Complete with a special glossary of baseball terms, information about baseball rules at web sites, and interest-piquing forms, letters, publicity advances, and journalism ephemera, Saving Arm Pit is an irresistible automatic page turner for kids. It's also just a lot of fun."
Midwest Book Review
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—It's hard to keep a good attitude when your baseball team has never won a game, and, in fact, the whole town of Harmony Point has a reputation for losing. Last Halloween, vandals deleted letters from the town's name, leaving the sign to read "ARM PIT." Clay and his teammates are tired of losing and tired of the town being a joke. Things look up when a new postmaster who actually knows something about baseball arrives and takes over coaching the Terriers. They don't win their next game but they do make a double play. Then, as soon as they start to believe in themselves, they learn that Coach Blackmore may be transferred because the post office simply doesn't have enough business to justify keeping it open. Coming up with a secret letter-writing campaign to increase mail and keep Coach Blackmore, the kids request summer-camp brochures, write to the state government for information, make the Town Council aware of potholes, submit a grant for a playground, and more. Through the letter writing, the kids are able to bring about change and become aware of the power of words, and the power of organization. Examples of responses to their letters are included between chapters. This book would be a terrific read-aloud for students to learn about citizenship, community service, and collaboration. Sportsmanship and hard work, respect for coaches are also valuable lessons within the story.—Nancy Baumann, University of Missouri-Columbia, MO
Read an Excerpt
"How much could a postman know about baseball?" I said, not wanting to get my hopes up. I had already resigned myself to the thought of another year of losing. "He can't be much worse than our last coach,"
Scott said. "I mean, Coach Meyers kept telling me to hit the ball with my 'club.' How bad can this guy be?" I had to agree. Still, would be be good enough to help us win a game?