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Scaredy-Cat Catcher
     

Scaredy-Cat Catcher

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by Betty Hicks
 

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The latest book in the Gym Shorts series is a grand slam with new readers.

Rocky was the best catcher in the league until an out-of-control runner broke his arm. Now his arm is healed, but he's developed a reflex that keeps him from tagging out the runner. Young readers will root for Rocky as he and his friends--and even his dog, Chops--set out to prove that

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The latest book in the Gym Shorts series is a grand slam with new readers.

Rocky was the best catcher in the league until an out-of-control runner broke his arm. Now his arm is healed, but he's developed a reflex that keeps him from tagging out the runner. Young readers will root for Rocky as he and his friends--and even his dog, Chops--set out to prove that he's no scaredy-cat.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Joella Peterson
In this latest edition of the "Gym Shorts" series, kids will read about Rocky and his frustrations when he lets his friends and teammates down. Rocky is an amazing baseball catcher—until a base-runner slides into home plate and breaks Rocky's arm. A year later Rocky's arm has healed, but his arm will not stay by the plate to tag runners out when they come home. This results in the opposing team's scoring a lot of runs—leaving Rocky's teammates torn between disappointment for losing games and understanding why Rocky has a hard time tagging runners out. This short chapter book combines popular children's activities (sports—in this case baseball) with realistic problems (kids will empathize with Rocky's predicament). The result is a book that is easy to read and has high appeal for beginning readers. Although the majority of the book is words, readers will not be overwhelmed because of the black and white illustrations scattered throughout the text. This book will be a welcome addition to readers who have a big love of sports and are just starting their love of reading. Reviewer: Joella Peterson
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4

Last season, Rocky was the best catcher in his league, until a hit from a player who was sliding into home plate broke his arm. He has high hopes for making the all-star team this year, but every time he tries to tag a runner out, he jerks up his arm instinctively, a reflex he's developed after last season's injury. With the help of his friends, a supportive coach, and his bulldog, Chops (who is recovering from an accident of his own), Rocky eventually finds the courage to tag players out again. Rocky is not a quitter, and his determination and willingness to practice are key to his recovery. Full of baseball terminology, the story will be most interesting to sports enthusiasts, though others may be interested in the boy's relationships with his friends and dog. The fast-moving plot, straightforward writing style, and illustrations on every spread make this selection ideal for students new to chapter books and for reluctant readers, as well as fans of the previous titles in the series.-Jackie Partch, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

From the Publisher
“The fast-moving plot, straightforward writing style, and illustrations on every spread make this selection ideal for students new to chapter books and for reluctant readers.” —School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429998048
Publisher:
Roaring Brook Press
Publication date:
03/17/2009
Series:
Gym Shorts
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
64
File size:
756 KB
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Read an Excerpt


  1THE TERRIBLE TAGRocky loved to play baseball. He was the best catcher in the league.Whump!The ball landed in his glove. Dead center. An easy catch.In one motion, Rocky stepped onto the third-base line, leaned forward, and lowered his glove. He was ready to tag out the runner racing toward home plate.The runner from third slid for home, kicking up dust and gravel. Two feet blasted into sight. The cleats aimed at Rocky.The fans shouted, “Tag-him-tag-him-tag-him!”Crack! Pain shot through Rocky’s arm. Blazing pain.Rocky saw a dazzling white light. His arm—limp.Then, his whole world turned to darkness, loaded with stars.

That’s how Rocky’s season had ended. But now, a whole year had passed since the runner from third had broken Rocky’s arm. A new baseball season was ready to start.Rocky smacked his fist into his catcher’s mitt. No pain. Not even a twinge. He couldn’t wait to play again.“Hey! Batter-batter-batter!” taunted Rocky’s teammates from the dugout. His team, the Pirates, was playing the Astros.Rocky squatted behind the batter. He wore his mask, chest protector, and leg guards. He held up his catcher’s mitt. Ready for the pitch.“Batter-batter-batter-swing!”The batter swung hard at Henry’s fastball.Whoosh! Nothing but air.Rocky caught it.“Strike three!” called the umpire. He flipped his thumb up and away. “You’re out!”Rocky zinged the ball back to Henry on the pitcher’s mound.He couldn’t help smiling—he was so happy to be playing ball again.The next batter swung hard.Crack!The ball sailed deep into left field. The left fielder dropped the catch!The runner crossed first base and streaked toward second.The left fielder scrambled to pick up the ball. He bobbled it. The runner rounded second.“Throw to third!” shouted Rocky’s coach. The throw went wide. So wide, the third baseman lunged away from the base to catch it. Rocky watched the runner tag third and head for home.He’s crazy! thought Rocky. He’ll never make it. I can tag him out so easy.The third baseman hurled the ball, straight to Rocky.Rocky reached forward. Ready.Whump! He caught it.Two legs slid toward Rocky. Gravel flying. Cleats coming at him.The fans shouted, “Tag-him-tag-him-tag-him!”Rocky jerked his arm out of the way.“Safe!” cried the umpire.Rocky stared at his glove.The Pirates’ fans groaned.What had Rocky done?Text copyright © 2009 by Betty Hicks

Meet the Author

BETTY HICKS is the author of the GYM SHORTS series--action-filled sports stories that pack the energy of the gym into short novels for kids reading their first novel. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

ADAM McCAULEY is the illustrator of the Time Warp Trio and the Wayside School books. He lives in San Francisco, California.


Betty Hicks is the author of Basketball Bats and several sports novels for older readers, including Busted! and I Smell Like Ham. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

 


Adam McCauley is the illustrator of the successful middle-grade fiction series, Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka, as well as Louis Sachar’s Wayside School books. He lives in San Francisco, California.

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Scaredy-Cat Catcher 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im going to be the next Buster Posey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!