Skinnybones

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Play Ball???

"I've played Little League baseball for six years now. But to tell you the truth, I'm not exactly what you'd call a real good athlete. Actually, I'm not even real okay. Basically, what I'm trying to say here is, I stink."

For the smallest kid on the baseball team, Alex "Skinnybones" Frankovitch has a major-league bigmouth! But even Alex knows he's gone too far ...
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Overview

Play Ball???

"I've played Little League baseball for six years now. But to tell you the truth, I'm not exactly what you'd call a real good athlete. Actually, I'm not even real okay. Basically, what I'm trying to say here is, I stink."

For the smallest kid on the baseball team, Alex "Skinnybones" Frankovitch has a major-league bigmouth! But even Alex knows he's gone too far when he brags his way into a pitching contest with T.J. Stoner, the best baseball player — and biggest creep — in the entire school. What a mistake! This might be one mess that not even Alex can talk his way out of—

Alex's active sense of humor helps him get along with the school braggart, make the most of his athletic talents, and simply get by in a hectic world.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Two comic novels portray the struggles of middle-grade boys trying to fit in. Ages 8-12. Apr.
Children's Literature
Although Alex Franovitch is the smallest player on his Little League baseball team, his sense of humor--and bravado--inspire him to order a size large uniform. When he cannot find the entry form for the Kitty Fritters cat food contest, he solves the problem by emptying the entire bag of cat food on the kitchen floor and blaming the cat for the mess. It is just such a passion for fun that gets Alex into trouble. Disparagingly nicknamed "Skinnybones" by classmate and baseball wizard, T. J. Stoner, Alex boasts once too often of his own imagined prowess and finds himself in a public competition with the pitching star. Although a less resilient competitor would have folded, Skinnybones survives and lives to revel in his own brand of fame. The "new and improved edition" of this beloved story will produce chuckles from avid readers and baseball fans, alike. Barbara Park, winner of fifteen Children's Choice Awards, is at her best in this revised edition of the eighties classic. 1997 (orig. 1982), Random House Fiction, Ages 8 to 12.
—Janice DeLong
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"Barbara Park is one of the funniest writers around"-Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679887928
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Series: Skinnybones Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 111
  • Sales rank: 94,759
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.35 (w) x 7.59 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Park

BARBARA PARK is best known as the author of the wildly popular New York Times bestselling Junie B. Jones series, which has kept kids (and their grown-ups) laughing—and reading—for over two decades. Beloved by millions, the Junie B. Jones books have been translated into multiple languages and are a time-honored staple in elementary school classrooms around the world. Every bit as funny as her best-known character, Barbara once said, “There are those who believe that the value of a children’s book can be measured only in terms of the moral lessons it tries to impose or the perfect role models it offers. Personally, I happen to think that a book is of extraordinary value if it gives the reader nothing more than a smile or two. In fact, I happen to think that’s huge.”

Barbara Park is also the author of award-winning middle grade novels and bestselling picture books, including Skinnybones, Mick Harte Was Here, and The Kid in the Red Jacket.

Barbara Park was born in New Jersey in 1947 and spent most of her adult life in Arizona, where she and her husband, Richard, raised two sons. Barbara died in 2013, but her legacy lives on in the laughter her books give to readers all over the world.

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    1. Hometown:
      Scottsdale, Arizona
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 21, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Mt. Holly, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Alabama, 1969
    2. Website:

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    Good

    I read this before in school and it was good. Good job overall

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Bogaboga

    That is the best word in the book. It is so funny

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Nook books suck

    I PAID FOR THE BOOK BUT I CANT VEN READ IT

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Amazgin

    Thi book is supe funny i love it read it you will lik it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2012

    Buy this book. You won't regret it :)

    I read this book (before it was revised) back in the early '90's, when I was in elementary school. It is the funniest book I have ever read and can be enjoyed by all ages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    Cat

    I LOVE IT!!!!I laughed the whole first chapter!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    My son loves it. I am so glad his 3rd grade teacher suggested it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Anonymous

    I love this book.It is so funny.My fourth grade teacher read it to me:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    Worst book

    Its really boring.It only talks about football.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    rak3301

    Skinnybones is a novel about a mischievous little boy named Alex who loves finding ways to become the center of attention. This novel will keep you laughing and wondering what mischievous thing he will attempt next.

    Alex's mischievousness and arrogant attitude often causes him embarrassment and difficulties in several situations and add to this entertaining novel. I definitely encourage young boys to read this novel because it has several life lessons and has quite a surprising ending.

    rak3301

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  • Posted October 7, 2009

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    i thought this was the most funniest book iv ever read i highly recconmend it read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted December 5, 2008

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    AWESOME HILARIOUS!

    I love this this book so far! Any kid or teen would like this book! Strongly reccomended

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2008

    A reviewer

    I LOVE THIS BOOK it is awesome i've read it so many times it's my favorite i would HIGHLY recommendit to EVERYONE if you haven't read it yet you'll love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2007

    a book that all kids should read.

    my teacher just read the most hillarous book called SkinnyBones,the authour is Barbera Parks.the main character is Alex Frankovitch who enters a contest to be in a comercial for kitty fritters. That is a rubber tasting cat food thatAlex`s mom buys for their cat,Fluffy.One day Alex went to get a haircut when the barber said 'oops'and shaed off all his hair. This is the most interesting and hillarious book that my ears have had the pleasure of hearing. Skinnybones is by far my favorite book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2007

    A reviewer

    I read this in the 4th grade. I remember my teacher told us to draw our favorite scene from the book. Everyne drew the scene, which I think is the funniest, is the 'ooggaa booga' scene!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2003

    Awsome

    Halarious! it has great humor i loved it and would recomend it to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2002

    Watch A Kid Lie To Everyone Just To Fit In

    I have Read this book and it was pretty good. I do believe it could have been better,becaus se it says anyway a lot.It doesn't really stick to the topic,however it was really funny. I do recommend this book to readers of all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2002

    This book was a great book to read and enjoy.

    In this book there was a boy who had a problem with all of his teachers in all of his grades. He knew this boy named TJ that he hated. TJ was good at everything and he always braged about it. They both played Baseball in the same league. They never where friends in anything so they left each other alone.

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