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Southpaw: Winning Season #6
     

Southpaw: Winning Season #6

by Rich Wallace
 
Jimmy Fleming throws left, hits right and left, and is hoping to become Hudson City’s newest pitcher.Having moved from Pennsylvania, he’s looking forward to making some new friends and playing the sport he loves. But while he makes the team, things don’t go the way he’d hoped. His teammates aren’t too welcoming and his time on the mound

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Jimmy Fleming throws left, hits right and left, and is hoping to become Hudson City’s newest pitcher.Having moved from Pennsylvania, he’s looking forward to making some new friends and playing the sport he loves. But while he makes the team, things don’t go the way he’d hoped. His teammates aren’t too welcoming and his time on the mound is less than stellar. It doesn’t help that his dad is applying more and more pressure to be a star pitcher. Before long, Jimmy is wishing he’d never left Pennsylvania. But Jimmy isn’t one to give up, and just when the season hits a low point, Jimmy’s pitches—and his attitude—begin to find their mark.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"An uplifting entry in the Winning Season series." —Booklist
VOYA
After moving from rural Pennsylvania to Hudson City, Jimmy tries out for the seventh grade baseball team as a southpaw pitcher. He is not a shoe-in, as the competition is tougher than it has been in the more rural setting of northeastern Pennsylvania. Jimmy ultimately makes the cut as a relief pitcher, but the team does poorly in the beginning of the season. As time wears on, he wins acceptance by his teammates and establishes friendships with his peers. Serving as a backdrop to the sports focus of the story is his parents' divorce, which precipitated his father's move with Jimmy to Hudson City. The Winning Season series is designed for middle school boys who are reluctant readers. Sentences are short, character development is rudimentary, and action is the name of the game. Wallace should be commended for endeavoring to keep boys of this age reading. His titles are quick reads, but his writing packs an emotional punch to which boys should be able to relate, especially concerning Jimmy's fear of failure on the ball field and also his worries about being accepted in a new group. The only flaw with this title is the somewhat stilted dialogue, especially when adults are interacting kids. Nevertheless it is recommended for public libraries that need good reads for younger middle school boys. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2006, Viking, 128p., Ages 11 to 14.
—Sean Michael Fleming
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Jimmy Fleming is the new kid in town, having chosen to accompany his recently divorced father to Hudson City, NJ. He makes the middle school baseball team and tries to fit in with this diverse group of boys unlike the kids back home in rural Pennsylvania. Success is slow in coming as the team opens the season with a series of close losses, and Jimmy--often the last pitcher on the mound--feels the pressure. But with a little soul searching and encouragement from his teammates, he settles in and the Hornets finally win their first game. The book ends on a high note as the boy looks forward to a bright future with new friends and athletic success. This is a lightweight read with stock characters and formulaic situations. However, the action scenes are handled competently. The book lacks the humor and insight of the father-son dynamics in Dan Gutman's "Baseball Card Adventure" series (HarperCollins) and the breadth of character found in John H. Ritter's excellent The Boy Who Saved Baseball (Philomel, 2003).-Kara Schaff Dean, Needham Public Library, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670060535
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/02/2006
Series:
Winning Season Series , #6
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.55(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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"An uplifting entry in the Winning Season series." —Booklist

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Rich Wallace lives in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

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