Super-Sized Slugger (Cal Ripken, Jr.'s All-Stars Series #2)

Super-Sized Slugger (Cal Ripken, Jr.'s All-Stars Series #2)

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by Cal Ripken Jr., Kevin Cowherd
     
 

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Cody Parker is the new kid in school. He’s overweight, scared and hates his new life in Dullsville, Maryland, aka Baltimore, where he’s a target–okay, a big target–for brutal teasing. But he loves baseball. And despite his size, he plays third base like a dream. Too bad he’s competing for

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Cody Parker is the new kid in school. He’s overweight, scared and hates his new life in Dullsville, Maryland, aka Baltimore, where he’s a target–okay, a big target–for brutal teasing. But he loves baseball. And despite his size, he plays third base like a dream. Too bad he’s competing for the starting job on the Orioles of the Dulaney Babe Ruth League against budding hoodlum Dante Rizzo, who vows to squeeze Cody’s head like a grape if he beats him out. Life gets even more complicated when Cody’s school, York Middle, is beset by a rash of mysterious thefts, a crime wave that threatens to sideline Cody–and ruin a golden season for the Orioles. Will Cody ever succeed in getting people to see him for who he really is?

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Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Spring is officially here! The baseball books are in the book stores. Cody Parker hates the hostile teasing he gets for his burly frame. The bullies call him "fat boy" and even nastier names. Plus nobody believes he can be a good baseball player. The new kid in Baltimore, Cody tries out for third base only to discover he has competition from criminal-in-the-making Dante Rizzo. When Cody does end up with the third base gig, he has made an enemy for life. Worse yet, Dante goes to the same school and when expensive items turn up missing he makes sure suspicion falls on Cody. With his baseball prowess and likeable nature, he does make friends and solves the mystery of the thefts. Mr. Cowherd tells a good story here and Cal Ripken, Jr's baseball knowledge keeps the reader rooting for homers from home plate seats. This second book in "Cal Ripken, Jr.'s All-Stars" series is a home-run. The book is a jumping off point for discussions on confidence building, dealing with bullies, and baseball. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Middle-schooler Cody, new in Baltimore, loves all sports, particularly baseball, and he's good at them despite the fact that he's a bit overweight (he prefers the term "burly"). He uses humor to make people like him, which works for the most part but not with bully Dante, who loses his third-base starting position to Cody. There's a mystery to solve and plenty of exciting baseball action as the team plays for an undefeated season and the championship. The various elements work well together to create a fast-moving story, and the characterizations of the parents and coach are great. These adults are supportive and helpful, giving good advice and practical lessons. The coach really has no ego. His philosophy: "Please don't let me screw this up." Another well-developed character is Jessica, Cody's athletic neighbor, who becomes his good friend and defender. She is smart and can hold her own against the boys in a baseball story. Ripkin and Cowherd have created a definite winner for anyone with the slightest interest in baseball, sports in general, those adjusting to a new city or school, being overweight in middle school, or just wanting to be entertained by a good story.—Kate Kohlbeck, Randall School, Waukesha, WI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423140016
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Series:
Cal Ripken, Jr.'s All-Stars Series , #2
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile:
810L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Cal Ripken, Jr. was a shortstop and third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles for his entire twenty-one-season career (1981-2001). Nicknamed "The Iron Man" for his work ethic and reliability on the field, Cal Ripken, Jr. is most remembered for playing a record 2,632 straight games over seventeen seasons, shattering the record previously held by the legendary Lou Gehrig. Cal was a nineteen-time all-star and is one of eight players in history to amass over 400 home runs and 3,000 hits. In 2007 he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, after earning the most votes in history. Mr. Ripken is CEO of Ripken Baseball, Inc., a company dedicated to growing the game of baseball at the grassroots level. He currently lives in Maryland with his wife and two children.

Kevin Cowherd is an award-winning sports columnist with the Baltimore Sun. He has also written for Men's Health, Parenting, and Baseball Digest magazines and is the author of a collection of columns, Last Call at the 7-Eleven. He has coached youth baseball, basketball, and soccer teams for many years. He lives near Baltimore, Maryland with his wife and three children.

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Super-Sized Slugger 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book writen by a great author and baseball player. GO CAL!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book to teach about bullying and will be good for kids i recommend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The greatest book ever it does teach alot like how to stop bullying and eat right so you can be healthy and live great!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Cal ripken is the best writer ever!!:)
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Ripken is a great aurher
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It is a good book
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This book is awesome I just finished reading it
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I LOVE THIS SEIRIES BECAUSE I AM CAL RIPKEN JR. SON
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The best book i ever read
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Great book its worth the money
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