There's a Girl in My Hammerlock

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I'LL START WITH SIMETHING THAT MAY SURPRISE YOU. WHAT I REALLY WANTED IN JUNIOR HIGH WAS TO BE A CHEERLEADER. IF I HAD MADE IT, ALL THIS WOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED....

Maisie Potter isn't quite sure why she signed up for the boys' wrestling team. She's never been all that interested in boys, so it can't have anything to do with Eric Delong, in spite of the disturbing effect his smile has on her. And she's certainly not prepared for the effect ...

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I'LL START WITH SIMETHING THAT MAY SURPRISE YOU. WHAT I REALLY WANTED IN JUNIOR HIGH WAS TO BE A CHEERLEADER. IF I HAD MADE IT, ALL THIS WOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED....

Maisie Potter isn't quite sure why she signed up for the boys' wrestling team. She's never been all that interested in boys, so it can't have anything to do with Eric Delong, in spite of the disturbing effect his smile has on her. And she's certainly not prepared for the effect her presence on the team has on the people around her.

Her brother's totally disgusted with her, her best friend drops her, her classmates ridicule her, and opposing teams forfeit rather than wrestle her. But Maisie's not a quitter, and she discovers that she really likes wrestling — and that while Eric might not be worth the flak she puts up with, feeling good about herself is.

Thirteen-year-old Maisie joins her school's formerly all-male wrestling team and tries to last through the season, despite opposition from other students, her best friend, and her own teammates.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A rattling good sports story that is clever, witty, and tightly written."

Publishers Weekly

"A fine novel."

Alan Review

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When eighth-grader Maisie Potter decides to try out for the wrestling team, she has no idea of the repercussions that will follow. Legally, the school must allow her to participate, but there are a lot of hard feelings and she quickly becomes the center of a media blitz. Thoroughly modern Maisie is an eminently likable character, and her trials and triumphs make for a highly satisfying tale. Although Newbery Medalist Spinelli ( Maniac Magee ) doesn't break any new ground here, he tackles a meaty subject--traditional gender roles--with his usual humor and finesse. The result, written in a breezy, first-person style, is a rattling good sports story that is clever, witty and tightly written. Ages 10-14. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-- Maisie Potter knows what she wants, she knows why, and she knows how to get it. So when her teenage hormones begin acting up around Eric Delong, she abandons girls' field hockey for cheerleading. And when she doesn't make the squad, she patiently waits for next season's sports to begin, and to the horror of almost everyone in the school, tries out for wrestling. Of course, this is an all boys' team, and Eric Delong is one of those boys. Maisie makes the team and surprises everyone with her endurance and skill. She also makes more than her share of enemies, including Lizard Liz Lamply, Eric's aggressive girlfriend, and Holly, her fickle best friend. But Maisie has heart and determination--she's a female Maniac Magee with an intact, nurturing family, and she picks up more well-wishers along the way, as pockets of strength appear in refreshingly whole supporting characters. Maisie's is an original and vibrant adolescent voice--curious, confident, and very alive. She tells a story of sexism and challenges that is fresh from the headlines and perfectly integrated into the everyday events at a suburban junior high school, rich with nuance and melodrama. Kids will eat it up. --Susan Knorr, Milwaukee Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416939375
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 4/24/2007
  • Edition description: Repackage
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 620,799
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry Spinelli
Jerry Spinelli

Growing up, Jerry Spinelli was really serious about baseball. He played for the Green Sox Little League team in his hometown of Norristown, Pennsylvania, and dreamed of one day playing for the major leagues, preferably as shortstop for the New York Yankees.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2010

    There's a Girl in my Hammerlock

    Do you like wrestling and Jerry Spinelli books? Well, this is the book for you. This book is about a girl who signed up for the cheerleading team and didn't make it, so she joins the wrestling team. Eric Delong is a nice guy who likes to swim and wrestle, too. Liz Lamply hates Masie and is head of the cheerleading team. She likes Eric but Masie likes him, too. Masie Ray is the only girl in the wrestling team. Mr.Chaplie loves to teach wrestling and wrestled in high school. Her brother, her friends, and Liz Lamply make fun of her because she is on the wrestling team, but Masie loves to wrestle. Will Masie follow her passion or will she give in to peer pressure? Read the book to find out.
    Jerry Spinelli lives in Norristown Pennsylvania. He graduated from Gettysburg College and his first novel was Space Station Seventh Grade. He has seventeen grandchildren. He won a Newberry award for Maniac Magee.
    I remember when I wrestled with my friend. I strongly recommend this book to people who like wrestling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2008

    funny but diffrent book

    This book is the wierdest book i have ever read, but this book is also really funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2008

    It's Tough to be a Woman

    Maise Potter is a girl at her high school, who is a cheerleader. Maise thinks that she should quit cheerleading because she saw ¿Washer Woman¿ on TV wrestling. Well, she had another thing coming to her. Potter her wrestling nickname, only joins the wrestling team because of Eric Delong. Maise did this because she has a crush on Eric, and Potter thinks if he gets hurt that it would be him standing over her. This is another thing that she will learn the difference between. Potter has some experiences about kids who don¿t want to wrestle. What will be next? Her way or the highway? Will she get a real match in this year? Read to find out. I liked this book because it taught me that even if I am different, I should never give up, and if you want to give up, and if you want to give up, get a friend 'like maise had her best friend George' to boost you back in he game. The thing I disliked about the book was the end the end was short and did not give much detail.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2007

    A reviewer

    I loved this bok. It shows how girls can beat boys, how crushes arn t always perfect, a friend is never to far, and how doing what is right matters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2005

    pretty cool to read

    This book is about a girl named Maise Potter. She¿s a girl with a lot of expectations like she tries out for the cheerleading squad she doesn¿t get accepted. Then she goes to talk with Miss Strickland at her office she¿s not there so she goes outside and tells her why she didn¿t make the cheerleading squad then Miss Strickland says there are a lot of names not on the list. Maise then tells her family that she didn¿t make the squad then that¿s when her brother tells her that she is to ugly to be a cheerleader. Her sister wants to be just like her. She hates Liz Lampley for trying to take Eric Delong from Maise. Liz is the girl who plays basketball that¿s why she doesn¿t join the team her best friend Holy Gish is in the team so she tells her not to pay attention to Liz. Now Maise wants to join the wrestling team because Eric Delong is in it. Maise thinks is easy because she watches her favorite wrestler Washer Women but is only a TV show. She goes to the tryouts she gets accepted but doesn¿t realize how tuff it is. Now that she¿s in the wrestling team her best friend Holy Gish is suspecting that she just join the team because Eric Delong is on it. Holy tells why not basketball because Eric is not playing basketball Maise ignores her and then leaves but Maise is interested in Eric anymore because he doesn¿t pay attention to her like she did to him. Then when all this passes she beat up some other kids from different schools. She gets into an argument with some girl but Holy just ignores her

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2005

    Super Book

    This book is histerical and so interesting. the best part i thinck is when Eric makesout with Maise. i loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2003

    the best book ever

    i think maisie kicks butt and shows all of those sexist people that if you are determined enough you can make it,no matter if you are a boy or girl.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2002

    she a girl of ambition

    Maise potter is a girl who goes after what she wants.It doesnt matter if she loses her best friend or have a lip the size of a golfball.All she cares about at this time getting Eric Delong and Elizabeth 'lizard' Lampley to brake up. This is one of those books that you just cant put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2002

    the ending was great!

    I first got this book from my 4th grade teacher 4 years ago and i never started reading it until this year and i thought that at first it was just like anyother book but then i got to the end and wow did that really surprise me. i luv this book but i would recommend it to ages 12 and up because of the ending. This book was awsome!! ~Amber~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2002

    Awsome!!!

    i love this book! very realistic and well writen. i would read it again!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2001

    THIS BOOK CHANGED MY LIFE

    This is a great book. I'm a well built up top girl, and I never thought of wrestling before. Then I tried it with some of my 8th grade guy friends. I wore low cut shirts and sweats- before you know it, I had guys coming over to my house every afternoon! Then one afternoon, my dad came home early from his job, just as this new boy had me in a hammerlock. My friend Tommy spent that winter in a wheelchair. Good good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2001

    'A GREAT BOOK!'

    This is a great book because you can learn about treating everyone farely. It shows how a girl can be just as good or better that a boy. If you like to play sports and like to read how a girl can be just as good. This is the book for you! And for the guys, it has a lot of wreastling stuff in it too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2000

    Great Book

    This book was a really good book. It helped me find out that us girls do have the right to play any sport we want including the 'guy sports'like wrestling. Maisie is somebody really admireable. Jerry Spinelly is really amazing hopefully he'll keep writting good books such as this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2000

    Simple Minds

    This is fine for a junior high school level reader. But I found it to be way corny.

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