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Thumb on a Diamond

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Leon (now known by his nickname, Thumb) and his best friend Susan love their tiny, remote fishing village wedged between the sea and the mountains. It is beautiful, peaceful — and very boring. So Thumb and Susan come up with an ingenious plan to form a baseball team, win the regional title, and qualify to be sent to the championships in Vancouver courtesy of the school board. Never mind that none of the village's children have ever played baseball before. Never mind that there are no other teams to compete with....
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Leon (now known by his nickname, Thumb) and his best friend Susan love their tiny, remote fishing village wedged between the sea and the mountains. It is beautiful, peaceful — and very boring. So Thumb and Susan come up with an ingenious plan to form a baseball team, win the regional title, and qualify to be sent to the championships in Vancouver courtesy of the school board. Never mind that none of the village's children have ever played baseball before. Never mind that there are no other teams to compete with. Never mind that the village is not even wide enough for a baseball diamond. With a lot of ingenuity and a little grown-up help, the New Auckland Beavers go into training and start packing their bags. But what will happen when they get to Vancouver? Ken Roberts’s witty portrait of the droll, gently subversive villagers of New Auckland makes this book a welcome sequel to its acclaimed predecessor.
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Gr 4-7-An unlikely baseball story begins to unfold when Mr. G. H. Entwhistle's rowboat makes it into a remote fishing village on the coast of British Columbia. A group of kids including the narrator, a boy best known as Thumb, take the Englishman to their town, population 138. It is then that the nine children come up with a plan for a school-sponsored visit to a big city. And Mr. Entwhistle, author and illustrator of the "Bobby and Bernice Beaver" books, assumes a role as unique as his outfit on the foggy day his boat came to the village. The kids realize that they have enough players for a baseball team. Although they've never played the game, they make creative decisions and preparations for the provincial championship in Vancouver, supported by Thumb's father, the schoolmaster. The trip has surprising results while allowing the players to experience a big city, so different from their hometown, which has 42 buildings and no roads. Thumb's voice is wise, allowing humor to arise from his observations of others and their responses to sights and events. The setting is both familiar and exotic; the children are geographically isolated but research baseball and more via the Internet. The characters are appealing and the plot unfolds naturally to create a satisfying and plausible story. Thumb, as an adult, no longer lives in New Auckland but returns with his children to view the trophy and carry on an old family baseball tradition.-Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at Washington DC Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780888997050
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,310,780
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.80 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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