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Springtime in Rambletown means one thing—another season of Rounders baseball!

Old Man Winter has delivered more snow than the post office has delivered mail! The only way the Rounders are getting to first base is with a snow shovel. As the team tries to "warm up" for the upcoming season, they welcome a new center fielder: Orlando Ramirez. He's fast as a cheetah and catches everything.

Only one problem: those great catches end with him smashing ...

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Overview

Springtime in Rambletown means one thing—another season of Rounders baseball!

Old Man Winter has delivered more snow than the post office has delivered mail! The only way the Rounders are getting to first base is with a snow shovel. As the team tries to "warm up" for the upcoming season, they welcome a new center fielder: Orlando Ramirez. He's fast as a cheetah and catches everything.

Only one problem: those great catches end with him smashing into the outfield wall like a crash-test dummy. With the season opener against the hated Haymakers approaching, Orlando and the Rounders will need a miracle—or a really big shovel—to put the brakes on Orlando's collision course with the wall and this never-ending cold spell.

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Editorial Reviews

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Rave reviews for Slumpbuster: “The comically deadpan reactions of slump observers, the tautly drawn action scenes, and the snappy pacing of the short chapters are nicely pitched to readers just hitting their stride with full-length novels.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Rave reviews for Slumpbuster: “The comically deadpan reactions of slump observers, the tautly drawn action scenes, and the snappy pacing of the short chapters are nicely pitched to readers just hitting their stride with full-length novels.”
Children's Literature - Sarah Knight
Super Sluggers: Wall Ball is the second installment of a fictional account of a young boy's trials and tribulations with his beloved baseball team, the Rambletown Rounders. Told from the first person point of view, the reader follows Banjo Bishbash, aka Banji, aka, the Great Walloper, aka Wallop, through his days before baseball begins. Although Wallop is given multiple nicknames, no physical description is offered. His character, along with every other character in this book is not developed. Every character has nicknames, even multiple nicknames so it becomes hard to distinguish characters from one another. Set in a small town, of Rambletown, where spring is arriving late, Wallop and his friends are eager to get out onto the baseball diamond and defend their championship. However, the weather has been especially poor and snow still covers the baseball field in April. Despite the snow, opening day will not be delayed. The team works together to clear the field and to prepare for their baseball rivals, the dreaded Haymaker Hogs. Unfortunately, the center fielder breaks his leg skiing and it appears that the Rounders will lose to their rivals. Luckily, Orlando Ramirez, a transfer student from Florida is able to take his place with much ease. In fact, Orlando is a great fielder, who eventually wins the game with a spectacular catch to win the opening day game against Haymaker Hogs. Although this book has an ease of read, it lacks details to engage the reader and hold interest. The lack of physical descriptions and character growth and development creates a disconnect between the character and the reader. In fact, other than nicknames, characters are not otherwise distinguishable from each other. This book appears to be hurriedly written and or printed as several typos and grammatical errors were found. Reviewer: Sarah Knight
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Sixth-grader Banjo H. Bishbash is known by his Rambletown Rounders teammates as "the Great Walloper" because of his excellent hitting skills. Baseball is a distant memory for the team, however, because of a seemingly never-ending harsh winter. The start of the season has been delayed three times, and the boys are itching to defend their championship against the Hog City Haymakers. The team dynamic has changed, with one player out because of a broken leg and the arrival of a new teammate from Florida. While waiting for the first game, the close-knit group hits upon the idea of organizing a charity-fundraising hot-chocolate stand at school, which will serve spectators who have come to see the parking lot's extraordinary snow mound resembling Mount Rushmore. Markey explores the game's history effectively through J. Patrick Lewis's poem "Father Time Is Coming," which describes the changes in American baseball over time. Unfortunately, some readers may lose interest in the plot due to its lack of action, and the constant talk of bad weather and waiting for the start of the baseball season becomes repetitive and mundane.—Mairead McInnes, Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School, NY
Kirkus Reviews
The Rambletown Rounders are reigning champs in their baseball division and hope for a chance to repeat that success. Banjo H. Bishbash has developed the nickname "Walloper," and every member of the team has his own as well, a conceit that might confuse newcomers to the series but that gradually becomes clear. Banjo has a penchant for puns, outrageous hyperbole and cornball commentary that brings old-time sports announcers to mind but is all his own. The premise explored in this outing is a ginormous amount of snow that has fallen during spring break and leaves no chance to practice without shoveling the field first. Having recently moved from Florida, new team member Orlando is not at all sure how to handle the icy snow, and his attempts to adapt reach chuckle-inducing proportions-and earn him his new moniker, to boot, in the season opener against the rival Haymakers. Over-the-top hilarity for a younger crowd. (Fiction. 8-12)
ALA Booklist
Rave reviews for Slumpbuster: “Straightforward, sunny.”
Newsday/Kidsday
Rave reviews for Slumpbuster:“I give this book 4 out of 5 smiles.”—Michael Roberts, Kidsday Reporter, Age 9
Family Fun Magazine
Rave reviews for Slumpbuster:“New baseball series hits it out of the park.”
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
Rave reviews for Slumpbuster: “The comically deadpan reactions of slump observers, the tautly drawn action scenes, and the snappy pacing of the short chapters are nicely pitched to readers just hitting their stride with full-length novels.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Rave reviews for Slumpbuster: “The comically deadpan reactions of slump observers, the tautly drawn action scenes, and the snappy pacing of the short chapters are nicely pitched to readers just hitting their stride with full-length novels.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061152214
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/2/2010
  • Series: Super Sluggers Series
  • Pages: 181
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Markey thinks "rain" and "out," when used together, are two of the saddest words in the English language. When speaking of weather, "snow" and "day" are much better! Other word combinations as compelling in their way as a bang-bang play on the bases include "greasy slider," "late-inning heroics," and "lasting friendships," concepts that all appear in this book . . . which he hopes will induce gales of laughter (another good one) in every reader.

Kevin is the author of Slumpbuster, Wall Ball, and Wing Ding, all in his Super Sluggers series of baseball adventures, and several books of nonfiction. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children and a lovable yellow-haired dog named Happy. He bats left, throws left, and types with both hands.

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    Posted January 9, 2013

    Great book

    It is a really a great book for young sport readers

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