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Centerfield Ballhawk (Peach Street Mudders Series)

Centerfield Ballhawk (Peach Street Mudders Series)

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by Matt Christopher, Ellen Beier (Illustrator)

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Jose Mendez wants to be a great batter just like his father was when he played in the minor leagues. But every time Jose picks up the bat, disaster strikes. Will Jose ever be able to match his dad's .375 batting average?


Jose Mendez wants to be a great batter just like his father was when he played in the minor leagues. But every time Jose picks up the bat, disaster strikes. Will Jose ever be able to match his dad's .375 batting average?

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School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-- Jose Mendez feels he has disappointed his father, a former minor league player, because he doesn't hit a baseball as well as he thinks he should. The boy fails to realize until the final chapters that he is a good outfielder and that is where the team needs him the most. Christopher's characters are well developed and support positive values of caring and self-worth. Jose's mother has died, and his father is raising his son and daughter. The child tries to do the right thing, but to his dismay, accidents do happen. The format in this easy-to-read chapter book is open and unintimidating; full-page, black-and-white drawings add to the appeal. --Blair Christolon, Prince William Library, Manassas, VA
Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
All Jose wants is to make his dad proud by hitting the average his dad got while playing in the minors. But no matter how hard he practices, he just cannot be the hitter his dad was. One mistake after another sets Jose's and his dad's relationship on a downward slide and Jose begins to believe that he will never make his dad happy. When his sister begins to play softball and establishes herself as the best hitter on the team, Jose is certain that he has lost any chance of making his dad proud. But what Jose fails to realize is that he is an amazing centerfielder and that his team relies on him more as an outfielder than a hitter. Jose's mind is only put at ease, however, when his father catches one of his games and admits just how proud and impressed he is with Jose's talents as an outfielder. This simple story is filled with baseball terminology, highlighting the plays of each of Jose's games, and will appeal to fans of baseball. Reviewer: Danielle Williams

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Peach Street Mudders Series
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Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.16(d)
640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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Matt Christopher is the best selling name behind more than 100 sports-themed books for young readers.

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Centerfield Ballhawk (Peach Street Mudders Series) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
cornerbackj More than 1 year ago
The book that I will be telling you about is Centerfield Ballhawk. The author of the book is Matt Christopher. What I thought that was cool about the book is that Jose tried to raise his batting average to .375 like his dad and he never gave up. I also thought it was a good book because it is about baseball and I like baseball. It also always keeps you guessing. The main characters of the book are Jose, his dad, and Richie. The setting of the book is Jose's house, the batting cage, and the ball field. The book is about Jose being a good outfielder, but he isn't a good batter and he doesn't think his dad is proud of him. Jose wishes he could bat like Richie, but he can't. Jose also wants to reach his dad's batting average of .375. Jose likes to play pepper in his yard. One day he hit the ball too hard and broke the window of his neighbor's new car. He had to pay for a new window and he was grounded for two weeks and missed the next game. When Jose was grounded he went to the batting cage and practiced so he could get better. He accidentally fouled a ball off and bruised his cheek. He tried to cover it with his hand when he went home so his dad wouldn't see it. He forgot about it and took his hand away and his dad saw the bruise. He got in even more trouble since he wasn't supposed to go in the first place. What Jose likes to do is play baseball and be with friends. He also always wants to be better. Jose is a good kid overall and he doesn't get in trouble much. Jose doesn't really change much but he does start to understand that he is a good outfielder and his dad is proud of him. He does improve as a batter throughout the story. Jose, his dad and Richie are really important to the story because if you don't have players you can't play. Jose is also important to the book because it is about him progressing and without him there would not be a story. Manny the main character of The Roar of the Crowd is similar to Jose. They both try hard to be better at their sport. Manny is trying to be a better football player and Jose is trying to be a better baseball player. They are both small kids and they are both determined. I enjoyed this book because my favorite sport is baseball and it is about baseball. I liked every part of it. This book is unique because a boy about my age shows that you can make any change you want if you try hard and never give up. I don't think the author should have changed anything because it keeps you guessing and he proves a lot of things in the book. I would recommend this book to my friends because it is a good book about baseball and shows that you can improve with hard work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago