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Return of the Home Run Kid

Return of the Home Run Kid

4.7 10
by Matt Christopher

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Sylvester Coddmyer III is having a dismal baseball season until he takes advice from a mysterious ex-ballplayer named Cheeko and starts to play more aggressively.


Sylvester Coddmyer III is having a dismal baseball season until he takes advice from a mysterious ex-ballplayer named Cheeko and starts to play more aggressively.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The prolific Christopher has written yet another action-packed sports story, this one a sequel to The Kid Who Only Hit Homers. A new baseball season has started, but Sylvester Coddmyer III is not hitting homeruns like last year. In fact, he is hardly hitting the ball at all, until mysterious Cheeko appears and teaches Syl about aggression on the field. Though the boy begins to play well, he cannot help but question Cheeko's advice and is even more confused when his evasive coach from last season appears and advises him differently. Ultimately Syl must make his own decisions about how to play the game. This tale aptly explores the intangible aspects of baseball: attitude, confidence, camaraderie and respect. The author successfully balances sizzling play-by-play accounts of games with brief, general descriptions, thus creating a quick-paced story that vividly captures the sport's sights, sounds and spirit. With many facets of his life addressed, Syl becomes a believable and likable protagonist. Ages 8-12. (May)
Children's Literature - Melyssa Malinowski
Things are not going well. Last year, Sylvester was one of the best players in his baseball league, and now he is one of the worst. He cannot hit a homerun to save his life. Then he meets Cheeko, who claims to be friends with Mr. Baruth, his mentor from last year. The pair work on Syl's game, and he begins to improve. He is a little uncomfortable with some of Cheeko's suggestions about playing "dirty," but he follows them anyway. Can Syl lead his team to the championship? Will he ever see Mr. Baruth again, and just who is Cheeko, really? Matt Christopher is an excellent writer, as he captures the heartbreak and triumph of his characters and the heart of the game of baseball. This book is ideal for an elementary school library and reluctant readers; however, you really need to read The Kid Who Only Hits Homers to understand everything that is referenced in the plot. Reviewer: Melyssa Malinowski
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-- After starring as a power-hitting outfielder the year before, Sylvester Coddmyer finds himself relegated to the bench at the start of the new season because of a prolonged slump. He misses the coaching he received the previous season from the mysterious Mr. Baruth. Soon the boy is approached by the equally mysterious Cheeko, who offers to pick up where Mr. Baruth left off, and soon Sylvester is clobbering homers again. However, Cheeko also encourages him to play--some would say--an aggressive, dirty game. Sylvester's tricks and lack of team spirit eventually alienate him from everyone, including the reappearing Mr. Baruth, and these threads are not resolved in the conclusion. Also left ambiguous are the true identities of the coaches: Mr. Baruth is perhaps none other than the ghost of Babe Ruth, while Cheeko is probably the ghost of a pitcher discredited in the Black Sox scandal. All of this may be leading to a sequel that's reminiscent of the movie, Field of Dreams. This book, however, leaves everything hanging. --Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL

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Fitzgerald Books
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5.12(w) x 7.50(h) x (d)
Age Range:
10 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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Return of the Home Run Kid 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Read the title. It says it all. I do not want to give it away.
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MountainView More than 1 year ago
The book I read was called Return Of The Home-Run Kid by Matt Christopher.
It is the sequel to one of his previous books, The Home-Run Kid. This book is about
a kid named Sylvester Coddmyer the III. He meets this mysterious man called Cheeko,
who helps him become better, but also a dirty player. In the previous book, Sylvester could
only hit home runs, but things change when he meets Cheeko. Now everyone either sees him
as a bully or a hero to Hooper Junior High. Now, Sylvester realizes that he is
turning into something he's not, until he gets some help from an old friend.

I liked this book, even though it was a littler kid type of book. It wasn't really to
challenging for me. It didn't have any challenging words and the text and story
were very easy to understand. I would recommend this book to littler kids. It's not
a high school book; its more like a 7-12 year old book at best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is about a kid Sylvester who faces his challenge when he becomes a great baseball player again. When he meets a guy named cheeko that looks exactly like Eddie Cicotte that teaches him to play dirty unlike last seasons mentor George Baruth that looks exactly like Babe Ruth. They both taught him how to play but one teaches him to play fairly and the other does not.Also Eddie Cicotte and eight other players of the 1919 white sox were part of the BLACKSOX SCANDAL were players hit and played bad in the 1919 world seris. They did it because they were made at there coaching staff.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿Return Of The Homerun Kid,¿ by Matt Christopher, is about a young boy named Sylvester who plays baseball. The setting is mostly on a baseball field during or around today. During the story, two other characters come into the action. One, named Mr. Brauth, is one of his teachers. After Mr. Brauth is no longer in the story, one of Sylvester¿s friends, named Cheeko, comes into play. He helps Sylvester get his name as the ¿Homerun Kid¿ by teaching Sylvester how to play the game. One major conflict that happened is as Cheeko is coaching Sylvester, Sylvester started doing really good in his games and ended up getting a big head. After that lots of people started dislike him . Eventually Sylvester realizes that he was no longer liked, he then changes his attitude and becomes a team player once again. Christopher really did a good job on creating a picture of how the main character Sylvester acts and looks. ¿The Homerun Kid¿ really grabs the readers attention because of all the action that the baseball game expresses. One of the things that the reader might really enjoyed about the book is Christopher really did a great job in describing the characters and their surroundings. As a conclusion to this book, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys an action packed baseball story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Return of the Home Run Kid is an easy book to read and to learn.The protagoist of the story is Jermey and Cocheo.The antagonist of the story is Robert.I would recommend this book to Elmentary and Middle school kids because it talks about a sport you do alot and that is baseball.This is a book that you can read over and over again. I really like this book because I like baseball.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Return of The Home Run Kid, by Matt Christopher is a good book. I gave it 4 stars because it wasn't the best book that i've ever read. Don't get me wrong though, because I think it's still a good book. I think you get the point. It's about a young boy, Sylvester, that loses his 'power' to hit home runs. In the presequel, The Kid That Can Only Hit Home Runs, a man named Mr. Baruth helps Sylvester with his hitting and fielding. The results surely showed when Sylvester started making alot of nice plays in the field and at the plate. I won't tell you any more, that would give it away. Well, all i have to say is that this is a good book, and any baseball loving fan would enjoy it.