Jimmy Fleming throws left, bats right and left, and is hoping to become Hudson City’s newest pitcher. But while he makes the team, things don’t go just the way he’d hoped. His teammates aren’t too welcoming, and his time on the mound is less than stellar. It doesn’t help that his dad is applying more and more pressure on him to be a star pitcher. Before long, Jimmy is wishing he’d never come to Hudson City. But Jimmy isn’t one to give up, and just when the season hits a low point, Jimmy’s pitches—and his attitude—begin to find their mark.
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Series:||Winning Season Series , #6|
|Product dimensions:||5.08(w) x 7.73(h) x 0.35(d)|
|Lexile:||700L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Rich Wallace lives in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.
What People are Saying About This
Play-by-play action . . . will engage young sports fans. (Booklist on the Winning Season series)
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Book Review Outline Book title and author: Southpaw by: Rich Wallace Title of review: An interesting sports book Number of stars (1 to 5): 4 stars Introduction Jimmy was the main character in the book. He was a seventh grader. He grew up in Pennsylvania. His mom and dad divorced. He lived with his dad in Hudson City. He is a left handed relief pitcher. He is described as lean and limber. He was also very dedicated. He worked hard to become a good pitcher. The book is all about Jimmy playing baseball on the Hudson City baseball team. The book is all about baseball. This book is the BEST book Rich Wallace has wrote. Description and summary of main points Southpaw was a book about a boy named Jimmy who had to move because of his mother's and father's divorce. He moved away from Pennsylvania to Hudson City to live with his dad. He made the baseball team, but things weren't easy for him. He was not the starting pitcher, and a first he didn't have any friends. After a few days Jimmy and Ramiro starting hanging out together. Ramiro was also a relief pitcher. Jimmy's baseball team, the Hornets, lost the first four games in a row. Jimmy didn't pitch in the second game. His dad was disappointed that Jimmy didn't play. Jimmy went to his mom's for the weekend. No place seemed like home to him. His dad coached him in Little League. Their team won the championship when he was in the fourth grade. His dad was always there for Jimmy. His mom wasn't around a lot .She liked to ride horses. She was a good person, but just not there much. At practice the next day, Coach Wimmer ended practice early. He told his players to forget about baseball and relax and have some fun. Coach Wimmer knew his team was a good one. They had talent and good attitudes. They needed a win. Jimmy went to visit his mom again. This time he missed Hudson City. On the way back home his dad had told Jimmy he never was much of an athlete, but he wanted him to be. That's why he pushed him. His dad thought Jimmy had a better chance of succeeding than he did. Jimmy's mom was a good athlete. Jimmy's dad told him the biggest factor in an athlete's heart is hard work. In the next game they were down again in the fifth inning. Jimmy went in to pitch. He also got to bat. Jimmy got walked. At the bottom of the seventh inning the score was 4-2. The bases were loaded. Jimmy was on third base. Spencer was up to bat. He made a powerful swing and Jimmy, David, and Willie all three scored. The Hornets had taken the lead 5-4. The Hornets ended up winning the game. All the teammates celebrated the victory, and they felt like there were more to come. Evaluation My evaluation to my book is it a four sports book. My opinion is the book is really good and is a great book for sport people. Conclusion The conclusion of my story was the Hudson City Hornets won their baseball game 5-4. Your final review My final review is it is a very good book. I enjoyed this sport book a lot. It was one of the best books I have ever read.