Toby Wheeler: Eighth Grade Benchwarmer

Toby Wheeler: Eighth Grade Benchwarmer

by Thatcher Heldring


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440421832
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 11/11/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 821,979
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

THATCHER HELDRING grew up in the Pacific Northwest, where he taught himself to write and play sports—though not at the same time. Heldring has had several jobs in publishing. He has also worked as a grocery bagger, a ditchdigger, a small forward, a goalie, a scorekeeper, a coach, a rabid fan, a benchwarmer, and a shortstop. He lives with his wife and son in Seattle, a good place for indoor sports.
   He is the author of Toby Wheeler: Eighth-Grade Benchwarmer, Roy Morelli Steps Up to the Plate, The League, and The Football Girl. To learn more about Thatcher and his books, visit him online at or follow @theldring on Twitter.

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Toby Wheeler: Eighth Grade Benchwarmer 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
SFiolic More than 1 year ago
The book is about Toby Wheeler who is a gym rat at a local rec center. His friend JJ is on the school basketball team. One day Toby and JJ are playing a Basketball game, and a man that Toby has never seen before observes the game with JJ's dad. After the game, the man approaches Toby. The man turns out to be the new basketball coach and asks Toby to join the school's basketball team. Toby at first doesn't want to join the team, but is convinced to join. His first practice doesn't go very well. For the first few games Toby has to sit on the bench and watch the games. When coach final puts Toby in a game, Toby screws up and he is taken out. Then Toby starts to improve in practice and is put into games more often. For the final championship game Toby gets to play the final minutes of the game and has a large impact on the final result of it. I did like the main plot of the book but it was too predictable. The main character starts as a bench warmer then a the end of the book he turns into a valuable player. If some one wants to get organized as much as Toby did in a sport. It would take a lot more practice. I recommend this book to anyone in 6-8 grade. It is a fast read and is very interesting.
delias on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Toby Wheeler plays basketball in the rec center. His best friend is the star of the school basketball team. When Toby is asked to join the team, his self-confidence falters with with the new stern coach. It doesn't help things that he develops a crush on the coach's daughter. Toby is forced to sit out most of the games, but he soon learns the value of working as a team. This would be a very good book for boy basketball player and is recommended by Phil Jackson, head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.
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Superbad More than 1 year ago
Toby Wheeler Eighth Grade Bench Warmer is a wonderful book. This book was very different than the others because it would have strong details that made you want to keep reading and then it would fade and add something it that you normally wouldn¿t understand. In my opinion this book was a really good book and fun to read if you like basketball or type of physical sports. The authors purpose in this story is teach you that you can¿t be the best at something when you first try it and want to be good you have to keep working at it and it¿ll get easier and you¿ll get much better at it. This book is about a kid named Toby Wheeler who plays in gyms for pickup games for fun with is best friend JJ. Well JJ plays school ball and doesn¿t have time to hang with Toby anymore. So Toby decides to give up playing in the gyms and go play real competitive basketball. Also he¿s going to show that all ¿gym rats¿ can play with high completion and be good. Toby automatically was thinking ahead and thought that he would start and play with JJ. The only problem was JJ wasn¿t as good as he thought he was and ended up being on the bench as the worst player on the team and to him the worst player in the world. So Toby has to prove himself in order to play with JJ and make the friendship with JJ stronger. All in all if you read this you will find a heartwarming and funny book about how a bench warmer feels and with Toby as the narrator this book will you will understand and feel what he had to go through. Compared to all the other sports books I¿ve read this one would probably have to be the best one I¿ve ever read so far. The author¿s style in this book is very different from other books because the way he makes you feel when you read it. The way it makes you feel is like your trapped in the book and you don¿t want to put it down because you¿re sunken into the story and you can¿t get out of it. All the characters in this story have the same purpose to try to win the championship or a basketball game. If you haven¿t read this story and you like sports you are missing out deeply because this story will change the way you look at sports and your life. The author of this book is Thatcher Heldring who lives in Seattle and with his wife and son. He and his family are all interested in sports such as indoor ones like basketball, indoor soccer and football. Also in his teenage and high school days he played sports. This explains why he is writing sports books because he lives around them. So in this story Thatcher Heldring is basically probably writing about his past experiences and what he has seen. This story was a very good story in which sports lovers will find interesting because of the way it can make you think of your old past memories when you first started playing sports. When Thatcher wrote this he must have had a good month because this book is amazing. This book should only be read by sports lovers and people who understand the game of basketball. I can say that this story will make you look for more books from this author because of his writing style. All in all I think this is probably the best story about a sport that I have ever read so far in all the books I¿ve read.
LukeD More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book. It is perfect for any sports lover. It has everything that has to do with basketball. It also teaches a lesson about giving 100 percent. You could tell that the author really put a lot of thought into this book. I really felt like I was in a basketball game while I was reading the book. That's how much I was into the book. Also I learned a little bit from the book. It teaches you that everybody on a basketball team is important no matter what their role is. There was a quote that said it takes everybody on the team and win. Even if you aren't a very good player every point you score helps the team. That told me that if youre the best player people are going to depend on you but you also need help from your teammates to win.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Life is simple. Toby Wheeler is just a gym rat playing pickup ball at the rec center with his best buddy JJ. But, things seem different lately. JJ is spending more and more time with his new friends instead of Toby.

Determined to hang onto his buddy, Toby joins the school's basketball team at the encouragement of the new coach. Maybe this way, he'll get to see more of JJ, since he's a basketball star. But, it seems like the only person Toby is seeing more of is the coach's daughter, Megan.

Other players on the team are encouraging Toby to stay away from Coach's daughter if he wants to be anything but a benchwarmer. This seems like good advice, except that Megan is the only girl he can talk to without turning into a clumsy, awkward fool.

This debut novel will definitely score with its readers, as Toby is just the kind of clueless but lovable character that middle-schoolers are sure to identify with. He navigates everything from losing friends and figuring out how to deal with girls to relearning things he thought he already knew.

Basketball fans will get their fair share of trash talk when Toby faces off against his rival, Vinny Pesto, on the court and off. Toby may be clueless in some areas, but when the clock runs down, he knows it's time to take a shot.

Heldring's style is easy and fun to read. I look forward to more books by this fabulous new author!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is truely a great book, especially if you play sports and don't get all the playing time you think you deserve. whats great about this book is that anyone can relate, you dont have to be just a sports fan. i'd tell you more about the book but you're just going to have to read it for yourself :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The worst!!!!