Washington Post KidsPost columnist and author Fred Bowen ? perfect for fans of Mike Lupica and Tim Green.More than anything, T. J. wants to be a pitcher. But he?s smaller than his teammates, and his p
Calling all baseball fans!
Check out this action-packed Sports Story Series book from Washington Post KidsPost columnist and author Fred Bowen ? perfect for fans of Mike Lupica and Tim Green.
More than anything, T. J. wants to be a pitcher. But he?s smaller than his teammates, and his pitches just don?t pack the power they need to strike out the batters. So when T. J. learns about one of baseball?s early heroes, Pittsburgh Pirate Rip Sewell, he decides to try Sewell?s secret weapon. Will his teammates give T. J. the chance to prove that he can be a pitcher? And will T. J.?s secret pitch help lead his team to victory?
Author Fred Bowen offers another exciting story filled with on-the-field action and important themes of confidence and problem solving. An afterword provides the real story of Rip Sewell and his baseball career.
Discussion Guide available.
Exciting team play-by-play action, snappy dialogue, realistic conflicts, and engaging plots enhance these middle grade novels which feature fascinating glimpses into sports history.
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?[Bowen?s pacing is excellent and he has a knack for efficient evocation.? ?The Washington Post
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?Basketball fans will empathize with an eighth-grade star center?s struggle?. Marcus learns a valuable lesson about self-image and open-mindedness. Fast-paced court action, vivid game descriptions, and an upbeat ending will lure middle-school and reluctant readers?. Bowen scores again with a satisfying blend of historical sports commentary and fiction.? ?School Library Journal
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