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Title:
Spike it!
Author:
Christopher, Matt, 1917-1997.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown, 1998.
Physical Description:
147 pages ; 20 cm
Summary:
Unhappy at having to share space and family with her new stepsister Michaela when her father remarries, thirteen-year-old Jamie is further dismayed when Michaela joins her volleyball team and becomes a star player.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
700 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.5 4.0 34972.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.6 6 Quiz: 13307 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780316134514

9780316134019
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Book

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Unhappy at having to share space and family with her new stepsister Michaela when her father remarries, thirteen-year-old Jamie is further dismayed when Michaela joins her volleyball team and becomes a star player.


Author Notes

Matt Christopher was born August 16, 1917 in Bath, Pennsylvania. He had a variety of odd jobs before focusing full time on writing including playing shortstop for a Class C minor-league team in Smith Falls, Ontario. He also drove trucks and sold umbrellas and worked in a theater. Christopher finally began his writing career in 1940, when he wrote a detective story that was accepted by Detective Box Magazine in 1943

His first children's book was The Lucky Baseball Bat, published in 1954, which was in print for 25 years. Christopher was the best-selling author of more than fifty sports books for young readers. He is best known for his sports novels for children as well as his many short stories and articles in numerous children's and adults' magazines. His later works include Dirt Bike Racer, The Spy on Third Base, and Skateboard Tough. Christopher wrote 78 books in all and over 250 magazine articles and short stories.

Matt Christopher dies in 1997.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8Eighth-grader Jamie Bonner is one of the stars of the East Side Middle School volleyball team. Only five days before remarrying, her widowed father announces the big news to his daughters. For Jamie, adjusting to her new 13-year-old stepsister is more of a shock than the marriage. Michaela seems to be perfecttall, pretty, smart, talentedand soon seems to take over Jamies life, including her bedroom, friends, and the boy she likes. At least Jamie still has her volleyball to herself. But after one of her teammates sprains her wrist, guess who joins the teamand, of course, is perfect at volleyball, too. Eventually, Jamie realizes that Michaela is also adjusting to a new life and family, and all ends happily. The story captures typical kid-speak dialogue, and the resolution of the blended familys adjustments and difficulties are believable. Theres enough action and mild teen angst to satisfy many readers, especially those yearning for sports fiction not dominated by boys.Kate Kohlbeck, Randall School, Waukesha, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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