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Title:
Heavy hitters
Author:
Lupica, Mike, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., 2014.
Physical Description:
219 pages ; 22 cm.
Summary:
Ben and his friends, the Core Four Plus One, are so excited to play in their town's All-Star Baseball league. But in the first game of the season Ben gets hit by a pitch. It's never happened to him before and it shakes him up. Another player on Ben's team, Justin, is acting really weirdly. Ben has known Justin for a while and they're friendly but he's not one of Ben's closest "boys." Justin is the team's best hitter but his behavior on and off the field is erratic. Ben discovers that Justin's parents are getting a divorce and Justin is thinking about quitting the team. Like good teammates do, Justin helps Ben deal with his issues at bat while Ben is there for his friend while his family is struggling.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
940 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.3 8.0 164854.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 7.3 11 Quiz: 63229.
ISBN:
9780545381840
Format :
Book

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Mike Lupica presents the third book in his NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Game Changers series!

Ben and his friends, the Core Four Plus One, are so excited to play in their town's All-Star Baseball league. But in the first game of the season Ben gets hit by a pitch. It's never happened to him before and it shakes him up.

Another player on Ben's team, Justin, is acting really weirdly. Ben's known Justin for a while and they're friendly but he's not one of Ben's closest "boys." Justin is the team's best hitter but his behavior on and off the field is erratic.

Ben discovers that Justin's parents are getting a divorce and Justin is thinking about quitting the team. Like good teammates do, Justin helps Ben deal with his issues at bat while Ben is there for his friend while his family is struggling.


Author Notes

Michael Lupica (born on May 11, 1952 in Oneida, New York) is an American newspaper columnist. At the age of 23, Lupica began his newspaper career covering the New York Knicks for the New York Post. In 1977, he became the youngest columnist ever at a New York newspaper when he started working for the New York Daily News. He has also written for numerous magazines during his career including Golf Digest, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, ESPN: The Magazine, Men's Journal and Parade. In 2003, he received the Jim Murray Award from the National Football Foundation. He has been a television anchor for ESPN's The Sports Reporters and hosted his own program The Mike Lupica Show on ESPN2.

Lupica has written both fiction and non-fiction books. His novels include Dead Air; Limited Partner; Jump; Full Court Press; Red Zone; Too Far; Wild Pitch; and Bump and Run. He also writes the Mike Lupica's Comeback Kids series. He co-wrote autobiographies with Reggie Jackson and Bill Parcells and collaborated with William Goldman on Wait Till Next Year. His other non-fiction works include The Summer of '98; Mad as Hell: How Sports Got Away from the Fans and How We Get It Back; and Shooting from the Lip.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The Core Four return in this Little League addition to Lupica's Game Changers series. Ben McBain and his friends are determined to prove the Rockwell Rams are the best team in the summer league, but right off the bat, they are pitted against obstacles bigger than their opponents on the field. An injury throws off Ben's game, and the usually unflappable Justin is moody and playing worse than ever. Friendship and family are at the forefront of this story, which is nonetheless packed with sports lingo and exciting play-by-plays that are guaranteed to hit home with baseball fans.--Smith, Julia Copyright 2014 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-7-Lots of things qualify as game changers for 11-year-old boys playing summer baseball: the player who gets suspended for throwing a bat, getting hit by the ball, the new kid in town who lives up to his last name of Braggs, and even the girl who prefers to hang out with the boys. There is plenty of action on the field as more game-changing events unfold before the playoffs for this team of all-stars who need to stick together to keep the season going. Though this is the third in Lupica's "Game Changers" series (after Play Makers), this one can stand alone. Reader Fred Berman keeps up with the pace of the games and drama that unfolds on the field while juggling the voices of adults, male and female, as well as tweens. There is no doubt how any of the characters are feeling as emotions are well depicted. Sports fans, especially those who love baseball, will appreciate this work, and it will especially appeal to reluctant readers and listeners.-Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.