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Plunked (edition 2012)

by Michael Northrop

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I would recommend this to a friend if they were interested in baseball. I would tell them that it was a book that touched the feelings of what real batter face. 4Q3P The cover art is awesome and I'd recommend this to middle school students. I chose to read this book because I love baseball. JosephL
  edspicer | Dec 30, 2014 |
A story about a young boy named Jack Mogens and is very good at baseball until one day he can't bat as well anymore. He strikes out and doesn't want to get back into the game. The crowd goes is happy when he walks back onto the field.
Sports, overcoming fear

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  hatease | Nov 30, 2014 |
From April 2012 SLJ
Gr 4-7:—Well-developed characters and a strong narrative voice make this novel about much more than baseball. Jack Mogens is ready for his sixth season of Little League. He has a good arm, he's a decent hitter, and he thinks he has a shot at being the starting left fielder for the Tall Pines Braves. But when he gets hit during the first game and ends up being treated for a mild concussion, his lack of confidence about inside pitches turns into real trepidation. Nightmares about being frozen in place as the ball comes toward his head don't help matters, and he finds himself trying to hide his fear of batting from the rest of the team. Things only get worse after a vindictive teammate drills him in the ribs during practice, and suddenly Jack is making excuses to his coach, his parents, and his friends about why he can't play. He seriously considers quitting the team, even though it has been an integral part of his life and his friendships over the years. Throughout the story, as he relates events during the school day and outside of the practices and games, his self-effacing humor is pitch-perfect for a sixth grader. But it is during his soul-searching about whether he can move beyond his fears that the adolescent poignancy and lack of confidence really come through. The dialogue is fresh, the pace moves nicely, and readers will enjoy seeing how Jack finally manages to get his head and his heart back into the game.— ( )
  KimJD | Apr 8, 2013 |
Pure baseball on and off the field. ( )
  geraldinefm | May 6, 2012 |
I would only reccomend this book to a friend who is a baseball fan. The book would be hard to understand if they didn't (know) baseball or the lingo that goes on with baseball sayings. The story has a great storyline and the author did a great job of keeping the book exciting, such as when it's time for a baseball game; he goes through the emotions of excitment.(such as when) The palms are seating and goose bumps on my arms. This was a great book. Q5P5 AHS/Max M
  edspicer | Apr 16, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0545297141, Hardcover)

When a young slugger gets hit by a pitch, he needs more than practice to get back his game.

Sixth grader Jack Mogens has it all figured out: He's got his batting routine down, and his outfielding earns him a starting spot alongside his best friend Andy on their Little League team, the Tall Pines Braves. He even manages to have a not-totally-embarrassing conversation with Katie, the team's killer shortstop. But in the first game of the season, a powerful stray pitch brings everything Jack's worked so hard for crashing down around his ears. How can he explain to his parents and friends why he WON'T be playing? Readers will root for Jack as he finds the courage to step back up to the plate.

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Sixth-grader Jack Mogens loses his nerve after getting hit by a pitch, and has to dig deep within himself to avoid giving up the sport he loves.

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