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Cal Ripken, Jr.'s All-Stars: Hothead Hardcover – March 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Series: Cal Ripken, Jr.’s All Stars
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; First Edition edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423140001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423140009
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #596,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Connor Sullivan is a talented player for his Babe Ruth League baseball team. His athletic prowess, though, is offset by his explosive temper, which earns him suspensions and the enmity of his teammates. He also finds himself the subject of critical articles by a student reporter, Melissa Morrow. At home, Connor�s father is out of work, the bills are mounting, and his parents do not have a lot of patience for Connor�s behavior. By the book�s close, though, Connor learns to keep his cool, helps lead his team to victory, and even finds that he is attracted to Melissa. The clich�s are abundant in this sports novel: Act like you own the batter�s box. This is your office. Go to work. Yet Hall of Famer Ripken and veteran sports writer Cowherd manage to convey honest emotions, particularly Connor�s frustrations when he is unable to maintain his self-control. Fans of standard sports novels will enjoy this. Grades 5-8. --Todd Morning

About the Author

Cal Ripken, Jr.was a shortstop and third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles for his entire career (1981-2001). Nicknamed "The Iron Man" for his relentless work ethic and reliability on the field, Ripken is most remembered for playing a record 2,632 straight games over 17 seasons. He was a 19-time All Star and is considered to be one of the best shortstops professional baseball has ever seen. In 2007 he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Since his retirement Ripken has worked as President and CEO of Ripken Baseball, Inc. to nuture the love of baseball in young children from a grassroots level. He currently lives in Maryland with his wife and two children.Kevin Cowherdhas been a writer for theBaltimore Sunsince 1987, is nationally syndicated by theLos Angeles Time - Washington Postnews service, and is the author ofLast Call at the 7-Eleven,a book of selected writings published by Bancroft Press. In 1990 he was honored by the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors for excellence in feature writing. He currently writes a sports column and blog for theBaltimore Sun. He is also a humorist, and an experienced Little League coach. He lives with his wife and three children near Baltimore.

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We purchased this book for our 10 year old son.
SandiL
This book has a moral to it which is good for children this age.
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This of course is also a lesson in good sportsmanship.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Cyrus Webb TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When you are trying to get young people to read, the best thing in the world you can do is give them a book about something they love and can relate to. With HOTHEAD by Cal Ripken, Jr. and Kevin Cowherd they have done just that.

The book takes you into the experiences of Connor Sullivan, a young man who pushes himself harder than anyone else and has the tendency not to take not reaching his own expectations very well. The result is a string of incidents that could threaten everything that he is working for and do more harm than good.

For individuals who love sports--regardless of your age---you will find this book easy to read and devour it up because it speaks to what you know about the game of baseball and those who play it. For readers like myself, you are definitely fall into the storyline, wondering what will happen to someone with so much potential and promise. Will he lose it all or learn how to keep his emotions in check?

I applaud Ripken and Cowherd for penning this book that is just what we need when it comes to not only telling a story that is very much true to life regardless of what your passion in life is. We all are faced with being our own worse enemy. Using sports as the bait, though, I feel the guys will also get individuals to pick this book up that would probably not be interested in another type of read.

Yes HOTHEAD is a cool read for young and old, regardless what your personal interest might be when it comes to the game. The storyline will be enough to keep you going until the very end.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
'Hothead' is a book that is more than a young person's reading. Those who love baseball and are Cal Ripken fans would enjoy this. It is a story about a first-rate young ballplayer, Connor who suddenly has become a hothead and faces the prospect of getting thrown off his team if he cannot control his tantrums on the field.
There is more to learn here than good sportsmanship. Connor's father has lost his job and even though he has a loving family and friends, tensions are high. We learn the value of friendship and confiding in them - many others have lost their jobs too. This of course is also a lesson in good sportsmanship.

Cal Ripken with Kevin Cowherd, a fine sports writer with the Baltimore Sun have written this book that many young, as well as older readers can identify with, whether they play ball or not. It is an example in what was called the Oriole Way in Ripken's playing days. It is not just about baseball though, but life, school, and friends.
It is written for ages 8-12. Younger baseball fans might enjoy having it read to them, as would those older adults that do the reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Austin on August 8, 2011
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I am 28 and play ball 5 day of the week. Big Orioles and Cal Ripken Jr. fan as well. I bought this book just to add to my baseball book collection but read the book because I had it. I too am a player than can have a bit of a temper and this children's book helped me put a few things I do during games into perspective. Long story short I think this children's book will help me as an adult on the ball field by controlling emotions.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SandiL on April 5, 2011
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We purchased this book for our 10 year old son. He isn't an avid reader, but is very into sports, particularly baseball. We thought this book would be a good read for him. He finished it in no time and plans to read it again. He loved the book, the characters, and the lessons learned. He couldn't stop talking about it. We would highly recommend this book.
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By Daniel Sweeney on July 2, 2014
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good book for kids with temper tantrums
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By Marvin P. Ferguson on May 22, 2014
Format: Paperback
Connor Sullivan is an All-Star shortstop on his Babe Ruth team, the Orioles. His fielding and hitting are super-good and out of this world. But he has one big problem. He has a temper. Some folks call it an 'attitude.'
When things don't always go his way he throws a fit by slamming down his batting helmet or throwing his glove. Soon his teammates are fed up and avoid him. Even the coach is ready to kick him off the team. To make matters worse with money problems at home Connor might not be able to attend the prestigious Brooks Robinson Baseball Camp that summer.
When Connor finally realizes that he must clean-up his act he wonders if it's too late to regain his teammates trust not to mention play in the prestigious baseball camp.
Keeping a 'cool head' is very important for every young baseball player, especially if he or she desires to maintain the trust of his teammates. Using his former major league baseball experience, Cal Ripken, Jr. shares with baseball fanatics an intriguing, exciting baseball story. Marvin P. Ferguson, author of THE UNKNOWN BASEBALL PLAYER.
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By Gabby on April 27, 2014
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These books always save me money and time. This is an excellent book for elementary school children. My son loved it.
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By Eric Baker on April 11, 2014
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it was good if you like baseball. it is worth your time if you like baseball. the professionally baseball at least.
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