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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 540L (What's this?)
  • Series: Matt Christopher Sports Classics (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (May 30, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316139858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316139854
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Matt Christopher is the best selling name behind more than 100 sports-themed books for young readers.

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Matthew F. Christopher was born on August 16, 1917, in Bath, Pa. He was the oldest of nine children and a talented athlete, playing baseball, football and soccer in high school. He became interested in writing at the age of 14 and in 1940 had his first story published in a detective magazine. He began writing children's books in the mid 1950's with the publication of THE LUCKY BASEBALL BAT (Little, Brown and Company).

Christopher became well-known for his sports fiction novels for children with over 130 titles bearing his name. He was awarded numerous writing honors from state organizations as well as the 1993 Milner Award. Besides books, he had about 275 short stories and articles published in over 65 children and adult magazines over the years. He is considered America's best selling sports book author.

Matt Christopher and his wife Cay were the parents of four children and the grandparents of ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He died in 1997 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
The book I'm reviewing is Catcher With A Glass Arm by Matt Christopher. I think it deserves five stars. The problem in the story is Jody the main character has a glass arm. Jody thinks he could play, but his teamates don't think he can. Although his teammates don't believe in him, Jody plays. Jody starts catching badly and he is starting to think he can't play. Jody solved this problem by talking to Mr. Baruth. Mr. Baruth tells him not to care about what his teammates think. Then he says "As long as your happy playing baseball, then play." Jody gets his confidence back and plays very well. I recommend this book to a friend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 21, 2005
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My favorite book, Catcher with a Glass Arm, is written by Matt Christopher. I gave this story five stars. It is very enjoyable. I had a lot of fun reading it. My favorite part of the book is when Jody and his parents were riding in there car and it starts to rain. An electrical pole fell and they have to wait for the electrical workers to fix it. They have to stay in the car because it is raining outside and they don't want to get wet. If you like sports I really think you should read this book. Matt Christopher writes more books like The Lucky Baseball Bat, Baseball Pals, Two Strikes on Johnny, Little Lefty, Baseball Fly hawk, Hard Drive to Short, Too Hot to Handle, Challenge at Second Base and a lot more.

Emerson, NJ; fifth grade student
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 2001
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I think Matt Christopher's "Catcher With a Glass Arm" was a great book. It just amazes me that he knows so much about sports. When it came down to the part where the book said the Dolphins came in second place over all, I thought the book was over, but no sirree bob, Matt kept on going. Great book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
The Catcher with the Glass Arm was a very exciting book.It was exciting for me because it was a sports book, and I like sports. This book was one of the best books I've ever read. Catcher with a glass arm is about a boy who has a glass arm and when ever he has to throw the baseball he either over throws it or throws it too short. Then a guy comes along and helps him with throwing and how to throw it better and to relax and to always practice, because practice makes perfect. So the boy gets better and better and can throw the ball with no problem.
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Jody is the primary catcher on his baseball team and he has a mental problem. Although his arm is strong enough, his mind gets in the way when he attempts to throw out runners trying to steal bases. He is so fearful of overthrowing the base that he regularly bounces the ball in. Consequently, runners take advantage of him at every opportunity. His problems are further compounded when he gets hit in the head by a pitch. Although his helmet keeps him from being injured, the incident further clouds his thinking and now he has trouble hitting. Jody's courage is tested when he is forced to rescue his cat Midnight from a cave and with the help of some knowledgeable adults; he is able to work through his baseball fears.
Good adolescent sports fiction is about people facing challenges, working through adversity and not giving up until the task is completed. This book satisfies all of those criteria and since it features boys in realistic situations, there is the additional advantage that young boys participating in sports can relate to the problems Jody faces. For these reasons I recommend this book.
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As a kid I always wanted to be a catcher. Squatting behind home plate in catcher's gear and listening to the loud thud sound every time a baseball landed in a catcher's mitt intrigued me. But I would never be a catcher. I envied every body who could catch. I was a southpaw and southpaws were never chosen to be catchers.
There's a good side and a bad side to this story. Jody, the main character, is lucky enough to be a catcher. But the troubling side is that he has a glass arm and has developed a fear for catching a pitch and improving on his throwing. I can understand this because every kid feels he has to be super good to play on the baseball team and be accepted by his or her teammates. Fear can be a crippling circumstance and to overcome it may not always be easy. However, when Mr. Baruth comes along and gives Jody some practical advice along with practicing, his confidence increases and his performance improves. Hurray!
Kids who like baseball will love this exciting story. Using baseball as a platform I like stories about the comeback kids in the neighborhood and so will you. Marvin P. Ferguson, author of BOYS ON THE GOLD COAST.
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My 8-1/2 year old boy loves this book! He reads a chapter a night right before bed. He loves baseball so he can relate and imagine what's happening in the story. Very good series of books by Matt Christopher for baseball lovers for sure!

No pictures which I know is one thing my son is use to, especially coming from reading Diary of Wimpy kid books. But this is a good transitional chapter book.
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Loved this book really good you will get hooked I promise I don't like to read but I could not put this book down strongly recommend
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