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Home of the Brave (Sluggers) Hardcover – May 4, 2010
I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God
Through Bible stories, short devotions, and prayers, children discover the meaning of each name and how it relates to their lives. Hardcover
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About the Author
Phil Bildner is the author of the New York Times bestselling Sluggers! series, the Texas Bluebonnet Award–winning Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy, its companion The Shot Heard ‘Round the World, and Turkey Bowl illustrated by C.F. Payne; and Twenty-One Elephants, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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In Ruby’s Words
© 2010 Phil Bildner
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With the Chancellor's men still in pursuit, the Payne family and the barnstormers hop a train and head for Baltimore to bury Uncle Owen. Now that the Chancellor has the baseball, he believes he controls the destiny of the game --- and still demands payment for Uncle Owen's debt. While grieving for the loss of their uncle, the children must come up with $10,000 by the end of the month, and they are one player short. After switching trains one morning in the nation's capital, they take a chance and emerge from the station. As they walk down the streets and take in the sights, a familiar figure emerges from the fog. They have found their ninth player.
Their match is to be held at Union Park against the Baltimore Bombers in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the national anthem. But the evil and greedy Chancellor doesn't want to lose, so he has assembled a team with half of the Bombers coming from the Baltimore Orioles. While promoting the game, Graham meets a young player with exceptional gifts. On the day of the game at Union Park, flags flare, rockets glare and bombs blast through the air, but even more shocking and thrilling events await the team.Read more ›
You should read this book because it is amazing how the author puts what is in history into the book and makes you want to read more and more. We were so sad when the series was over. We think this series should be turned into movies! They'd be blockbuster hits for sure!!
All ages of people would love this book. From 8 year olds up to 80 year olds!
Partly for that reason, partly because of an exciting baseball game, and partly because of a new little kid introduced who seems to be even better at baseball than Graham, this book is the best in the series. My son totally loved it and was far more gripped by it than any of the other books.
As in all the books, it feels like you're truly in another time and place:
* great black and white artwork
* use of colorful, old-time baseball language
* colorful, memorable characters
In all the books, my son totally loved the old-time language like "daisy cutters" and "pill" and "hurler," etc. He thought the books were good but the first was the slowest of them and this last book had the most gripping action. It was also the scariest book of the 6, which was appealing to my son.
I stick with my conclusion from book 1: I think this series is great for the kid that loves baseball and likes reading series, including my own son. But just understand that you really need to read this series in its entirety, starting from book 1, to fully appreciate it.