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Long Shot for Paul Hardcover – 1966

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; Firdt Edition edition (1966)
  • ASIN: B0019QU7VG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,364,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
Would you think that a disabled kid could learn so fast? Well Paul can. In Matt Christopher's Long Shot For Paul , the main character, Paul, learns to play basketball in 2 weeks. He and his brother Glenn are playing for the Sabers, but the players are being hard on Paul. Will the players accept Paul?
I thought this book was awesome. It was a sports book and I love sports. Any kid who is into sports should read this book. On a scale from 1 to 10 this would definitely be a 10.
I bet the author wrote this to get people to understand that just because people are different, it doesn't mean that they are not good at stuff or they aren't nice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
Matt Christopher's Long Shot for Paul is an awesome and encouraging book. Glenn , a normal young boy, teaches his brother Paul how to play basketball. The main problem was that Paul was mentally handicapped. Basketball came slow to Paul.

My opinion of this book is that it is exciting and encouraging. Its exciting because you always want to know whats going to happen next. Its encouraging to know that Glenn is helping his brother get through the season. At first the coach won't let him play because they don't have enough jerseys. But when he gets his jersey he acts like the happiest kid on earth.

I'd recommend this book to you if you like basketball. But don't just read this one there area lot of other sports books with football, baseball, motorcross, tennis and more. The reason I like sports books is because they give me ideas on what to do during a game, and they're just good to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is a good book. It's about a boy named Glenn and his brother Paul, who is mentally challenged. Glenn helps Paul in basketball so he can make friends. But some people still won't accept him. This is a good book, and I would recommend it to any kid. It teaches you not to judge people just because they are different before you get to know them.
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Format: Hardcover
Glenn Marlette's brother Paul loves basketball and wants to play with him on the Sabers. Paul is mentally challenged and so learns much slower than other children. The context here is that Paul goes to a special school, there is a parent in the neighborhood that refuses to allow her boy to play with Paul and some of the other Sabers don't want Paul playing. The coach is sympathetic to Paul's desire and allows him to practice with the team.
Paul is enthusiastic but has some trouble learning the rules, in particular the rule about traveling. However, with steady encouragement from Glenn and constant practice in their driveway, Paul continues to improve and gets to play on occasion. As the season winds down, Paul scores a few points on the court and even more among the people around him. At the end of the season, everyone, even the parent that refused to allow her son to play with Paul, accepts him.
Adolescent sports fiction can teach the young person many lessons and this book is quite different than most in that it takes a sympathetic position towards a mentally challenged boy. It also demonstrates how times have changed since the 1960's when this story was published. This was before Special Olympics became so popular; when it was widely thought that mentally challenged children could not play and enjoy competitive sports.
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By Mildred on May 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a good book for kids. I bought it for my son because he likes basketball, so, even though he is not "developmentally disabled" (in Mr. Christopher's words), I felt that he could relate to it on at least one level. This is the story of Paul who really wants to be a very good basketball player, but, as his peers and his coach are quick to tell him, he is kind of a strange-looking and he can't quite hold the ball right. But Paul finds much success and love in his life, because his brother still cares about him, even though Paul does have a droopy face and drools sometimes when he's excited. This book was confusing at first; Mr. Christopher refers to Paul as "developmentally disabled," a term which I found rather too vague. Once I realize that what Mr. Christopher meant was that Paul was mentally ... not-right, the book made a whole lot more sense to me. So by this one, cross out all of the "developmentally disableds," and replace them with "mentally not-rights," so your child will understand. Put this one under the Christmas tree!
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