From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5-- Henry Smith, a lonely nine year old, pretends to be a natural at both playing sports and winning. When faced with burglars in his house, he uses his brains and imagination to scare them off. Because of his heroics, "Smitty" finds himself the focus of the media in an actual softball game. Once again his quick thinking and imagination help him out. Slote's fast-paced plot featuring a likable protagonist make for an entertaining sports story. Henry, with all of his strengths and weaknesses, comes alive through interaction with his unusual family, his new friends, and his coach. The story breezes along with plenty of dialogue and lively descriptive passages. It should be a hit with young readers. --Janice C. Hayes, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro
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About the Author
Alfred Slote is the author of over thirty books, most of them for young people. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.