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The Kid Who Only Hit Homers (Matt Christopher Sports Classics) Paperback – July 30, 1986

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When Sylvester meets George Baruth, he goes from being a terrible hitter to the boy who only hit homers!  But how will he answer some of the difficult questions that go with his new talent?

Matt Christopher's series of sports fiction novels have captured the imagination of young readers everywhere.  He also writes about basketball, hockey, soccer and other sports. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Series: Matt Christopher Sports Classics
  • Paperback: 151 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (July 30, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316139874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316139878
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,694 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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Format: Paperback
This was my favorite book for a time when I was about seven or eight. I read all the Matt Christopher books and this one was the only one I read more than once. Where as all his other books are pretty realistic tales where a kid learns an important life lesson from sports, this one is different in that it is is more of a fairy tale - kind of like magical realism for kids.
It's exciting enough to read about a kid who only hits homers but the book becomes even more interesting as a meditation on the meaning of success. The fact that I still remember this book at all is a true testament to how enjoyable it was. Buy it for your kid - among childrens literature, this book is a true classic.
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I grew up reading Matt Christopher books and now at the age of 20 I owe my great interest in baseball literature to him and his books. They are great for kids to get into reading about the sports they love to play and they teach great life and sport lessons espicially about humility. There will always be a place in my heart for his literature and this is probably his best book on baseball. Highly reccomended.
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The Kid Who Only Hit Homers, by Matt Christopher, tells of a young boy who desperately wants to play baseball for his school. Unfortunately, he is neither a good fielder nor a skilled hitter. He quits tryouts and decides not to play. On the final day of tryouts, the mysterious George Baruth approaches him. This man teaches Sylvester how to field and hit a homerun every time. (spoiler) Everyone starts to ask him questions about this mysterious man and how Sylvester hits a homerun each time he goes to bat. (spoiler)These actions go on throughout the book (spoiler)
Sylvester changes in several ways throughout the book. His skills as a baseball player increase dramatically. This leads to the improvement of his self-confidence, which allows him to feel more comfortable with himself.
This book was banned because of Snooky Malone's belief in everyone's being born under a star, which some readers interpret as ant-Christian. I think that this book shouldn't have banned. (spoiler)
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By A Customer on January 10, 1998
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Sylvester loved baseball, but he wasn't what you'd call a good hitter. He had already decided against joining the Redbirds when he met George Baruth. He said, " I'm going to help you become one of the best players ever." Before long Sylvester was hitting homers every time he was up to bat. But troubling questions come, like who is Mr. Baruth.
The book was great. It had good detail and the story was like it was based on a true story. If you like baseball it's a great book to read.
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By A Customer on December 6, 1998
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As a ten year old I've read 10 Matt Christopher books and this is one of his best. You may want to check out Hard Drive to Short. I thought this was his best so far.
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A Kid's Review on December 5, 2006
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I thought this was a great book because when I had to go to bed, I was still reading an hour later! I could not put it down. I would recommend "The Kid Who Only Hit Homers" because if you're into baseball and suspense, this is the book for you.

Sam W, 11

Framingham, MA
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A Kid's Review on February 28, 2005
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The story commences when Sylvester(the main character) misses his baseball tryouts by a single day. As a boy with little talent in a little town desperately seeking acceptance on the high school team, he convinces his coach to let him play. His mysterious trainer George Baruth, teaches him and helps his ability to grow as the book unfolds with minimal surprise in a mediocre plotline.

Overall I thought this book flowed nicely, but was met with many boring moments making me want to put the book down in anguish. I would recommend this book to young readers from the age of first to fifth grade with an interest in Baseball.

Your Friend,

Tim R.
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A Kid's Review on December 2, 2002
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I thought this book was great beacause you got to see this kid who always hit home runs. The child is only 8 years old, and never strikes out. He is also the pitcher for his team. I thought pitchers were not officiant hitters, but not for this kid he was awesome.The other team could never hit the ball.
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