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Magic In The Outfield (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Sluggers) Library Binding – February 24, 2009

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Series: Sluggers
  • Library Binding: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback (February 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606145257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606145251
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,683,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Loren Long illustrated President Barack Obama’s Of Thee I Sing; the newest version of The Little Engine that Could; Madonna’s second picture book, Mr. Peabody’s Apples; Nightsong by Ari Berk; and the Barnstormers series. He also illustrated Frank McCourt’s Angela and the Baby Jesus and is part of the Design Garage for Jon Scieszka’s Trucktown series. Loren’s work has appeared in Time, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic. He lives with his wife and two sons in Westchester, Ohio. Visit him at

Phil Bildner is the author of the New York Times bestselling Sluggers! series, the Texas Bluebonnet Award-winning Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy and its companion, The Shot Heard 'Round the World, both illustrated by C. F. Payne; and Twenty-One Elephants, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. His latest picture book is Turkey Bowl, illustrated by C.F Payne. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Golton on January 2, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My 6 year old son loves baseball and before the holiday season asked for a gift that met the following criteria:

* about baseball
* has chapters
* has magic
* is scary

Yes - he really did ask for that, I'm not kidding.

This set of books met these criteria so I bought the first 4 in the series for him as a gift. I've read him the first 2 books so far and they both had some great things going for them which combined to make you feel like you were truly in another time and place:

* great black and white artwork
* use of colorful, old-time baseball language
* colorful, memorable characters

However, this first book ended in a way that felt like it was half way through a book - a book without a conclusion. The combination of this book and Horsin' Around (book 2) would have made for a much better, more complete book, as it clued you in more as to what was actually going on with the story. More importantly, it had a satisfying conclusion (though strong hints of more to come).

My son agreed with me but for different reasons. In both books, he totally loved the old-time language like "daisy cutters" and "pill" and "hurler," etc. He thought both books were good but in the second, the baseball game is far more exciting. He also didn't think the books were all that scary and it took explaining from me for him to understand subtleties like why it's scary to have very rich person aligned against you or in book 2 how gambling and debts can get you into trouble. I think these books are aimed at kids who are a couple years older - though my son totally loves all the baseball parts. It will be nice for him to read these again in a year or two when he's able to easily read books on his own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lori Calabrese "Children's Books Examiner" VINE VOICE on July 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
Published as Barnstormers: Game 1, Magic in the Outfield (Sluggers) is an old-time baseball story that is a must-read adventure.

The story begins as Griffith, Graham, and Ruby have just attended their father's funeral, and the siblings are left with many questions.

"Mother said we're going to be barnstormers. What does that mean?" Ruby asks. Uncle Owen explains that barnstorming is when folks travel around the country presenting plays, giving lectures, or performing exhibitions like dancing, tightrope walking, or baseball.

Turns out, barnstormers can make a lot of money which is why the kids must join their mother and their father's wartime traveling baseball team, The Travelin' Nine, on a tour of America. No one will tell the kids why the team needs money so badly. Their only clue is a baseball with a hole the size of an acorn in it that their Uncle Owen gives to them the night of their father's funeral. They know very little about its significance except that their father made it with his own two hands and carried it with him throughout the war.

Uncle Owen not only entrusts them with the ball, but lets them know that great danger lies ahead and they need to be together, always.

In this first book in the series, the Travelin' Nine head to Cincinnati to take on the local team. As the game progresses,the kids learn that when all three of them hold the ball, strange things happen. What would you think if a massive locomotive came thundering in the outfield during a baseball game? To make it even more mysterious, only the Travelin' Nine and the kids are the ones to witness the marvel.

Since this is the first book in the series, many questions are left unanswered that make you want to pick up Sluggers 2.
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