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Play Ball (Scrappers) Unknown Binding – March 1, 1999


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From Publishers Weekly

Hughes's (Family Pose; Team Picture) breezy writing style and a lineup of credible characters get his Scrappers series off to a winning start. If the Mighty Ducks abandoned the ice for the baseball diamond, they might look quite a bit like the Scrappers, the team that Robbie and Wilson must hastily assemble in order to play during the summer season. Young baseball devotees will readily forgive Hughes if he occasionally indulges in cliches to cheer on his play-by-play recounting of action on the field. The author counts more than balls and strikes here, as he focuses on such ethical issues as Robbie's punishment for inventing a "cousin" to fill out the requisite number of players to form a team, and the philosophy of the Scrappers' wise coach, who emphasizes teamwork over star treatment and refuses to play his top athlete until the boy's negative attitude changes. Three girl team members add some lively dynamics, as when plucky Gloria, vying with Robbie for the shortstop position, quips, "How come boys are always wrong?" in response to his claim that he is the better player. Readers will likely want to play ball with this team of characters. Up next is Home Run Hero, due the same month. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6-When Trent and Robbie forget to turn in their Little League applications on time, they are told that the only way that they can play is to assemble enough players to form another team. Because everyone else (who is any good) has already signed up, the boys have a tough time locating 12 willing members. They find them, though, and the Scrappers are born. Realistic details include the grouping of friends along gender lines, girls who fear they won't be treated as serious ball players, and teammates who blame one another for mistakes and misses on the field. By the end of the book, the children have learned something about team spirit and sportsmanship. Hughes also addresses the subject of honesty and, while some of the characters have consequences to pay for their lies, the author never gets up on a soapbox. An entertaining book.
Barb Lawler, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Series: Scrappers (Book 1)
  • Unknown Binding: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689819242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689819247
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,813,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
What a great book for all the kids out there, boys AND girls, that like to play baseball! We coach three Little League Baseball teams right now (ages 6-7, 8, and 10) and have recommended this series to all of our teams as a great summer reading program. The books are written for ages 8-12, but younger children with a pretty good understanding of baseball will enjoy reading the book with an adult. My 6 and 7 year old boys loved this book and are eager to read the next book (they are not big reading fans, so I was happy to support the reading habit by getting the entire series for them).
This is the first book in the Scrappers Series by Dean Hughes. As a general note on the series, each of the Scrappers books covers a different position on the team with tips at the back of the book on playing the position, some advice from the coach and trivia trading cards dedicated to the learning more about the game.
Play Ball (Vol. 1) is about two players who fail to make the deadline for the summer baseball league and have only two hours to find enough players to form a new team. When Robbie only finds eleven players, not meeting the required twelve player minimum, he creates an "imaginary cousin". This lie causes problems for Robbie before they even play their first game. Another problem for Robbie is that one of the players recruited is a girl who competes with him for his shortstop position causing rivalry between team members and subsequently a loss in an important game.
By the end of the book, the players(and the readers) have learned valuable lessons in honesty, consequences, team spirit and team work, and good sportsmanship!
Again, I think this is a great book for young baseball fans! It makes for a great summer reading program and keeps the attention of the young readers. Look for Home Run Hero (Vol. #2) by Dean Hughes also available now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29, 2000
Format: Unknown Binding
My son, aged 9 -10, and I read all of the Scrapper books and are dying for Mr. Hughes to write more of them. They combine real kids with real personalities and problems, with exciting play by play baseball scenes. These are "feel good" books, perhaps not great literature, but in the end the children overcome their issues and contribute to the team. They are engaging reading.
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A Kid's Review on April 12, 2002
Format: Unknown Binding
The main character in this book is Robbie. Robbie is on a baseball team. At a game a friend doesn't know how to swing. Also,in the story Robbie's cousin went on vacation so Robbie's team is going to need a girl, and she is pretty good. I recommend this book for kids 10, 11, and even 12 years old. This book is pretty good and exciting.
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By Dennis Brown on September 1, 2003
Format: Unknown Binding
I have read everyone of Mr. Hughes'Books about the Scrappers to my son...BR>He loves to read them time and again, you get caught up in the game with these kids (Scrappers) and how they become better players and become friends and real team players.
Sincerely,
Dennis Brown
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By georgann cassano on August 17, 2014
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