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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545297141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545297141
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“[A] kid-smart novel . . . Northrop, a former reporter and editor at Sports Illustrated Kids, knows baseball and kids. He weaves an entertaining story about how the games we play can be mental as well as physical.” —USA Today

“A well-crafted story and fun read. The sharp dialogue, the characters and, yes, maybe even a little bit of [Jack’s] anxiety will resonate with young readers.” —Tom Verducci, senior writer, Sports Illustrated

“Plunked gives a marvelous degree of attention to the second-to-second details of youth baseball. Any kid who has ever loved a sport to the point of obsession will feel the fastball screaming into Jack’s batting helmet.” —Gordon Korman, author of Swindle

“Well-developed characters and a strong narrative voice make this novel about much more than baseball. . . . Pitch-perfect.” —School Library Journal

“Well-written . . . An uncommonly thoughtful baseball novel.” —Publishers Weekly

“Readers will appreciate this down-to-earth sports story that stays within its game, offering . . . a realistic story rooted in the writer’s knowledge of the game and what it means to its young players.” —Kirkus Reviews

“What Northrop does particularly well here is to dig into the deep, complex psychology of an at-bat, where there’s so much more going on than a simple meeting or missing of a ball and bat.” —Booklist

About the Author

Michael Northrop has written short fiction for WEIRD TALES, the NOTRE DAME REVIEW, and MCSWEENEY'S. His debut novel, GENTLEMEN, earned him a PW Flying Start, and his YA thriller, TRAPPED, was published in 2011 to great acclaim. An editor at SPORTS ILLUSTRATED KIDS for many years, he now writes full-time from his home in New York City. You can visit him online at www.michaelnorthrop.net.

More About the Author

Michael Northrop's first young adult novel, Gentlemen, earned him a Publishers Weekly Flying Start citation, and his second, Trapped, was an Indie Next List pick and an ALA/YALSA Readers' Choice List selection. His middle-grade novel, Plunked, was named one of the best children's books of the year by the New York Public Library and was selected by NPR for its Backseat Book Club. He is originally from Salisbury, Connecticut, a small town in the foothills of the Berkshire mountains, where he mastered the arts of BB gun shooting, tree climbing, and field goal kicking with only moderate injuries. After graduating from NYU, he worked at The World Almanac and Sports Illustrated Kids, where he was a senior editor from 2000 to 2008. His articles and stories have been published widely.

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After I read it, I let my sixth grade nephew read it and he gave it five stars, too.
Ryan Field
He read it over the summer the first time, then we started school and he said that he wanted to read the book again because he can take an AR test on it.
K. roberts
It doesn't matter what age you are, if you like baseball, you will probably enjoy this quick read.
William G. Straub

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Field on March 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm always reading and hearing that there aren't enough books out there geared toward boys in MG and YA. Well, this book certainly makes up for that. After I read it, I let my sixth grade nephew read it and he gave it five stars, too. It's not just about baseball. It's about a young boy's quest to overcome his fears and insecurities while he's learning how to become a full grown man. His POV is as authentic as any other I've read in this genre and I found myself cheering him on all through the book. I would recommend this to anyone without hesitation. It's as well written as it is endearing and one of those e-books that's well worth what I paid for it. I would also recommend reading this author's other books as well, "Gentlemen," and "Trapped." Both are as good as "Plunked," and all three are very different.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. roberts on October 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have not read the book but my 8 year old son has read it twice! He read it over the summer the first time, then we started school and he said that he wanted to read the book again because he can take an AR test on it. He Loves this book,he kept telling me as he read what was happening. You know its a good book when you want to talk about what is happening. All in All my son rated it a 5 star he said its one of his favorite books.
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By Richie on November 22, 2013
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I overall liked the book. It was a good story and I thought the main character was a likable person. I . Just wished it would have had a more Interesting climax. But I liked it overall
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I loved the book
I loved that it was about baseball because it is my favorite sport and I play it a lot.
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Format: Hardcover
It doesn't matter what age you are, if you like baseball, you will probably enjoy this quick read. I do have to wonder how 6th graders can do things that major league players do. Take a pitch from a pitcher and hit it exactly where you want to. Throw a curve, a fast ball and a change up, just where you want to throw it. Inside, outside,high,low, in the dirt, etc. Most major league pitchers can't do that. I imagine that is why the book is fiction. Still fun to read, even for an adult.
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