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Plunked Hardcover – March 1, 2012

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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 is the New York Times bestselling author of TombQuest, an epic book and game adventure series featuring the magic of ancient Egypt. He is also the author of Trapped, an Indie Next List Selection, and Plunked, a New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing Selection and an NPR Backseat Book Club Pick. An editor at Sports Illustrated Kids for many years, he now writes full-time from his home in New York City. Learn more at www.michaelnorthrop.net.
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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
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,067,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Format: Paperback
The book Plunked by Michael Northrop was a good read for the most part. The main character Jack Mogens is a very enjoyable person in the story. He seemed like someone I could relate to due to that we are both teenage boys who have played little league baseball. However, I personally was hoping that the climax of the story would have been a little bit more interesting. It kept coming back to how Michael was hit hit in the head from a pitch and I felt it never really got off the subject especially towards the end. Other than that it was was a pretty good novel especially for middle school boys who like baseball.
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I had high hopes for this book as it is on a list of nominees for our state reading award. I was not impressed. The story line is flat. The characters are underdeveloped. The climax is weak with so little excitement and way too much build up.
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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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Format: Hardcover
When Jack Mogens is hit in the head by a wild baseball pitch, it leaves him shaken -- and suddenly skittish. Loaded with baseball play-by-play, this book is for all baseball-loving middle-graders.
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