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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Series: Matt Christopher Sports Classics
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (June 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316142131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316142137
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,934,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 4-7-Koby Caplin is the star pitcher for the Cardinals, the seventh-grade baseball team at Monticello Middle School. His friend Sara Wilson, sports reporter for the school newspaper, gives lots of press to the team and especially to Koby, hoping to increase student support. The publicity and a winning streak soon result in full stands at all of the games. Then a local TV newsman decides to do a documentary on middle-school athletics with Monticello and Koby as its focus. When the attention goes to his head, Koby forgets all about teamwork, loses a game, almost loses his friends, and nearly blows the conference championship. This fast-paced, easy-to-read story has plenty of baseball action. Excerpts of sports articles from the school paper, including trivia questions about real-life major league players, add a great deal of interest and the book's message is driven home successfully. A prime-time read for baseball fans.
Kate Kohlbeck, Randall School, Waukesha, WI
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

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

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
Prime Time Pitcher

This book tries to tell you not to get all wrapped around yourself and not forget about your friends. This is a good book if you lost a friend, even if you're not a sports fan. This book is 138 pages long and is by Matt Christopher. He has written 37 other sports books for kids.

Koby Caplin is an 8th grader at Monticello Middle School and plays baseball there and he is a very good pitcher. A local news station wants to do a documentary on middle school athletics and they want to interview Koby. They have more than enough errors in the first game that is filmed on TV, Koby hopes every game they play doesn't end up like this one. He hates the things Sara is saying about him in the Monticello Middle School Newspaper, "The Megaphone." Can Koby handle the spotlight?

Try not to lose your friends but if you do this book would help you. If you like baseball you would like this book. In my opinion this is one of the best books I have ever read. I hope you like this book if you ever read it. I would give this book 4 ½ stars.
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Success or pride can easily go to a person's head if they are not careful. Then, unfortunately, the consequences can be devastating. It's like a bell-shaped curve on a graph. The line goes up and then suddenly takes a turn downward. Pride can ruin the day for any one. A tragic experience.
Prime-Time Pitcher is that kind of a story. Koby Caplin, main character, is doing great on the Monticello Middle School baseball team until he is interviewed by a TV newsman for a documentary. Now, with lots of attention Koby gets a swollen head. Soon thereafter, he forgets about teamwork, the baseball team starts to lose ball games, he nearly loses all his friends, and Monticello nearly blows the conference championship. Surely, everything appears to be going south.
Once again, Matt Christopher, gives readers a fast-paced, easy to read story with lots of action, and I like it. Marvin P. Ferguson, author of THE UNKNOWN BASEBALL PLAYER.
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By Mike S. on April 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
I loved the book. I loved the book because it influenced me to read matt's book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
Once I started this book I couldn't stop. Read about Koby and all he goes through in one of Matt Christopher best books yet!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
In my opinion, it was just o.k. it didn't have what a good book should have which is a good ending. Try it, you may like it.
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