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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Library Binding: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (March 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385904061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385904063
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,183,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this uncomplicated tale, poor grades trip up a talented but arrogant eighth-grader destined (or so he thinks) to play for the local All-Star and high-school baseball teams. Bored to tears in history class and on the verge of failing, Roy is nonetheless outraged when his divorced parents pull him out of all baseball—except the wretched weekend rec league—and saddle him with a tutor, who also happens to be his Dad’s new girlfriend. Roy’s bad attitude gets him off on the wrong foot with the tutor, his fellow tutee Valerie, and his irritatingly casual new teammates, but as common sense replaces ego he slowly both acquires better study habits and gets away from being a bossy showboat on the playing field. By the end he’s turned his grades and his relationship with Valerie around, and learned to be a team player. Though Heldring’s characters provide plenty of behavioral lectures and obvious role-modeling, Roy’s new wisdom and study skills are realistically hard-won, and the baseball action is compelling enough to keep Matt Christopher grads interested. Grades 4-6. --John Peters --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Thatcher Heldring lives with his wife and son in Seattle, a good place for indoor sports. Visit him online at www.thatchertheauthor.com.


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By Haley Bartsch on August 5, 2013
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I love this book it's awesome it's amazing it's fun I can relate yay yay yay yay yay yay !
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Roy is a jerk at the beginning but grows into a good team player and acquires needed humility. funny scenes in school that ant middle schooler will relate to.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 18, 2010
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Thatcher Heldring's ROY MORRELLI STEPS UP TO THE PLATE tells of an eighth grader who can't wait for baseball season to start so he can take his place as a shortstop for the all-star team. But when his parents find out he's failing history, they make him quit. Stuck on a losing team in a smaller league and spending time with a tutor, Roy finds his attitude needs adjustment in this story of a sports-loving boy who sees no need for school.
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My son had to read this book for a contest & ended up loving it!
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