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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054425208X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0544252080
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5–8—Most kids who are baseball-obsessed do not focus their obsession on umpiring. But since Casey's father and grandfather run the third best umpire school in the country, Casey's passion is understandable. He also wants to become a sports journalist. When one of his father's students is revealed as a former major league baseball player who disappeared after a steroid scandal, Casey thinks he has stumbled onto the scoop of the year. But after learning about journalistic objectivity, dealing with his parent's divorce, and helping keep his wacky best friend out of trouble, nothing is going Casey's way. Vernick has written a truly realistic 12-year-old boy in Casey. He is all kid; smart but impetuous, with a good heart. His yearning to be a reporter and get published without doing much work rings true, as does his eventual realization that big dreams do not happen without effort. The umpire school is an intriguing angle to use as a hook to the story. There is enough baseball to keep fans interested, and yet not so much that it might turn off non-sports lovers. The book includes discussions of major league drug use, the aftereffects of divorce, and a bit of parental neglect, but everything is balanced; it all feeds the story, nothing seems thrown in for sensationalism. A solid choice for middle-grade readers.—Geri Diorio, Ridgefield Library, CT

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"A strike is a strike, a ball is a ball. But what happens when the rules aren't so clear? You may scream at umpires, but you'll cheer and whoop for a kiddo who's trying with all his heart and guts to find a right way."
Gary Schmidt, two-time Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award Finalist
 
"Screaming at the Ump will make kids cheer! Baseball fans will love these funny, heart-warming characters, and the unique view of the game from behind the plate."
Tim Green, New York Times bestselling author of Baseball Great and Best of the Best
 
"This novel is a true original. If you’ve never read about umpire’s school before (and, seriously, who has?) you’re going to enjoy this book. Vernick’s writing is funny, poignant, and especially wise when it comes to dispelling the preconceived notions we sometimes cling to." 
Todd Strasser, internationally bestselling author of The Wave, Fallout, and other titles

"Vernick laces her tale with humor, plus credible insights into the truly difficult art and techniques of umpiring, as she leads her aspiring journalist to make some good choices in the wake of a realization that people (parents included) should have more than one chance to get their calls right."
—Kirkus Reviews

"Multiple threads come together in a well-crafted way when Casey realizes the same skills an umpire needs—being objective and fair, knowing the rules, and being int he right spot to make the call—also apply to becoming a good journalist and healing his broken relationship with his mother."
—Publishers Weekly

"It’s the peek into the world of professional umpire training that carries the interest here, culminating in the fictional but tantalizing event, You Suck, Ump! Day, in which students perform under intense pressure of a local crowd recruited to heckle them on the field."
—Bulletin

"Believable characters, fast-paced action, ample dialogue, Casey's first-person voice, and great descriptions of Zeke's hyperactivity make this a probable home run for lots of middle-schoolers."
—Booklist Online

"A solid choice for middle-grade readers."
—School Library Journal

More About the Author

Audrey Vernick writes fiction and nonfiction for kids and teens. A two-time recipient of the New Jersey Arts Council's fiction fellowship, Audrey lives near the ocean with her husband, son, daughter, and two dogs.

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Bravo, Ms. Vernick!
Susan Sloate, Author, FORWARD TO CAMELOT and STEALING FIRE
I thought it was well-written with entertaining and amusing dialog.
Wixby Bonnet
You don't have to be a baseball fan to enjoy this book!
J. Prather

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DJLA531 VINE VOICE on March 27, 2014
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I don't read a ton of middle grade (or books about sports for that matter), but I was intrigued by the journalism angle in SCREAMING AT THE UMP and would definitely recommend this to budding reporters. Casey has grown up surrounded by baseball because his father runs a school for umpires. But he himself doesn't want to be an ump, or even a player. He wants to write about baseball, and now that he's starting middle school, he'll finally have the chance to be on a newspaper staff.

Only when he gets there, he finds out that 6th graders never get to write -- they have to pay their dues by selling ad space. But what if the story of the century just happens to fall in his lap? What if a disgraced former major league player just happens to be at his father's ump school? In the course of pursuing his big break, Casey learns a lot about being objective and the importance of second chances.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 19, 2014
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Screaming at the Ump gave me a look inside an Umpire School, something I didn't even know existed. It also introduced me to young Casey Snowden, a sixth grader intent on making his mark in the world of journalism and figuring out what to do about his family. Casey is a well-developed character that I really enjoyed reading. His strong voice carries this story, and he always felt totally real to me. His anxiety about middle school, his mother, and his future all rang true. I was right there with him as he struggled through bad decisions, no decisions, and even as he fought to accept things when decisions were forced upon him. Casey offered up a true, emotional and heart felt portrayal of what it feels like to be of an age when you think you are old enough for everything then find out you still have a ways to go. He learns some valuable lessons in this story, but nothing ever comes across as heavy handed.

You don't have to be a baseball fan to enjoy this book! It's really funny, and the interactions between Casey and his friends are just priceless. I learned a lot about umpiring, and I think I will look at those umpires a bit differently the next time I attend a game. I really liked how the author brought in the drug abuse issues among baseball players. Casey has to confront some hard truths in this story, and I thought the author did a masterful job of pointing out the gray areas.

Screaming at the Ump is a well written, often poignant coming of age tale that will hold special appeal to baseball fans, although most anyone will be able to relate to young Casey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Sloate, Author, FORWARD TO CAMELOT and STEALING FIRE VINE VOICE on July 23, 2014
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SCREAMING AT THE UMP is a brilliant book that is deceptively simple--a book about baseball and two 12-year-old boys at an umpire school in New Jersey run by the family of one of the boys (Casey). The chapter titles, like everything else, are an immersion into baseball, and if you love baseball (and I do), this book reminds you of why: because baseball is life the way we want to live it, with clear rules, a beautiful field to play on and the possibility every day that if you aren't the goat, you can be the hero. Casey and his friend Zeke love hanging out at BTP (Behind the Plate), the umpire school Casey's dad and grandfather (Pop) own and run. But life is more complicated than baseball, and Casey is facing the consequences of his parents' long-ago divorce, with a mother he wants to keep at arm's length, a fledgling career as a sports reporter that doesn't look like it's going to get off the ground, and a new student at the umpire school who is still haunted by his past.

But the novel is also about Casey's love for his Dad and Pop and what they do, and about taking on the responsibility for the most outrageous moment of their Umpire Academy course: the infamous You Suck, Ump! Day that gives student umpires a chance to umpire in a real-life situation--with everyone in the stands screaming insults at them. Casey takes on a lot of responsibility in this book, and his errors are errors that you know come from limited perspective and lack of maturity.

Altogether, this is a beautiful novel that I hope gains a wide audience--not just a fast, easy read but one that will remind you about the lessons baseball has to teach us all.

Bravo, Ms. Vernick! You've got a fan in me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lori Calabrese "Children's Books Examiner" VINE VOICE on June 19, 2014
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I just love Audrey Vernick and she doesn't disappoint in this fascinating middle grade story. Casey digs deep into reporting and what's right regarding the news he has to share. Any fan of baseball, reporting, and writing will enjoy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By csm TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 21, 2014
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This book is just neat - not only does the main character get to realize his dream, he also gets some hands-on skills on dealing with every day adult problems like ethical situations. I think the author did a nice job of helping kids with solving day-to-day dilemmas and whether they really have the "salt" to make the correct and ethical decision.

The middle school kids I gave this to to read really enjoyed it, but particularly so if they loved baseball. Just a great story, one that shouldn't be missed. Recommend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Miller VINE VOICE on May 15, 2014
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Summary:
Casey has grown up around baseball. His family owns the leading Umpire School, so Casey knows all about the sport, but wants to write about it instead of play or umpire it. His dream job is to become a sports journalist that focuses on baseball. He believes his time has come when he gets to be on the middle school newspaper as a sixth grader. Unfortunately for him, 6th graders never get to write. When a rather large story seems to be thrown into his lap, he has to begin making choices about what leads to follow, what to believe, and what he should actually share. Casey begins to find out that not everything is as black and white as ball or strike.

My thoughts:
I really enjoyed this story. Casey is a very well drawn out character. As things become more difficult for him, you also begin to ask yourself questions of how far you would go into the investigation and where privacy meets the need to share things with the public. I think it was an interesting look at journalism and celebrity privacy at the same time. The dialogue is funny and there were definitely times that made me chuckle. My favorite parts were the ethical aspects and the growing up that Casey does. He is definitely not the same sixth grader that he starts up being.
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