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The Contract (Jeter Publishing) Hardcover – September 23, 2014
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In the debut novel from Jeter’s post-retirement venture, Jeter Publishing, third-grader Derek dreams of a career playing shortstop for the New York Yankees. His parents even have him sign a contract—the first of many—stipulating expectations for his schoolwork, good sportsmanship, self-respect, and so on, with rewards if he succeeds. No multimillion-dollar contracts just yet! He will have to settle for dinner at his favorite restaurant. But when his grades start to suffer and he ends up stuck at second base on a losing Little League team, Derek begins to doubt if his dream will ever become a reality. At times, Derek’s rosy homelife and relentless positivity can be a little grating, especially considering the autobiographical nature of the book. Still, the ball game scenes are particularly well done. Jeter is adept at adding nuance to team dynamics; for example, the coach’s son continually receives undeserved accolades. With an automatic audience for this book, libraries would be hard-pressed not to have a copy on the shelf. (Booklist September 1, 2014)
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Jeter has his own publishing imprint with Simon & Schuster, where he will publish books by authors he finds have an something interesting to say. The first book under the Jeter Publishing imprint is for children ages 8-12 titled The Contract. Jeter wrote it with Paul Mantell, and it is based on his own life as a Little Leaguer.
Young Derek Jeter, called 'old man' by his mom because he went to school in a suit and carrying a briefcase, is a talented baseball player and a serious student. When his classroom teacher assigns the students an essay describing their realistic future dreams, Derek really wants to write that his future plans include playing shortstop for the New York Yankees.
He discusses this with his parents, who encourage him to realize how difficult it will be, but with his excellent work ethic and determination and practice, he can do just that.
Derek signs up for Little League and ends up playing on a team with his best friend Vijay. He wants to play shortstop, but the coach's son is the star shortstop with a bad attitude.
Much of the book describes in detail many of the Little League games, and children who love baseball will so enjoy the thrilling play-by-play. But this book is also one parents should read to or with their children.
Derek would not be the great player he is today were it not for his parents. They created a contract for Derek, detailing what he needs to do to set himself on a path to achieving his dream.Read more ›
This story also offers many important lessons for parents. Mr. and Mrs. Jeter are an amazing example to follow, and this book offers valuable insight for parents who aspire to raise respectful, hard working children. It is Mr. and Mrs. Jeter who create the contract for Derek to sign, and while they support him completely in following his dream, they also push him to practice greatness in all avenues of his life. Thanks to this book, parents all over the world now have a glimpse into what it takes to raise a champion- on and off the field. The Jeters prove this Proverb to be undeniably true: Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. 'The Contract' is full of life altering lessons and it tells an exciting story from our favorite baseball player's childhood- it's a Win/Win!
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My son received 3 Jeter books for Christmas so he hasn't been able to read this one yet. He likes the one he's reading now (Hit & Miss) and I'm glad I was able to find some books... Read morePublished 12 days ago by J.L.D.
Great book and even stronger message for all who read it. My son even came to me and asked for a contract of his own that he follows religiously ! Read morePublished 28 days ago by Rick B
I haven't read this book but my 11 year old, baseball loving son can't put it down. He is a reluctant reader generally and I have to make him read. Not with this book! Read morePublished 28 days ago by Angry Customer
My guess is that this isn't by Derek Jeter at all, but by the "collaborator." At least I hope that's true, in view of my high regard for Jeter. Read morePublished 1 month ago by T. M. Scott
I liked the Contract his parents used to teach him and his siblings about being responsible. Book lets you get to know Derek.Published 2 months ago by Sharmama629
This book is well written, and easy to read. My daughter found inspiration, and encouragement in this book. It helps put goals into perspective.Published 3 months ago by C. Clevenger
Great books especialy for kids, tells his story of when he was young and how his parents brought him up (great job Mom & Dad)Published 4 months ago by nycdgs44