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The Hit away Kid (Peach Street Mudders) Library Binding – May, 1988

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Grade 3-4 Descriptions of strategies, both offensive and defensive, abound in Christopher's latest sports story, and an understanding of baseball terms and plays would be helpful for enjoying the action that is described. Barry McGee, a left fielder and hit-away batter, learns an important lesson in fair play after his sister sees him cheat. Character development has been sacrificed for action and description, but younger readers should enjoy this for the excitement of the game and the typical dialogue of young players. The book can also serve older readers who need high-interest material with easy vocabulary and sentence structure. Janice C. Hayes, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro
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About the Author

Matt Christopher is the best selling name behind more than 100 sports-themed books for young readers. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Series: Peach Street Mudders
  • Library Binding: 60 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co (Juv); 1st edition (May 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316139955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316139953
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,750,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Paperback
The Hit-Away Kid by Matt Christopher is a story about baseball and tell telling the truth. Barry, the main character, is a good baseball player who stretches the rules a bit. He learns that he is not perfect at everything and this makes him feel better about playing baseball. We recommend this book a lot.
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The Hit-Away Kid is about a boy named Barry McGee who plays for the Peach Street Mudders baseball team. Barry plays left field and has to run after a fly ball that he drops but no one sees and he pretends he caught it so they win the game. Barry's sister and some other people know that Barry did not really catch the ball. A boy from the other team named Alec finds a toy that belongs to Barry's brother and does not want to give it back. He tells Barry that he has to hit two homeruns in the next game to get it back. If Barry strikes out twice, Alec gets to keep the toy. Barry hits one homerun and strikes out one time but when he hits a triple and misses second base he feels bad and lets the other team tag him out. Even though Barry did not hit the two homeruns, Alec gives the toy back because Barry told the truth about missing second base. It was not about who won the game but about Barry telling the truth.
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Baseball like any other sport has some ground rules to follow. That's why every time you watch a professional league baseball game either by watching all the action at the ball park, or seeing it on TV, you notice that an umpire has huddled around home plate with the managers of both teams to go over the ground rules. Without them there would be no point in playing the game of baseball.
Barry McGee, the main character who plays left field and a kid who loves to step up to home plate and just hit-away, suddenly decides to cheat. I suppose that good players like to stretch the rules sometime. Even playing baseball games for the Peach Street Mudders must be played by the rules. And what would it be like if the opponents decide to execute some dirty tricks just to win? The game would get nasty and no fun to watch.
Again, Matt Christopher, the master baseball story teller that he is, shares with kids of all ages some valuable lessons to learn through an exciting baseball story filled with lots of action. The old saying still holds true, "Honesty is the Best Policy." I strongly recommend this book, give it five stars, and I'm Marvin P. Ferguson, author of THE UNKNOWN BASEBALL PLAYER.
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