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Zero's Slider (Peach Street Mudders) Paperback – July, 1996


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Product Details

  • Series: Peach Street Mudders
  • Paperback: 63 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co (Juv Pap) (July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316141291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316141291
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,023,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4-In this beginning chapter book, Christopher has not wavered from his proven formula of a sports story with a young protagonist who must overcome some adversity to triumph. In this case, Zero Ford wants to be an exceptional pitcher but it is not until he injures his hand that he discovers he can now throw a "slider"-a pitch guaranteed to strike out any batter. But can he duplicate his success when the bandage is removed from his hand? And, will the Peach Street Mudders be able to play if the coach is unable to find a substitute for himself while he is on vacation? Zero finally musters up enough courage to try pitching without the bandage and to ask his uncle to take over coaching the team and all works out well in the end. An average sports story that will find a ready audience with the author's many fans.
Jan Shepherd Ross, Dixie Elementary Magnet School, Lexington, KY
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 2-4. Christopher's latest in the Springboard Books series is sure to interest both baseball fans and children ready for chapter books. Zero, whose pitching is frequently erratic, develops the ability to throw perfect sliders after he accidentally injures his throwing hand. The question is, What will happen when he's healed? There's also the problem of finding a substitute coach. Zero would like to ask Uncle Pete to coach the team but worries that Pete won't be interested unless Zero continues to throw great pitches. The tension builds to a believable ending, and because the black-and-white illustrations are more cartoonish than realistic (Zero's age could be anywhere from 8 to 12), the book will please teachers needing high-interest materials for middle-school readers. Chris Sherman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

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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By Marvin P. Ferguson on August 28, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Unexpected circumstances may put a baseball player on the side lines, like an injury. Watching a baseball game on TV I see lots of players who are on the disabled lists all the time.
In this Peach Street Mudders series, when a pitcher injures his hand it looks like his pitching days are over until he learns a new pitch, "the slider," to compensate for his injury. The kids love it and he becomes a better pitcher.
The moral of this story is to never give up, but keep trying and hope. Kids of all ages will love this exciting baseball story, I give it five stars, and I'm Marvin P. Ferguson, author of THE UNKNOWN BASEBALL PLAYER.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on September 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
The Peach Street Mudders series is very easy, and very encouraging for kids to calm down and keep trying. The reading level is for kids who are ready for a bit more than step readers -- the characters are boys.

"Zero's Slider" has a pitcher who injures his hand and suddenly gains a new pitch -- a slider! Maybe with his new talent, he will be able to interest his uncle in becoming the team's coach. With a lot of practice and encouragement, he becomes a better pitcher.

Nice story. No language. Not really interesting for moms, but good reading for kids.
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