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An Almost Perfect Game Paperback – May, 1997

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Grade 4-6?When Jake, his brother, and their grandparents attend the last game of the season of their favorite minor-league team, the Nottingham Shoppers, Jake buys a scorecard that the vendor assures him is "lucky." He soon realizes that by marking the card in advance of a play, he can affect its outcome. Unfortunately, this only works for the bottom half of each inning, when the Shoppers are on the field. Thus, he can make sure that the Apples don't score, or even get on base, but he can't make his team score. The game drags on until it goes into extra innings; at this point the card loses its effectiveness. Ultimately, the Shoppers lose and Jake is left wondering about the mystery of the magical scorecard. Since this book is a play-by-play account (the chapters are divided into half innings), its appeal to nonbaseball fans will be limited. However, Manes wonderfully evokes minor-league baseball at its most irrepressible, and the witty, first-person narration helps to carry the story along. For enthusiasts of the sport with a taste for a little fantasy, this will be just the ticket.?Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 4^-7. Jake and Randy's grandparents are super baseball fans, so when the boys visit each summer, they traditionally attend several of the local minor league team's home games. Jake and Grandma always try to keep perfect scorecards; Randy and Gramps are simply content to watch the game. But this year things are a bit different. The Shoppers are in a heated pennant race, and it seems that Jake is able to control the action on the field by writing on his scorecard. After 10 innings, the pitcher has missed his shot at a perfect game, the Shoppers lose, and Jake is left to ponder what really happened. Manes captures the experience of a family sharing its love and knowledge of baseball and makes it easy for readers to follow the play-by-play action. Filled with baseball lore and jargon, this will appeal to young fans of the game, especially those who already know how to keep a scorecard. Karen Hutt --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Apple (May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590444336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590444330
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,717,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
A boy, his brother, and their grandparents go to a baseball game. When the older brother gets to the game, a vendor says, "Scorecard! Scorecard! Guaranteed lucky!" He buys one and discovers he can control the other team's batters with it. The whole action of the book is in the span of ten innings. I liked it and I'd recommend it to other people.
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Format: Hardcover
An Almost Perfect Game is by Stephen Manes. This book is great! It is about two boys and their grandparents at a minor league baseball game. It is the last game of the season and is for Appreciation night. My favorite character is Jake because he really likes baseball. Someone has a magic scorecard that can make a big difference in the game. If you like baseball and excitement, you should definitely read this book.
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A Kid's Review on August 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book will be enjoyable to any baseball fan. It was realistic and fun to read. I stayed up past 11 pm finishing it.
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By A Customer on February 22, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I think any one who enjoys baseball will love this book. It is funny and suspensefull
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