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Center Field Hardcover – March 23, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
Mike's focus is directed at playing his best, which means clearing his mind of anything that is not baseball. He tries to steer clear of too-serious relationships with girls. He avoids involvement in his parents' latest project - opening a new floor covering store - and he pushes the problems of his sister, a single young mother living in New York, and his older brother, a championship cello player, to the back of his mind.
Unfortunately, Mike comes up against several distractions that may threaten the intense focus on his goal. One obstacle standing in his way is a new player named Oscar. He is a new kid from the Dominican Republic who shows up and looks to be a challenge for the center field position. Coach Cody lets them both know they will have to prove themselves to earn the position.
All the pressure Mike is feeling about baseball comes to a head in a silly incident with a notorious school geek named Zack. In a moment of lost control, Mike shoves Zack and ends up regretting it when, as punishment, he finds himself helping the Cyber Club provide Saturday computer instruction at the local senior center. Having the little computer nerd boss him around is almost more than he can take. The only highlight about the community service becomes another distraction for Mike's center field dreams - Katherine Herold.
Kat is a track athlete with an interest in photography and filming. Her membership in the Cyber Club surprises Mike, but he's glad to have a chance to get to know her.Read more ›
in one. I really like this book because of the way the
author told the story. I recommend this to mature teens into
This book is called Center Field by Robert Lipsyte. I
think the author did achieve his purpose, which was to tell
the reader a little more about baseball. The plot of the
story caught my attention very well. Actually, I am into
sports and I always wanted to try out baseball. And as soon
as I read this book, I fell in love with it. This book to me
was very moving, because Robert Lipsyte wasn't afraid to
make the book his own and create a teen story. And I also
felt moved that I'm not the only one who feels that way
about sports, and how Mike was relating to kids at his
school. This book is about Mike Semak, a regular guy in high
school, who is living the dream being on a baseball field
like he is on the top of the world. I really liked the
ending of the story because, Mike gets the girl he was
dreaming to have. Though his friends tease him for it,he
thinks, maybe it doesn't matter what they say. Mike sticks
up for himself, and shows everyone who is boss. I actually
loved every part of this book. It had me ripping through the
pages to see what Mike was going to do next. I think anyone
who reads this will love it, but I know young sports fanatics
will die to read it.
Reviewed by a young adult student reviewer
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Baseball is a true passion of Mike's, his lifetime idol being a pro player who led his team to the World Series. Being in center field gives Mike a certain rush, a kind of peace that comes only from being empowered and in the place he understands. But the arrival of a new player during his junior year interrupts this peace. Oscar Ramirez has just made the team and is quite possibly more athletic and a better pitcher than Mike. Most team members don't welcome him openly as some are racist and Oscar is out to take Mike's position. Being outmatched is something Mike simply isn't used to, so the pressures of winning really start to get to him.
As a jock, Mike is in a hallowed position at Ridgedale, in a group who are smug about their status and pretty much keeps to themselves. The baseball team is prestigious enough that players are entitled to their pick of the girls, and Mike and his friend Ryan are going out with beautiful blonde cheerleaders. Yet Mike has found lately that he isn't really as interested in Lori as he was. They have a great time partying together, and she's sweet and entirely open to him physically and an identical twin (a scenario many guys wouldn't dream of passing up), but there's just something missing in their intellectual and emotional connection. Mike has recently begun fantasizing about an athletic girl who is also a member of the cyber club, Katherine Herold.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I recommend this book to people who like sports. I like this book because it always keeps you on your toes. I don't like books that don't have that much suspense. Read morePublished on June 7, 2014 by anonymous
What a great way to get teen boys to read. Good story, with a good life lesson. It kept you wanting to read the next page!Published on November 13, 2013 by G-ma
Was great best baseball book I've ever read in my lifetime recommended to all and die hard baseball fans
It's a great book with a hot pair of twins who consent love that
Love it because I am in centerfield and had a Mexican almost take my spot I would recommend this to any... Read more