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Gr 5–8—In this autobiography, Rivera describes how he went from a poor boy in a humble fishing village in Panama to one of the greatest New York Yankee baseball heroes. A ninth-grade high school dropout who worked on his father's fishing boat, Rivera played pickup baseball with improvised bats, balls, and gloves because there was no money for sports equipment. When he joined a local team, his outstanding pitching skill was discovered by professional baseball scouts, and eventually he was hired by the Yankees as a closing pitcher—a career that spanned 18 years. Rivera discusses his marriage to childhood sweetheart, Clara; his heartfelt love for his children and friends; his dedication to the game despite loss and injury; and the deep Christian faith that guided him through it all. Baseball fans will appreciate and enjoy relevant play-by-play details of significant games and championship competitions. This edition closely follows the original version written for adults, including more toned down spiritual aspects and the same appealing eight-page color photo insert. A must for young baseball fans, especially those who follow the Yankees, and those who enjoyed R.A. Dickey's Throwing Strikes (Dial, 2013).—Diane P. Tuccillo, Poudre River Public Library District, CO --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A must for young baseball fans."―School Library Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 960 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Lrg edition (September 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316409626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316409629
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this book and loved it. Now I am reading it to my 10 year old son. He loves it too.

Chock full of stories that thrill (the fishing stories especially), entertain and educate, this book will go down as one of the greatest of its type. Mariano Rivera is a national treasure for Panama and America. His humility, thoughtful perspective, kindheartedness and ability to focus are qualities that come through in the book's many stories. I hope my son takes the lessons of this book to heart.

(My brief encounter with Mariano Rivera almost 15 years ago in Tampa is perfectly consistent with the portrait this book paints of the man. Perched with my camera above the stadium bullpen, I began to take a photo of Mariano. He saw me, motioned to me to wait a second, straightened his cap and smiled for the photo. )
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I got this for my son for Christmas. He's 10 and a huge baseball fan and he absolutely loved this book.
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By J. Hsu on November 24, 2014
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My boy loves this book. Very inspirational!
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By J. Born on February 9, 2015
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Really a great story and suitable for young readers and old alike. Very inspiring.
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