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From Publishers Weekly

Could Mr. Henry, the custodian at Jason's school, possibly have some connection with former baseball great Buck McHenry? PW commented, "Slote skillfully blends comedy, suspense and baseball in a highly entertaining tale." Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 4-6-- Jason Ross, a mediocre Little League catcher but avid baseball card collector, is convinced that a local school janitor named Mack Henry is actually a famous pitcher from the Negro Leagues. Jason pressures Mr. Henry into admitting that he is indeed Buck McHenry and talks him into coaching a newly formed team. Things start to unravel, however, when a television sportscaster gets wind of the story, and Jason learns that Mr. Henry has been lying. The novel suffers from some slowness of plot and drawn-out scenes. (It takes approximately 200 pages to describe about 10 hours of action.) And Mr. Henry's false admission to being Buck McHenry is never satisfactorily explained. However, Jason's discovery of the Negro Leagues may lead readers to learn more about the shameful long-term segregation of baseball. This element gives the book a thoughtful perspective that many sports books never achieve--or even attempt, for that matter. So, despite a loosely constructed, improbable plot, this novel does have some likable characters, a bit of a mystery, and an element of seriousness. These features combine to make the book a welcome addition to sports fiction collections. --Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --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: 500 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (January 30, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064404692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064404693
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #796,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 9, 1997
Format: Paperback
I knew we had a great book on our hands when my son called me into his room and begged me to read the last two pages of this book because they "brought tears to his eyes." I knew then that Finding Buck McHenry was the book that had turned by son from a person who reads,into a person who enters the heart of a book and is transformed by it. Hurrah! Not only does this book have a compelling story, but it teaches a good deal about the old Negro Leagues and the heroes of those long forgotten times. This touching story inspires all who read it
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This book is a great book for baseball lovers and non-baseball lovers alike!
Jason loves baseball, but likes collecting baseball cards even more. Unfortunately, Jason is not a very good baseball player and is cut from his team and sent to play on an extension team with other rejects.
Trying to cheer up, he goes to the Grandstand, a sports store, and discovers a legendary Negro baseball player named Buck McHenry who just might might be a school janitor in his town living under the name of "Mack Henry"!
When Mr. Henry admits that he is Buck McHenry to his grandson, Aaron, and to Jason, the news leaks out to Kim, another player on the extension team. Kim's father, a great, famous newscaster finds out and is about to tell everyone Mr.Henry's real identity! Soon Kim, Aaron, and Jason realizes that things might not always be what they seem!
This is a wonderful bok with a surprising ending. Once you start this book, you won't be able to put it down. Overall, I give Finding Buck McHenry five stars! Vivian Grade 5
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I really enjoyed this book even though I don't like baseball very much. I started reading it and really got into it quickly. This is a book I would reacommened to everybody. It touches on African American history and what it used to be like playing baseball in the Negro leagues. It is a slightly emotional book so have kleenex handy in case you start to cry
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Jason Ross loves the game of baseball, but he loves collecting baseball cards even more. When he is cut from his Little League team and forced to play on the new expansion team (made up of rejects), he is devastated. Then Jason notices an interesting coincidence: the life story (and name!) of local school custodian Mack Henry appears to be eerily similar to that of Negro League legend Buck McHenry. Mack Henry does know a lot about the game, and Jason gets him to be the coach of the new team. Amazingly, Mack then admits to being the star pitcher! However, we learn later on that all is not right with his story, and with a sportscaster preparing to do a major show on the situation, time is running out to set the record straight. The plot of "Finding Buck McHenry" is a bit of a stretch, but for the most part, the book is enjoyable. This is a very emotional story that can also teach you some life lessons, and a little history as well. Young baseball fans and non-fans alike will definitely get something out of this book.
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A Kid's Review on March 6, 2003
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Finding Buck McHenry
By Danny

Imagine that you were on a baseball team with no coach and the worst team then you'll love Finding Buck McHenry by Alfred Slote.
Jason has a decision to make is worrying about baseball cards or about Little League. Jason is a normal character not looking for much but a coach for his Little League team. About a couple of later he finds a coach named Buck McHenry and a sponsor and a couple of good key players. Now there team is unstoppable. A hit here and there puts the team in the championship. In the championship Jason needs on more hit to drive in the runner at third for the winning run but dose he get it you will have to read it to find out what happens to Jason and the miracle team of Little League.
This book is a fictional book and an excellent choice to read for a book. So if you like baseball and some adventure (when finding coach and championship) then pick up a copy of Finding Buck McHenry by Alfred Slote.
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Finding Buck McHenry shows honesty, compassion and the reality of life when one young boy with determination proves his friend is McHenry. Buck, when he says, "We didn't realize who we were up against" feels relieved to have the truth be known. A refreshing movie for the entire family.
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I can feel it in my bones, this old Negro League book touched me like a jagged bolt of lightning! This heart- wrenching novel is a dramatic masterpiece. It made me feel good because I can really relate to Buck. I know that when I was being chased down the street by someone who thought I was Mickey Mantle, I was just as upset as Buck. In fact, it brought me to tears because Buck was not a real person and I could not talk to him about our similarities. The closest I could get to Buck McHenry was talking to the picture of him on this extraordinary novel. Watching the movie, starring Ossie Davis as Buck, is the highlight of every day. I watch it religously at 12:24pm and 7:02pm, and sometimes at 3:46am when I've got Buck on the mind. He is truly the biggest inspiration in my life. Jason (hottie) Ross believes the school janitor is an old negro league player with a scar like a jagged bolt of lighting, from a scrape with the law, on his leg. I could feel it in my bones that Jason would find the scar shaped like a jagged bolt of lightning on the old Negro Leauge player. Jason, Kim and Aaron alone make up the team "Sluggers", coached by who is thought to ba an Old Negro League player. However, we will not ruin the ending of this story, like Bridget (you know who you are) did for me. Thanks a lot! :( One thing I can tell you about the end of the movie is there is an exciting cheer from a crowd screaming: BUCK! MACK! BUCK! MACK! This gets my heart racing, causing me to take my medication, every time. There are also humorous supporting characters such as the baseball card shop man who says: "Since when did I become an adult! " This line gets me reaching for my medication every time! I am so crazy about this movie!Read more ›
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