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New Kid Hardcover – March 4, 2014
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“Engrossing.” (The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
Top Customer Reviews
The characters were good and developed throughout the story. Each of them had a role and there were no characters that were just "there."
The book started and ended with a bit of confusion which was cleared within a paragraph. The plot is about a good baseball player who is always the new kid for unknown reasons from his dad. You find out what those are. Though some things are not clear at times, you will not feel like you are missing out on any info.
The grammar punctuation and story line all made sense and was good with the book.
I would recommend this book for boys, mostly as it's about baseball but girls can read it to, ages 12-15 as some of the content ( guns drinking death beating other kids up etc) is probably not suited or prefered for kids under that age.
Hope this helped and happy reading!
Brock is the new kid on the block. He is always on the run, living in one town after another and never getting the opportunity to settle down in one place. It looked like the new kid syndrome would never leave him. And who likes to be outside the loop with all your peers or so-called friends?
But there is a happy ending to this dilemma. Through circumstances unknown to Brock he's challenged to throw a rock through Coach Hudgren's window. Thus through an unexpected circumstance the Coach is impressed with Brock's throwing arm and invites him to join the traveling baseball team. Now Brock has an in with the other guys. And who says there's no such thing as luck?
Tim Green does an excellent job here in giving baseball fanatics another baseball story that is filled with sports action while tugging at the emotional heart. Kids of all ages will love this baseball tale. Marvin P. Ferguson, author of THE UNKNOWN BASEBALL PLAYER.
My first comment is one that cannot just be blamed on the fact that I received a copy prior to its final edit. A sports figure such as Mr. Green should know without prompting that Albert Pujols is not a member of the CALIFORNIA Angels – the name by which the team was know until 1996/97, when they became the ANAHEIM Angels. Pujols plays for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (the dopey moniker that Arte Moreno, the Angels’ owner, saddled the team with in 2005 – much to the chagrin of long-time fans and ridicule by sports fans and journalists from coast to coast... but I digress...). Editorial aside, it was a rookie mistake, and one that a well-known sports figure should have never made, much less on page six of the book! How Mr. Green could be so spot-on when referencing Clayton Kershaw’s slider (one of his two dominant pitches) and miss so badly on a major league baseball team’s name is beyond me. Can you tell that it bothered me? ;)
To sum up the story:
A young boy is constantly being kept on the move by his father, whose profession seems to be a bit on the shady side – what with people trying to kill him and all... The boy is always the “new kid”, and it’s getting old for Tommy/Brock (he keeps getting a new name in every city) because he’s a burgeoning baseball phenom. He is constantly being admonished by his father never to draw attention to himself, but is in the dark as to the “why”.
After a series of events puts Brock (nee Tommy) into the limelight because of his pitching prowess, danger comes a-callin’ and his dad is forced to run again.Read more ›
My husband even read it and loved it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son loves all the baseball books by Tim Green! He will read for hours every night before bed.Published 8 days ago by Heather J.
It was a good book. Very entertaining. A real thriller but sad and funny at points. I recommend this book.Published 8 months ago
My 8 year old read it as part of a summer reading mission. He really enjoyed the book :)Published 10 months ago by J. Stone
A good read for pre adolescent children, I used to like green's books but he is writing for children now!Published 17 months ago by gordon williamson
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