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New Kid Hardcover – March 4, 2014

4.8 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
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Gr 5–8—After hitting a two-run homer in the third inning that ties the championship game, Tommy Rust finds himself at bat, poised to bring in the game-winning run. Then his dad shows up and Tommy knows he's not there to watch the big game. It's time to run. For as long as Tommy can remember, this is how they live- going from town to town, always under a different name. By the time Tommy and his dad reach their destination, a little town in Upstate New York, he has memorized his new name, Brock Nickerson, and managed to push down his anger at being uprooted yet again. In an attempt to fit in at his new school, Brock accepts a dare and throws a rock through Coach Hudgens's window. The Coach, admiring Brock's throwing arm, offers a ticket out of trouble: he wants Brock to join the travel team. Brock and the Coach are compelling and sympathetically drawn characters. Brock's dad is not as fleshed out and comes across as inconsistent. While the baseball action is engaging, the mystery surrounding the father and what he does for a living is never fully explained. This lack of resolution may hint at future installments.—Brenda Kahn, Tenakill Middle School, Closter, NJ

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“Exciting, romantic and thought-provoking, this book scores a home run. ” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“Engrossing.” (The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062208721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062208729
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Anonymous on October 28, 2014
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This book is a five star rating for me.

Characters:
The characters were good and developed throughout the story. Each of them had a role and there were no characters that were just "there."

Plot:
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.

Quality
The grammar punctuation and story line all made sense and was good with the book.

Recommend for
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!
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When there is a new kid on the block it's some times hard to fit in. Do you know what I mean? It happened in the movie "Sandlot," and it looks like the same thing is about to happen here. I hate clicks.
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.
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I love it for two reason's. First, I like the short chapters and baseball. Second, my brother David Centurelli is a character in this book. I haven' t read Tim Green books before, but I plan on reading more.
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This book is amazing and emotional. READ IT. Worth the money. Best book by this author. Great for all ages and especially for baseball fans.
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I received review copy from the publisher, and since I’ll read pretty much anything about baseball, I was interested in this book, even though its target audience is young adult.

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.
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Really awesome. Just awesome ending, but sad too. Really great writing. Anybody should love this book. I loved this book. This is probably his most heart racing teeth-gritting book yet.
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This is a great book for kids and in particular little leaguers all the way up to teens. Really good.
My husband even read it and loved it!
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This book was really entertaining, and not just a regular sports novel. It adds lots of humor, and really interesting and very easy to picture.
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