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PRAISE FOR HOTHEAD

"Written with Ripken's obvious knowledge of the game, Conor's story rings true, with plenty of good baseball action. If Conor's not always in good spirits, the novel is, with likable characters, lively baseball action and the usual dreams of playing in the big leagues-in Conor's case, at Camden Yards. Ripken and Cowherd, like Conor and his Babe Ruth League Orioles, make a winning team. "―--Kirkus

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". . . just the ticket for readers who've worked their way through Dan Gutman and Matt Christopher but are still a little shy of Matt de la Pe a and Carl Deuker. "―--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Cal Ripken, Jr. was a shortstop and third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles for his entire career (1981-2001), a rare occurrence in Major League Baseball today. Nicknamed "The Iron Man" for his relentless work ethic and reliability on the field, Ripken is most remembered for playing a record 2,632 straight games over 17 seasons, shattering the record previously held by Lou Gehrig at 2,131. He was a 19-time All Star and is considered to be one of the best shortstops professional baseball has ever seen. In 2007 he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, after earning the third highest voting percentage in Hall of Fame history. Mr. Ripken is CEO of Ripken Baseball, Inc., (www.RipkenBaseball.com), a company dedicated to growing the game of baseball at the grassroots level, and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (www.RipkenFoundation.org), which uses baseball as a tool to help underserved youth. He currently lives in Maryland with his wife, Kelly, and two children, Rachel and Ryan.
Kevin Cowherd is an award-winning sports columnist formerly with The Baltimore Sun. He has also written for Men's Health, Parenting, and Baseball Digest magazines and is the author of a collection of columns, Last Call at the 7-Eleven. He has coached youth baseball, basketball, and soccer teams for many years. He is the father of three and lives with his wife, Nancy, near Baltimore, Maryland.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Cal Ripken, Jr.’s All Stars
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423178661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423178668
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,022,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
When my son played on the youth baseball team it was often embarrassing just sitting in the stands watching him play. Sometimes it was just not comfortable because parents often got rowdy. Their son or daughter was the best on the team, deserved to play a desired position, and mom and dad didn't like the way the ump was calling the balls and strikes, not to mention the hits and outs on the playing field. And SQUEEZE PLAY shares many of the same moments in this play-by-play action packed story.
Besides being in a batting slump during a Grand Slam Tournament, Corey Maduro experiences the mounting pressure from Katelyn Moss, teammate, who desperately wants his center-field position. It sounds like an opportunity to seize the moment while he's down.
But that's not all. Besides peer pressure and not playing good baseball, Corey's dad goes bonkers in the stands like a wild man. Along with other parents they engage in shouting matches during the game. And what is poor Corey, the main character in this story suppose to do? There were moments when he felt like crawling into a hole. But will that solve anything? A difficult question to answer.
Using his experience as a former major league baseball player, Cal Ripken, Jr. does an excellent job in delighting baseball fans with this down to earth grassroots action-packed, funny story. Marvin P. Ferguson, author of THE UNKNOWN BASEBALL STORY.
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Thoroughly enjoyed the latest Ripken/Cowherd book. Squeeze Play takes me back to a time and place, when as a young boy, playing baseball was all I ever wanted to do. The imagery contained in the book and the ultimate message delivered still resonates with me today as it did many years ago when I was 12. Squeeze Play is a terrific book which teaches many valuable lessons about winning and losing; about teammates and coaches; about playing for the love of the game; but most importantly about the true parent/child relationships we all seek (and continue to seek) in life.
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This entire book series has kept my boys reading them over and over. They also read the books out loud to me and I have to admit the story lines are oftentimes funny, and relatable. Good, easy, fun read!
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Ordered tablecloth to cover my cloth tablecloth! Great ! Piano for my great grandson , he loves it ! Ordered baseball books by cal Ripken ! His is 8 years old ! Loves baseball and loves these books ! It also encourages him to read more !
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Kids love it! Great baseball book! Reading it together as a family chapter by chapter. Can't wait to get the next one!
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I bought all the baseball books for my 12 and 9 year old nephews. They are avid readers and baseball nuts. They enjoy reading all the books.
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This is a good book for conversation about baseball and life. It talks about fundamentals in a detailed but narrative way.
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this book is great but this book has bad language really bad language so i recommend 10 and up book. and its kinda hard and sad at time so again 10 and up . but i almost finished it in 1 day. but i finished it in 3 days . great book can't wait tell the next book comes out . it comes out in WINTER 2015 . hope this helps by
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