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Look Inside Baseball player Jose Mendez worries about his poor performance with the bat and fears disappointing his father, a former ballplayer with an outstanding batting average. Back by popular demand and newly revised, we now offer the complete Peach Street Mudders series. Young sports fans can progress to these early chapter books about the kids on a community baseball team. All titles are written by Matt Christopher with black & white illustrations throughout.

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    New Peach Street Mudders Sports Library
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    Matt Christopher
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In each of the nine books in this series (one per team member), the story is told from the point of view of young boys who play on a baseball team. Each story portrays typical problems or decisions kids might face at school, home or on the field. Every individual must tackle his belief in his abilities as well as work with others on the tram. These simple books will have readers who are just beginning to read chapter books clamoring for the next book. Although the text mentions the characters in the other stories, each volume can be read out of order or even as a stand alone title. Fans of Matt Christopher sports fiction will enjoy these reissued editions. The sports related vocabulary may be difficult for some readers who are not familiar with baseball terminology and play-by-plays. Recommended


Jose Mendez wants to be a great batter and match his father's .375 batting average. He's had his share of homeruns, but he also strikes out often because he is so focused on his batting, Jose fails to realize what an outstanding fielder he is. Jose's father helps him see that fielding is where the team needs him the most. Jose teaches young players that each player has a strength and weaknesses and contributes in different ways to the team. This is a good beginning chapter book for young baseball enthusiasts. Look for more titles from the New Peach Street Mudders.

Richmond Public Schools, October 2011

Grade Level 3-6. Jose Mendez is an awesome fielder, but strikes out at bat, unlike his father when he had a .375 batting average in th eminor leagues. His father praises his son's fielding letting him know that is how he helps his team. A good message provided in a larger type book with full-page black and white illustrations, making it a good chapter book for reluctant readers.

Book Buzz, February 2010

Christopher continues the saga of the Peach Street Mudders baseball team in his latest Springboard chapter book. Jose Mendez is a great center fielder, but his batting average is nowhere near the .375 that his father hit in the minor leagues. To make things worse, Jose's 11-year-old sister is hitting extremely well for her softball team. Afraid he's disappointing his dad when his hitting fails to improve, Jose is surprised when his father praises his fielding and promises to be more sensitive to his feelings. The play-by-play action is less dominant in this story than in previous books, but game descriptions will appeal to readers anyway, as will the familiar characters. Christopher also avoids the miraculous, delivering instead a believable and satisfying conclusion. Category: Middle Readers. Gr. 2-4.

Booklist, April 15, 1992
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