When Hawk’s baseball coach tells him how Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run nearby, the question arises: what happened to the baseball? Bullies, baseball, and kids who defy the odds. Hawk, a poor, half-Native boy who lives on the street, is eager to go back to school, to play baseball, and to please both his divorced parents. When Mr. Rizzuto, his baseball coachWhen Hawk’s baseball coach tells him how Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run nearby, the question arises: what happened to the baseball? Bullies, baseball, and kids who defy the odds. Hawk, a poor, half-Native boy who lives on the street, is eager to go back to school, to play baseball, and to please both his divorced parents. When Mr. Rizzuto, his baseball coach, tells him how the great Babe Ruth, playing on nearby Toronto Island in 1914, hit his first professional home run, the question arises: what happened to the baseball? Did it land in the waters of Lake Ontario and disintegrate over time? Or did someone fish it out?This is the story of a quest for a lost baseball treasure, and of a boy finding his own family roots and a place in the big city. A lively tale, it shows how kids who seem powerless can work together to take on some of life’s daunting challenges as they deal with schoolroom bullies and street gangs....
|Title||:||The Boy from Left Field|
|Number of Pages||:||216 Pages|
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The Boy from Left Field Reviews
This book was quite possible one of the worst children's lit books I have ever read. If there's one thing I hate about some YA authors it's that they treat their readers as if they're stupid. This was definitely one of those books. The situation was not made to be believable, the adults in the story were depicted as idiots or completely negligent. Instead of parenting, the main character's parents were a mixture of completely absent or lacking in the ability to guide and discipline. What parent let's a ten year old traipse around the city of Toronto at night or confront potential gang members? What adult listens to a child recount a story about tricking a gang into revealing themselves and doesn't demand that they cease and go to the police instead? What kind of police officer lets kids chase down a wanted criminal? Instead of exploring the idea of absentee parents or faulty role models, the author just makes every adult in this book seem like they haven't a clue in their heads.Additionally, the author depicts nine and ten year old children as far more intelligent than most actually are. I have yet to meet a ten year old who can define and properly use the word fascist, or ad lib for that matter. This story had the potential to be uplifting and inspiring but it fell short by miles. To top it all off the writing style was irritating. Run on sentences and awkward phrases abound in this novel to the point that reading it was painful. I would never, ever, give this book to my class to read.
This is a young adult tale like few you will ever read. Hawk lives in a car with his mom and hasn’t been to school for a while. A gang in his neighborhood stole his only valued possession, and when he re-enrolls in school he is bullied by a fellow classmate. When his mom’s car is vandalized by the local gang and subsequently towed away, Hawk starts to feel lost.All is not lost, though. Hawk has a dedicated mentor and baseball coach who involves Hawk in a mysterious treasure hunt. He also has close friends and a father to help him rediscover his cultural heritage. There’s nothing more amazing than a strong support system, and this book is a wondrous adventure to remind its reader that many things can be overcome with some friendly helping hands.
This book was so good I read it in two days.I got hooked by the third chapter. This one story has many different plots and stories woven together. I especially loved the way the author did a different thing like the main character living in a taxi. He expressed his thoughts so there was just the right amount of detail. The characters were amazing. I especially loved Panny because she was smart and brave. I also like Ms. Clarke because something about her intrigued me. In the book there were many different words or phrases like fascist which gave kids new vocabulary and more chance for learning. I recommend this book to everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A stupidly implausible story. A chain of lucky coincidences and uncanny good timing helps a group of kids take down a crime gang and find Babe Ruth's first home run ball. Ridiculous.
Amazing book! Very fast-paced and well-written. The plot is intriguing, and the characters are excellent and realistic! I would highly recommend this book to anyone!