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Plunked

by Michael Northrop


Scholastic Paperbacks
March 2014


Fiction
Ages 9 – 11 . Grades 4 – 6

Lexile measure: 640L

DRA: 60

Guided Reading: X

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Jack Mogens thinks he's got it all figured out: He has his batting routine down, and now that he's in sixth grade, he has a lock on a starting spot in Little League. (Well, almost. Okay, not really. It's a two-man race, though, so he has a shot.) And if he can manage to have a not-totally-embarrassing conversation with Katie, his team's killer shortstop, he'll be golden. But when a powerful stray pitch turns his world upside down, Jack discovers it's going to take more than a love of baseball to get back his game.
Michael Northrop

Michael Northrop is the New York Times bestselling author of the middle-grade adventure series TombQuest. He is also the author of On Thin Ice; Trapped, an Indie Next List selection; Plunked, a New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing selection and an NPR Backseat Book Club pick; and other titles. An editor at Sports Illustrated Kids for many years, he now writes full-time from his home in New York City. Learn more at michaelnorthrop.net.

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  • Praise for PLUNKED
    "An uncommonly thoughtful baseball novel." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

    "Well-developed characters and a strong narrative voice make this novel about much more than baseball. . . . Pitch-perfect." --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

    "Readers will appreciate this down-to-earth sports story that stays within its game, offering . . . a realistic story rooted in the writer's knowledge of the game and what it means to its young players." --KIRKUS REVIEWS

    "What Northrop does particularly well here is to dig into the deep, complex psychology of an at-bat, where there's so much more going on than a simple meeting or missing of a ball and bat." --BOOKLIST



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