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T. J.’s Secret Pitch

by Fred Bowen

T.J. is smaller than his teammates and his pitches just don’t have the power to get batters out. When he learns about 1940s player Rip Sewell, he may have found a solution.

More than anything, T. J. wants to be a pitcher. But he’s smaller than his teammates, and his pitches just don’t pack the power they need to strike out batters. When T. J. learns about one of baseball’s early heroes, Pittsburgh Pirate Rip Sewell, he decides to try Sewell’s secret weapon. But will his teammates give T. J. a chance to prove that he can be a pitcher? And will T. J.’s secret pitch help lead his team to victory?

Author Fred Bowen continues his Sports Story series with play-by-play action that’s sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats! An afterword provides the real story of Rip Sewell and his baseball career. For more on this title, visit the Sports Story Series website here.

Format: Paperback
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-504-1
Publication Date: 8/1/2009
Page Count: 104
Size: 5-1/4″ x 7-1/2″
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: E-book
ISBN: 978-1-56145-659-8
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English

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AR Level: 4.3
F&P: GRL O, Gr 3, Genre RF
Lexile: 670L
Themes: Baseball, Confidence, Problem Solving
BISAC 1: JUV032010 JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Baseball & Softball
BISAC 2: JUV005000 JUVENILE FICTION / Boys & Men
BISAC 3: JUV039140 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

Reviews

“[Bowen’s] pacing is excellent and he has a knack for efficient evocation.” ―The Washington Post

“Basketball fans will empathize with an eighth-grade star center’s struggle…. Marcus learns a valuable lesson about self-image and open-mindedness. Fast-paced court action, vivid game descriptions, and an upbeat ending will lure middle-school and reluctant readers…. Bowen scores again with a satisfying blend of historical sports commentary and fiction.” ―School Library Journal

“Bowen is a natural when it comes to writing sports stories and informing his readers about the past. These books are perfect for kids ages 8 to 12.” ―Newsday

“A heartwarming and suspenseful story about the value of friends, family, and perseverance, it’s a sure hit with both kids and parents.” ―Family Channel

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Meet the Author

Fred Bowen is the author of Peachtree’s popular Fred Bowen Sports Story series. A lifelong sports fanatic, he has coached youth league baseball, basketball, and soccer. His kids’ sports column “The Score” appears each week in the KidsPost section of the Washington Post. Bowen lives in Maryland. You can visit his website here.