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Jimmy Winter is a born star on the baseball field, and Seth Barnam can only dream of being as talented. Still, the two baseball fanatics have the kind of friendship that should last forever. But when Seth experiences an unthinkable loss, he's forced to find his own personal strength--on and off the field.

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
An ALA Best Book for Reluctant Rea
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Published May 30th 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 1993)
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Courtney
The book Heart Of A Champion is about a kid, Seth, who's father died when he was 12 years old. His father enjoyed doing golf and wanted Seth to golf also, but Seth's favorite sport was baseball. He played baseball every chance that he gets because he enjoys it so much.
One day Seth was at the park and that was the first time he saw Jimmy. Jimmy was a little taller and stockier than Seth. Other than that they looked exactly alike. People often mistaken them for brothers. Jimmy was the best base
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Adam Krause

The book I read was “Heart of a Champion” by Carl Deuker. Seth Barham’s dad died of a stroke at a hotel during work. Seth didn’t really know his dad, but from what he heard about him, he was a really good golfer. One day, Seth went to Henry Ford Park and saw Jimmy Winters playing baseball with his dad. Jimmy saw Seth and called him over to play. Seth started to love baseball and became really good at it. They stuck together and decided in high school that they were going to be starting varsity s
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Burning Phoenix63
this high school book talks about a kid named Seth who don't really play baseball but as he is walking he spots a kid named Jimmy winter his father. so before he knew he was practicing with them.as they grow older Mr.Winter seems to have a drinking problem and his wie didn't like it so they got a divorce. Jimmy lived with his mom and they moved with his grandparnts. so any time Seth or Jimmy saw each other they will stay together and just talk about baseball.When Seth went to high school Jimmy c ...more
Connor M
In "Heart of a Champion" by Carl Dueker there is a boy named Jimmy and he has all the potential in the world, yet his family life may be the only thing holding him back. He was practicing at the park one day with his dad when he saw a boy named Seth. They started throwing the ball. While Seth had never played before, Jimmy played with his father almost every day. Jimmy and Seth became best friends and played at the park every weekend. Jimmy moved to a town about 7 miles away to live with his mot ...more
Kyle D
Life includes many triumphs as well as challenges. Heart of a Champion by Carl Deuker is a story about two teenage boys trying to live up to their dreams of becoming pro baseball players. As it’s title suggests, the Heart of a Champion is one that is driven by the passion and desire to succeed and become a champion. The road to success however is never easy and the main character finds he is faced with important decisions amid the pressure of his peers.


Deuker takes the time to introduce the read
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Tylor
its a realistic fiction. it takes place in san fransico. the main character is seth and his best friend jimmy winter. jimmy is a great baseball player the best on his team and seth loves baseball but he isnt the best at it hes good but not like jimmmy. they both on there high school baseball that jimmy lead (he was the captain) he dad put pearsure on him idnt really care that much aboat him but he went to his games and was the loudest. seths dad died when he was little seth cant remeber alot abo ...more
John Lind
This book is honestly probably one of the best books I’ve ever read. It hit me in so many ways. I didn’t think a book could speak in this many ways. I love baseball which is what this book is about, but this book put baseball into a completely different view for me. From beginning all the way to the end, I never got tired of reading it. I don’t think I’ve ever said that about a book either. I would recommend this book to pretty much every single athlete. I would probably recommend to everyone ac ...more
Nicholas Walters
I read the book “Heart of a Champion” by Carl Deuker. This book was one of the best books I’ve read. It had a lot of meaning to it. Seth Barham’s dad had died of a stroke at a hotel during work. Seth didn’t really know his dad, but from what he heard about him, he was a really good golfer. One day, Seth went to Henry Ford Park and saw this boy, Jimmy Winters, playing baseball with his dad. Jimmy saw Seth and called him over to play. From that day on, they were best friends. They played baseball ...more
Joaquin
The Heart of a Champion is great book about to boys named Jimmy and Seth. They were bestfriends, they had a great frienship until things got confusing when they were split up for not making the same baseball team at there high school. Jimmy was a natural born baseball star. Seth wasn't much of a baseball player until he met Jimmy and his father Mr. Winter. They took him under their wing and taught him how to play. All summer long they worked together to be the best double play combo for when the ...more
Brady Stone
Heart of a Champion was a heart warming book that had perfect details and a really good plot. I still remember when I opened the book to start reading and I couldn't stop reading because it was written so well. I give props to Carl Deuker for writing a book that I could actually connect to because sometimes when I hear that a book is good and I try to read it, I can't get connected to it. If I would try to write a book as good as this one, I would be off by a long shot. So as you can see, this ...more
Nolan Sandberg

This book was the second book I have read by Carl Deuker, and they keep on getting better. This book really makes you appreciate your life, and it makes you want to work harder and be better at whatever it is you want to do. It follows the two characters Seth Barnam and Jimmy Winters lives and baseball careers from middle school throughout high school.
Seth Barnam was supposed to be a golfer, just like his dad that died when he was little. When he met Jimmy at the park and played catch with him,
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Ryan Zietlow
Jimmy Winter is a talented baseball player that already knows that he will be drafted into the MLB. Seth, his best friend wants to be as talented as Jimmy and trains himself to be as talented as Jimmy. Seth works hard all the to be that good but nobody is there to help him. His father died and his mother works around the house and doesn't have time to play with Seth. Seth throws tennis balls at the side of the house to work on defense. He goes to the baseball field with Jimmy a lot and uses a p ...more
Justin Pedersen
I am not surprised that Heart Of A Champion by Carl Deuker was another great book. Ever since I have read his first book I have enjoyed reading his books. This is another book about sports and a boy named seth and the troubles he faces with his best friend Jimmy Winter. Seth’s life changed forever when he met Jimmy Winter at a playground baseball field.
Seth’s father died before he could remember anything about him. Seth lives with just his mom and doesn’t have a lot of friends.One day seth goes
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Treston Smith
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John Mckenna
John McKenna
September 26,2014 Heart of a Champion

Have you ever imagined playing High School ball when you never had an interest?
I know that i could never do so. Seth Barnam a boy who faced many challenges, achieved this
in the book Heart of a Champion. His single mother and him moved to Redwood City San Francisco after his Father died from a stroke when he was seven.

Seth meets his best friend on the baseball field. His name is Jimmy Winter, a star athlete known for his abilities. Seth never c
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Arteya
two boys meet to find out they both like baseball. jimmy trys out for the same team as seth but didnt make it he made a diffrent team. even though they both didnt make the same team they both practice together at the field near the park.
Landon
This book heart of a champion is about a young boy who had no friends and made a friend over the summer whose name is jimmy.jimmy and Seth became good friends they both liked baseball.seth is in the 8 grade like jimmy and his dad died when he was young . So seth started prating with jimmy and his dad for baseball everyday. After that they became best friends they went to pro baseball games together.as high school came around they were very pumped but jimmy dad was getting out of controll so his ...more
Collin Schumacher
This was an alright book just for a short book to read. If u like baseball than you will love this book. It also talks about peoples personal things. That is all i am going to say. Try and read it!
Santiago G
After recently reading this book "Heart of a Champion" by Carl Dueker I am ASTOUNDED. This extremely inspirational, mind boggling story is about a kid named Seth Berham who is growing up in Redwood city with only his mother to mentor him through his life. All of these things change when one day he sees Jimmy Winter a baseball prodigy, at Henry Ford Park practicing with his father.

Seth grew up without a father who he never truly got to know due to his death in a hotel one night from stroke. Seth
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Leon Westenkirchner
The book "Heart of a Champion" is a great book. Yet the plot took a little while to get to some point. The characters are in the book are strong and this book gets you an inside on whats its like to play high school or just any baseball game. This is also kind of a sad story or just a heart stopper. Towards the end of a book is a shock on what happens but I wont spoil the book for people who haven't read it. Over all this book is a great book, if you like a book that gets you on your seat and lo ...more
Ryan Oswald
This is a great book. Seth is a boy that loves to play baseball. One day Seth is going to the park and sees a boy and his dad playing baseball and asks to play. Upon playing he realizes how good Jimmy is and how hard his dad is on him. From there on they were friends. They would meet up and practice everyday. When they get older Seth realizes a Jimmy has some problems. They still make the high school ball team. Then something tragic happens so Seth realizes he must be independent and believe in ...more
H
Found two copies of this on the shelves in my library, and thought I'd better read it to see if I should retain it in the K-6 library since Deuker usually writes for teens. A pretty predictable baseball set YA story with lots of quality play by play, the story is told by Seth, who meets Jimmy at age 12. Jimmy is a natural baseball player, and inspires Seth - who isn't quite as natural to try harder. Through the years they always seem to work along in parallel, though sometimes they are closer, a ...more
Carrie Hinkel-Gill
I found this book thoroughly enjoyable. I listened to the audiobook (cassettes) version and I thought that it was well done performance!

Yes, it's about sports, but that's just one facet of the story. It's a great read because of the content it covers. The point about the sports is more about what it takes to be a good player, a great player, and learning to accept the type of player you'll be because of natural, innate limitations that are beyond our control. This story also does a great job of
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Andrew Willhite
The book Heart Of A Champian is a very good book. I thought that it was one of the best books I have read since the 7th grade. I liked this book because It is about baseball. And a little about golf. My favorite charecter in this book would be Jimmy. I like jimmy because he has a personality like mine. He is calm untill it comes to sprorts. Like golf. When im not doing good I more less just give up on it. And want to quit. But I dont. I just try to calm down and do good. When you are all upset y ...more
Ms. McCall
The format of the book I found interesting; I’m not sure whether the lack of marginal space was a technique meant to entice male readers, but it’s something that I hadn’t encountered before this read. Told from the point of view of a baseball underdog and structured in choppy chapters, Heart of a Champion tells the story of Seth, who picked up baseball when his father died five years ago and hasn’t quit it since. The intertwining of his idolizing friendship with Jimmy Winter, the star of the te ...more
Cole Hamilton
I think that the author’s purpose in Heart Of A Champion is that you should never doubt yourself, never take life for granted, and that you should never make the same mistake twice. In the book, Seth doesn’t make the team but his coach tries to cheer him and the other boys up by saying “Hey, listen. I know you boys are disappointed. But don’t quit. If you play well, and some varsity player dogs it, I’ll move you up and send him down. That’s a promise.”
The book has two themes. One is to be prep
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Jonathan D
Heart of Champion is a book about two boys named Seth and Jimmy. The book takes place over a period of about 5 or 6 years. The book expresses the challenges of temptations, school, and sports as a minor. Seth’s father passed away when he was in sixth grade. He turned to baseball and a new friend named Jimmy for comfort. Seth and practice together and then finally little league tryouts come. Seth is disappointed when he is put on a different team than his best friend Jimmy. The season comes to an ...more
Jack L
Heart of a Champion

I read Heart of a Champion this quarter. This book was really good and I’m glad that I read it. The librarian suggested it for me. She made a great choice and I go back to her for books. The book was about a kid Seth who hasn’t played baseball at all in his life. He was at a park and he saw this boy and his dad. The ball was hit at him and they asked him to play at second. He did they got him to try out for a team. His friend Jimmy is really good because his dad was a minor le
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Nick R.
This book is about a kid, Seth, who is not a very good baseball player. Seth meets Jimmy, who is born to play baseball and his dad, a baseball fanatic and Jimmy’s “boss”, at a baseball diamond. Seth got to know Jimmy really well and started practicing with them. Seth began to realize that Jimmy's dad had a drinking problem and was always being mean to Jimmy. That season Jimmy and Seth began to play baseball on the varsity baseball team. Then things went downhill for Jimmy and he started developi ...more
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