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When a young slugger gets hit by a pitch, he needs more than practice to get back his game.

Sixth grader Jack Mogens has it all figured out: He's got his batting routine down, and his outfielding earns him a starting spot alongside his best friend Andy on their Little League team, the Tall Pines Braves. He even manages to have a not-totally-embarrassing conversation with Ka
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Scholastic Press
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Richie Partington
Richie's Picks: PLUNKED by Michael Northrop, Scholastic Press, March 2012, 256p., ISBN: 978-0-545-29714-1

"But that was just a dream
Try, cry, why, try
That was just a dream
Just a dream, just a dream"
-- REM, "Losing My Religion"

"There's something I would like to say, like, officially: Ooooooooooowwwww!
"I'm lying there at home plate, looking up at all the people standing over me in a circle. Their catcher has his mask pushed up on top of his head. The ump's mask is totally off, and he has this weird
Barb Middleton
I toss the softball straight up, eye its descent like a hawk, before swinging the aluminum bat hard while pivoting my hips; a satisfying thud shatters the silence as the ball sails into the net. I repeat the cathartic motion again and again: toss, smash, toss, smash, toss smash. I love sports... especially baseball. I got a chance to play slow pitch last Tuesday and had a blast just tossing the ball up and clobbering it into the pitching net. A peacefulness settles on me like dust on the field w ...more
Keenan Wright
This book is about a child named Jack Mogens who is a baseball player and is in the sixth grade at Tall Pines Elementary. Jack is competing with another good baseball player to get on the team. Jack wants to make the starting lineup on the team since this is his last year in Little League. The team shortstop is Katie, a girl, who Jack likes and he is not able to have a conversation with her without getting embarrassed in the past. All is going well for Jack until he is hit by a wild pitch. After ...more
Mitch Mcdunnah
This book is about a boy named Jack that has a passion the game of baseball. Jack never liked inside pitches when he was hitting. He always looked forward to practice until one day he got hit. This changed the way he looked at the game. This book is a very entertaining book and has a bunch of suspense in between chapters. You don't have to love baseball to read this book. Will Jack quit in the middle of the season or will he stay with the team until the end of the year. You will have to read Plu ...more
Courtney Rodkey
Michael Northrop

I read the book Plunked, by Michael Northrop. I am definitely not a fan of sports books, especially not baseball. If I am being honest, this book was not terrible. I didn’t find it very interesting but I got through it. Plunked is about a boy named Jack Mogens who is in the 6th grade, and plays little leagues baseball. His best friend, Andy and him have played together since t-ball. Jack’s goal- and his other 6th grade team mates- is to be a starter, since this is their l
A book gleefully focused on baseball, with a charming cast of young main characters whose passion for their sport gives a whole lot of momentum to the narrative. Also, some of the most authentic boy-speak I've seen in literature recently. Highly recommended!
Lj bunker
This book starts off in the middle of one of Jack Mogens little league baseball games. When the book starts off he loves baseball and he is pretty good. That all changes when he is hit by a ball. After getting hit hard by a baseball he is spooked his game is off and he doesn't know if he wants to continue playing. In the end he regains his confidence and knows he can do it.
I really liked this book because it shows children that you cant let one little event change who you will be or the things
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Ms. Yingling
Jack has things pretty much figured out, as much as anyone can in the 6th grade. He's on a Little League team with good friends and a girl whom he thinks is cute. He's doing well on the team, too-- until he gets hit by a pitch and sent to the hospital. It's just a mild concussion, but it makes him wary of getting up to the plate again. He finds himself faking an injury and lying to his parents in order to get out of a game, and then thinks that he may drop out of playing baseball altogether. Bas ...more
From April 2012 SLJ
Gr 4-7:Well-developed characters and a strong narrative voice make this novel about much more than baseball. Jack Mogens is ready for his sixth season of Little League. He has a good arm, he's a decent hitter, and he thinks he has a shot at being the starting left fielder for the Tall Pines Braves. But when he gets hit during the first game and ends up being treated for a mild concussion, his lack of confidence about inside pitches turns into real trepidation. Nightmares about
Plunked by Michael Northop
Scholastic, 2012
Realistic Fiction: Sports
247 pages
Recommended for grades 4-6

Who loves sports books?? Not me! But I read them from time to time. Just because I don't dig a play-by-play of really any sport, doesn't mean my students feel the same way.

But here's the thing: I loved this book! Northrop is well versed in the game of baseball, there is no question there. But writing a middle grade novel about baseball isn't just about writing good sports plays, you've got to c
a. Realistic Fiction
b. 256 pages
c. Plunked by Michael Northrop is about Jack Mogens and his life about baseball. Jack lives with his mom and dad, and he has a best friend named Andy. Andy and Jack live in Tall Pines, and play for the Tall Pines baseball team. They both are competing for the starting position on their team; Jack in left field and Andy on third base. After lots of hard work they both earn the starting position. Jack is a great ball player, but he has one weakness: inside pitches.
Hyunwoo R.
This is a book based on a character who plays baseball. The character talks about him playing in a league, competing for his position in the field, left field. Plunked may be difficult to understand if you aren't familiar with baseball and the rules. This book is fairly easy and if you are looking for an easy fun book about baseball, I would recommend this.
Shem Henrichsen
The theme of this book is courage. One example of the theme is Jack came back to baseball after being hit in the head. Another example is when Jack had the courage to admit he broke his friend'd mother's glass. An example of symbolism is the first time Jack got hit. People should read this book because it is a great example of love for the game.
Andrew Scott
This book was fantastic it had a lot of detail about baseball and its was a very funny book. I liked the part when the main character gets his spot on his favorite little league baseball team.

I think this book is for everyone all ages and grades because it's not scary or Horrifying or even isn't a mystery book it's a funny book.
Sometimes, you just want to quit, to not persevere through something hard, to not face your fears. This is just what 12-year-old Jack faces in Plunked after he gets hit with a baseball. And yet, he’s grown up playing baseball, and he’s a starter this year. A solid story of a boy who learns to hang in there and get back in the game.
Nov 16, 2012 Jessica marked it as hikedigitalbookshelf
Plunked is a story about a boy who has worked extremely hard at a sport he loves; baseball. He has mastered every skill he needed to earn a starting spot on the little league team with his best friend. When a stray pitch changes everything Jack has worked for, he must figure out what to do next. This book will keep you rooting for Jack to find the courage to get back everything he has worked for.

This would be a suitable book for upper elementary students (4-6). I think it would appeal to my futu
I grew up playing softball. My parents also played co-ed and slow pitch. Basically I lived on the baseball field as a kid. Because of that, I was able to relate to this story. That being said, I don't think it was award winning writing.

This is a story about a boy who is on a baseball team and it basically gives a play by play of his baseball season. If you have a child who loves baseball I would totally recommend this book. I did like that it shows how this boy overcomes struggles, learns teamwo
Ryan Field
I'm always reading and hearing that there aren't enough books out there geared toward boys in MG and YA. Well, this book certainly makes up for that. After I read it, I let my sixth grade nephew read it and he gave it five stars, too. It's not just about baseball. It's about a young boy's quest to overcome his fears and insecurities while he's learning how to become a full grown man. His POV is as authentic as any other I've read in this genre and I found myself cheering him on all through the b ...more
Alyssa Calhoun
This book chronicles a few weeks of a baseball season and 6th grade player Jack Mogens. If you love baseball, you should definitely read this book.

The characters were well developed and seemed to be a pretty accurate representation of 6th grade boys. I loved the best-friends theme between Jack and his friend Andy, and I also thought that the "villian" character, secretly nick-named Malfoy, contributed nicely, too. The role of Jack's parents was perfect--nosy when needed, but also giving him spac
I liked this book because when I listened to Jack's voice, he SOUNDED like a 6th grade boy. He totally goes from one subject to another, and his conversations with his friends and reactions to the conversations that he has with his friends are VERY realistic.

I have a sixth grader, who plays baseball, so I could automatically relate.

I liked the fact that the parents in the story were imperfect, quirky, and a bit nerdy, but they were REAL, not stereotypically stupid.

I liked the fact that Jack was
I wanted to love this book! I love, and I mean LOVE baseball, but getting through this books was tedious. I waited and waited for the "big event" to happen, and then when it did (a third of the way through the book), it was such a let down.
Jun 10, 2013 Lucas rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Plunked is a very refreshing book for me to read. I can remember back to my childhood when my friends and I acted and spoke to one another just like Jack and his friends do. Sure you are polite around parents, teachers, and coaches but having nicknames for people you think look like a character out of a book? Absolutely! Putting your best friend on notice that they need to stop acting like a baby and get back in the game they love? Most definitely! And...helping out and being supportive when it ...more
Easton Turnage
I loved this book! It involved things that I have been able to relate to in my life. I would easily recommend this book to anyone who ever is playing baseball or ever has.
Oct 22, 2013 Jamie rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I read this book aloud to my 8 year old son. My son loves to play baseball. This book is about a kid who gets hit by a pitch during his baseball game and what he mentally has to go through to be brave enough to step up to the plate again. This book showed my son that other kids are scared of batting, of not making the team, and of having to ride the bench sometimes. Sometimes kids don't want to hear advice from their parents about such things. This would be a great book for a kid to read to lear ...more
Kris Patrick
The writing is great! Problem is that I'm not a baseball person. Plunked will resonate with kids who participate in youth travel all-star sport leagues. #bookaday
Kristi Bell
This book is about a 6th grader who gets hit by a pitch and has to overcome his fear from getting hit again.

There is a clean read for late elementary to middle school kids.
Erika Briggs
Not that it wasn't good, but I'm not really into baseball and all that. Especially when the main character is a lying, manipulative, teenager who thinks that he's the best player until he gets hit and he thinks that the world has ended. People's careers end all the time. Suck it up, Mogens!
Jake Matthaidess
This book is a great book it was about a kid and his Little League goal. But he has do dodge bullets along his 6th career to be a starter.
Plunked is a must-read for true baseball fans. Jack lives for baseball, and is devastated when he is hit in the head (while wearing his batting helmet) with a pitch. He is not seriously injured, but he is overcome with anxiety about being hit again when he tries to return after the incident. His response to the anxiety is very normal for a kid his age--he doesn't know quite what to do with it, is embarrassed, and instead of telling his parents or coach, he lies to cover up the fact that he is af ...more
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Michael Northrop's first young adult novel, Gentlemen, earned him a Publishers Weekly Flying Start citation, and his second, Trapped, was an Indie Next List pick and an ALA/YALSA Readers' Choice List selection. His first middle-grade novel, Plunked, was named one of the best children's books of the year by the New York Public Library and the Bank Street College of Education. He was a senior editor ...more
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