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Out in Left Field

3.18 of 5 stars 3.18  ·  rating details  ·  22 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Donald is sure that his life is ruined when a pop fly beanball knocks him senseless out in left field. The error costs his team the game, and Donald is convinced that they whole town is laughing at him. A sequel to When the Sergeant Came Marching Hone.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published February 20th 2012 by Holiday House
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Miss Amanda
gr 4-8 217 pgs

1947/1948, Montana.

I picked up this book expecting it to be a sports story. Instead, it's more of a non-sports story. After the first chapter, Donald swears off baseball, his favorite sport, for all time after he misses a crucial pop fly. Most of the story revolves around Donald's series of plans, none which turn out right, to prove that he has an area of expertise.

I would recommend this book for a reader looking for a humorous story. Donald's search to prove his expertise in anyt
Susie White
Out in Left Field is a sweet story of a young boy named Donald from a rural Montana town circa 1947. Donald is humiliated when he costs his team the game as a pop-fly hits him in the head, and is forced to face the embarrassment for the remainder of the year. Donald goes through plenty of typical boyhood trip-ups, providing relatability in several senses for many who have felt the sting of embarrassment growing up. We begin to wonder if Donald will ever be able to avoid any type of embarrassment ...more
Ms. Yingling
In this sequel to When the Sergeant Came Marching Home (which I haven't read; it didn't affect my comprehension) set in 1947, Donald flubs catching a pop fly at the before school baseball game with a rival town, and feels that he let down the entire town. When school starts, he tries one scheme after another to redeem himself-- he saves up for an archery set, learns to drive a truck, takes up hockey, and generally tries to find something to set himself apart while enduring the taunts of his clas ...more
I'm afraid I didn't like this historical fiction possible WAW nominee at all. And since it's by a Canadian author, I'm not sure why it's even on the list. But it takes place on an Oregon farm in 1947 and is about Donald who loves baseball. But when he misses a catch in the final game of the season and gets hit in the head so they lose the game, he feels he'll never live it down. Of course the school bully rubs it in and makes it hard to forget so Donald gives up baseball and tries to excel in ot ...more
Out in Left Field was a good book because it kind of had multiple stories in one book. It was kind of like a diary and I liked it, but the only reason I rated it four stars was because the ending was abrupt and the transitions from one event to another were a little strange. For example,"...was the terrible longing I felt during our long lunch hour when the older boys headed for the ball field. (next chapter) One Saturday morning in November..."(Page 109-110). Even though some parts of the book ...more
Mel Raschke
Part 2 to When the Sergeant Came Marching Home, Out In Left Field offers more feel-good, laugh-aloud adventures of eleven-year-old Donald growing up in post-World War II Montana. This timeout, Donald is sure that his life is ruined when a pop fly bean ball knocks him senseless out in left field. The error costs his team the game, and Donald is desperate to redeem himself. But all of his efforts end in disaster. Children will welcome the return of this appealing young hero in a hilarious new stor ...more
Rachel Seigel
The main character is realistic and will resonate with kids. I suspect that kids growing up in more rural areas and near or on farms will get more out of this than urban kids, but is overall a decent boy's story. Nothing spectacular, but a few smile-worthy moments and an easy read.
This is probably a little high for the book but it reminded me so much of Poppa that I had to give it 4. Cute and a quick read.
A nice feel good novel. The antics of Donald are really funny at times.
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