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My Secret Life as a Ping-Pong Wizard (Hank Zipzer #9)

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Hank thought that getting through summer school to get to the fifth grade would be hard enough, but little did he know that it would get worse! Everyone in the fifth grade is starting to focus on a sport—and they’re really good. Everyone, that is, except Hank. When Papa Pete suggests that Hank take up Ping-Pong, he decides to give it a try but keeps it top secret, as he th ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 22nd 2005 by Grosset & Dunlap
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Dominic Onate
Sep 24, 2015 Dominic Onate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Secret Life as a Ping-pong Wizard

The book I read My Secret Life as a Ping-pong Wizard is a very good book because Hank said he would not like ping pong. After he was done playing ping pong for the first time he was happy he played ping pong. At the end of the book he faced his fears to play in front of the whole school. I think this book is intense and as a lot of action. Here is an example from the book. “Ping! Sam Chin hit a fast serve down the middle of the table.” I can relate myself to P
Eva Meng
I think this book is very interesting because Hank wanted to play a sport he tried out soccer and he only stack cones if he failed and sat on the bench. Then one day his grandpa told him about ping pong and he finally was good at ping pong so he was a ping pond wizard so he didn't need to stay on the soccer team. I think this was a great idea so Hank didn't need to get yelled at everyday anymore. I would like to recommend this book to many people who likes to read Hank Zipzer books. I like this ...more
My older dyslexic (11) loved it, my younger (9) not as much.
Yasuko Takatsuki
Feb 25, 2014 Yasuko Takatsuki rated it it was ok
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Aug 24, 2011 Marblesaurus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was hilarious! I was so happy to know that Hank finally find a sport he can really enjoy and it's ping-pong! I played ping-pong at junior high and at college. Well, we call it 'table tennis,' though. Hank is very kind to young kids, and again here his kindness helps him get over his fear to show his true self to others. Reading Hank's story always makes me happy.
Nov 01, 2008 Duane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another in the great Hank Zipzer series! Hank finds himself becoming a Ping Pong ace, but he worries that his friends and schoolmates won't accept Ping Pong as a actual sport. Hank soon learns that it doesn't matter what his schoolmates thinks, as long as he knows he's doing whats right. A great read!
Jun 23, 2009 Victoria rated it really liked it
When Hank starts to notice that almost everyone he knows is good at some type of sport he decides to try to take one up. But after numerous stubbed toes , a couple of numbed fingers, Hank decides sports aren't for him. Untill he met a sport that changed that all
Wende Green Frost
Sep 17, 2013 Wende Green Frost rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My 9 year old rated it as 4 stars. I probably wouldn't rate it anywhere near as high, but then I'm not the target demographic. Lets just say I'm thrilled to be moving onto a new bedtime book tomorrow.
Dec 22, 2009 Brett rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile-series
Hank gets stronger with every book. This series deals with learning issues with humor, realism, & kindness.
Jul 10, 2008 Andy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 4-6 graders
One of my favorites out of all the Hank Zipzer books.
Feb 21, 2010 Aesha☆ rated it it was amazing
i love this series.
May 07, 2012 Andy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very good book
Jun 06, 2012 PWRL marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-new
Sep 30, 2010 Shona rated it it was amazing
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Henry Winkler is instantly recognizable and admired by audiences of all ages for his role as the Fonz on the long-running series, Happy Days. In addition, he is an award-winning producer and director of family and children's programming. He is also the author of the critically-acclaimed Hank Zipzer series, which follows the everyday adventures of a bright boy with learning challenges.

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