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Hothead

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  271 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Connor Sullivan is an All-Star shortstop on his Babe Ruth team, the Orioles. He can hit and field with the best of them, but he's got one big problem: his temper. When he strikes out or makes an error, he's a walking Mt. Vesuvius, slamming batting helmets and throwing gloves. His teammates are starting to avoid him, even his best friend Jordy. His coach is ready to kick hi ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Hyperion Book CH (first published February 25th 2011)
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Alex R
First I should tell you that I love baseball. Baseball is the best sport ever invented, and I think Cal Ripken really portrays the determination and fun in baseball. This book's Genre is realistic-fiction that has to do with sports. I would recommend this book to a young teenager that loves reading books about baseball, and to people who read Mike Lupica books because they are very similar. This book just catches you when you start reading it. Cal Ripken made this book so catchy that I read it ...more
Ben
This was a pretty good book about someone having trouble balancing his life. Overtime he learns to deal better with his dad losing his job and feels better. He becomes a better player and a better person in the end.
Laura Bryant
Great book for baseball fans. The story is good and relatable. Connor is a 12 year old baseball star who is coping with some challenges in his home life - his dad lost his job and their family is struggling to make ends meet. Connor's frustration is reflected on his attitude in the baseball field. He keeps losing his cool and exploding in anger every time things don't go well. His coach steps in and helps Connor work through his temper issues. Aside from the fact that the book was written by Cal ...more
Ian A
I thought Hothead was an solid book. The story is about a kid named Connor Sullivan who is a very talented baseball player. He gets invitation to the Brooks Robinson baseball camps and his team is undefeated. Although with recent troubles with his parents and his dad not having a job Connor is becoming unglued on the baseball field. This keeps happening a lot so his coach pays him a visit and tells him he has one more chance. Will Connor make it through the season or will he just become another ...more
Kim
From April 2011 SLJ:
Gr 3-6–Connor Sullivan seems to have it made: the seventh-grade all-star shortstop is well liked by his teammates and has a good shot at the invitation-only Brooks Robinson Camp. But he hasn’t told anyone that his dad was laid off from his job as a car salesman, and that financial worries are creating tension at home. The stress starts to get the better of Connor on the field, and the previously even-tempered player starts having major meltdowns. At first, his outbursts are s
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Laela
I feel I need to let you know that I am a baseball girl. I am that person who sits around and watches the game night after night. You want to talk about what's going on with my Reds, be ready, we'll be here awhile. You need to know this because I am about to tell you that this book has too much baseball in it, and I want to make sure you understand that I know what I am talking about.

Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of great things going on in this book. Connor's family is going through a rou
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Tommy W
Hothand is a really good book by Cal Ripken Jr. that has to do with a boy who plays baseball. Connor Sullivan is a boy who loves baseball and is very good at it too. Connor’s dad just got fired from his job and so his mom has to work extra hard and she is barely ever home. This makes Connor frustrated and he takes the frustration out on the baseball field when he does something wrong. Then Connor meets this girl name Melissa who really likes him and he likes her. She is a writer on there school ...more
Zach Strawser
Hothead by Cal Ripken Jr. is a book about a 12 year old boy that lives in Maryland and that is the star baseball player. Connor, the main character plays for the local little league team called the Orioles. Connors father lost his job a year before and is having an extremely hard time finding a job, his mother has to work double shifts at the hospital to pay the bills. Connor is to embarrassed to tell anyone, not even his best friend jordy, baseball is Connors way of relaxing and getting away fr ...more
Ms. Yingling
Connor's father has lost his job, and his mother is working extra hard as a nurse, so while they are supportive of Connor's baseball playing, it's hard for them to get to games and even harder for them to think about paying for summer baseball camp. Even though he's a very good player, Connor finds himself erupting on the field any time anything goes wrong, which doesn't make him look good. His coach is understanding, and a new friend, Melissa, helps him to understand that he needs to channel hi ...more
Angie
Connor is the hotshot of his baseball team, but he is going through some hard times. His dad has been out of work for months and can't find a job. And Connor is having a hard time controlling his emotions; he starts through tantrums during games and is close to being kicked off the team.

This entire book felt like an after school special on dealing with families out of work and controlling your temper. It was way too simplistic with little character development or plot. And there was way too muc
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Sophia
Connor Sullivan is an All-Star shortstop on his Babe Ruth team, the Orioles. He can hit and field with the best of them, but he's got one big problem: his temper. When he strikes out or makes an error, he's a walking Mt. Vesuvius, slamming batting helmets and throwing gloves. His teammates are starting to avoid him, even his best friend Jordy. His coach is ready to kick him off the team. To make matters worse, things aren't much better at home. His dad is having trouble finding a new job after b ...more
Susan
Perhaps baseballs fans will like this more than I did as there was a great deal of play-by-play action. It addresses some great issues: parent's job loss and resulting family stress, sportsmanship and self-control. However, the hothead issue seemed to come from nowhere. Yes, it was brought on by the family's stress of the dad's job loss, but there seemed to be little basis for the kid's actions. His temper just seemed to erupt out of nowhere. First, he's a perfect kid and baseball player, and th ...more
Jackie
Connor Sullivan has more talent than most kids his age...a great shortstop, a powerful hitter, and a humble teammate. That is until his family life comes under stress with his dad losing his job. Connor hears his parents whispering about losing their home and his dad's struggles with unemployment.

That's when Connor's temper is unleashed and gets him suspended from the game he loves. His coach and teammates try to reason with him and calm him down, now that the championship games are about to be
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Shem Henrichsen
The theme of this book is temper. One example is when Connor threw down and kicked his glove after missing a play. Another example is when Connor threw his helmet after striking out. An example of symbolism is the Brooks Robinson baseball camp. People should read this book because it shows how people change for the better.
Ellen
There were some redeeming aspects of this book. The main character genuinely struggles with his temper on the field. Rather than simply painting him as a "bad loser" and a jerk, we see a sympathetic look at a talented player who doesn't want to lose it, but ends up doing so repeatedly. I gave up on the book after jack*** showed up a few times. It's too bad Ripken went for language in the book. It was a good story without it.
The Library Lady
A Matt Christopher style sports/personal issues book with soon to be dated current references and a very predictable plot. Don't know how much is Ripken's work (little, I'd guess) and how much is Cowherd's, but neither really has any genius for kids writing. Stick with Mike Lupica or Dan Gutman for some terrific sports novels for elementary aged kids.

P.S. I have never understood why Ripken was so hailed for his continuous work record. Most of us who got up and went to work every day would have d
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Jenn
This is a nice baseball story by a baseball great sharing his youth struggle with baseball and life. Definitely a recommend for my sports fans --- especially those of Christopher and Lupica.
Colin E.c.
I liked this book because it's about a boy who has to control his emotions. And I'm kind of like that. So it's related to me and that's why I liked this book. And he's also a great baseball player and I like baseball.

Q: What kinds of things did he do to control his emotions?

A: Took a deep breath because when he was about to slam his glove on the ground, he took a deep breath and then he bopped himself on the head.

Q: Why do you think that helped?

A: I think that helped because it calmed him do
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Keith
I read a ton of novels about baseball when I was a boy, and this one would have fit right in as one of my favorites. You always want a kid who feels real who you can root for, and Cal Ripken, Jr. gives us just that. Connor is an All-Star, but his Dad lost his job and the stress this has put on his family has caused Connor to act out on the baseball diamond. He doesn't want to let his team down, but he keeps having explosive incidents that endanger his team's chances of winning the championship. ...more
Jalen Woodson
I like this book because it is about baseball. It also has teams that are in the Major League Baseball and some of those teams are good in real life. My dad would like this book because he likes baseball. I think he likes the New York Yankees or a different team in baseball. One challenge in this book was too many characters. It was challenging because i thought a girl Melissa was Connor's sister but her name was Brianna. Connor had a lot of problems at home for his anger and get's mad at his ba ...more
Cari
Cute book! Interesting story and great lessons about life for my 9YO son.
Cade
Connor Sullivan is a great all- around player, but troubles at home like his parents might lose the house, cause him to get angry with himself by striking out or making an error in the field. His dad is also having a hard time searching for a new job. A girl from school wants to make an article about Connor and threatens to make it about his tantrums. So he had to get his act together so he isn't kicked off of his baseball team the Orioles or be embarrassed by a school newspaper article.
Lesley Strom
Listened to this with my son. Pretty good baseball book. This was read by Cal Ripken Jr so that was kinda cool too. Easy story line and son seemed to enjoy it alot. Hothead is a boy on the Orioles team, Connor, he can't seem to understand why all of a sudden he keeps getting upset and losing his temper. He's very close to getting kicked off his baseball team. Great book for boys. Almost whole book takes place on the baseball field but had a lesson or two in there.
Deb
Connor is the star player on his baseball team. He's popular because he doesn't let his star status go to his head, and he's a nice kid. However, events at home have put a great deal of stress on him, and suddenly he's acting totally out of character. This is a good sports story (if somewhat cliched), but because it can instigate some good discussion about how kids might handle stress. I think that my 6th grade boys will enjoy this one.
Joe
While there are several worthwhile points to this book, I couldn't get over the cheesiness of a lot of the dialogue. There were several reference points to pop culture, which in and of itself isn't bad; however, some came from the today, other from five years ago, and some references I don;t think anyone born after 1986 would get. Despite that, i will still give it to my nine-year-old to read.
Jenifer Zoeller
This was a great book to read with my son. (He is 9, very athletic, & does have a short fuse at times...gets it from his momma.) Even though he could have read it independently, I enjoyed reading it with him because it provided many opportunities to discuss sportsmanship and other sensitive topics from the book. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has a child involved in youth sports.
Kelly
Read this out loud to the kids - great choice for anybody who is into baseball - and especially Orioles' fans out there (sorry, guys - lived in Baltimore too long!) Written by Cal Ripken which is pretty cool in and of itself. Teaches some lessons about the important things in sports and in life - with lots of humor along the way (kids were laughing out loud at many of the parts!)
Kayla Schum
Hothead is about a boy that is good at playing baseball. He has one problem he is a hothead, he throws his helment when he strikes out. He is also having problems at home, his dad has been laid off and having a hard time finding a new job. This book would be good for students to teach them that they cant throw things cause their mad and teach them how they should act.
paula
I was very pleasantly surprised to find that while, yes, the book is all about sportsmanship, it is neither depressing nor monotonous. Connor loses his crap a couple times during baseball games, throwing his glove and kicking equipment into the dugout, and he gets suspended from play because of it, even though he is a star player.

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Cal Ripken, Jr. was a shortstop and third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles for his entire career (1981-2001). Nicknamed “The Iron Man” for his relentless work ethic and reliability on the field, Ripken is most remembered for playing a record 2,632 straight games over 17 seasons. He was a 19-time All Star and is considered to be one of the best shortstops professional baseball has ever seen. In 20 ...more
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