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Hothead (Cal Ripken, Jr.'s All Stars)

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  465 Ratings  ·  68 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
Dec 13, 2012 Alex R rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 26, 2011 Ben rated it really liked it
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.
Ryan Callahan
Feb 23, 2015 Ryan Callahan rated it really liked it
I thought it was a very good book sine it shows that if you lose your temper in anything you will have to face the consequences and people might start disliking you. I thought the book taught a good lesson.
Alex D
Jan 09, 2017 Alex D rated it really liked it
The book Hothead by Cal Ripken Jr. Is about a boy named Connor that is struggling with his emotions on the baseball field and had to suffer the consequences. Connor and his team, the Orioles made a run for the playoffs but Connor got suspended. The team made it to the championship game and he had to keep his cool or else something bad would happen.

I liked how the book was relatable to baseball players but I did not like how it was 3rd person point of view. 1st person would express the idea bette
Dylan M
Mar 20, 2015 Dylan M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book because it looked like a good baseball book and it turned out to be a really good. The story takes place in the early summer time. School is about to let out and Connor is ready for it to be baseball season. But there's one things blocking baseball and him. It's his temper. He can't control making a mistake and taking it out on something or someone. He has both Internal and External because he is too distracted by what is going on in his mind about family issues. Also External ...more
Zach Strawser
Dec 12, 2013 Zach Strawser rated it it was amazing
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
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
Feb 28, 2014 Aaron rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Fun and dull. Just like its author! Jk. This book is for the (early) juvenile reader, as an inspiration to "keep on keeping on" especially if you are super-talented baseball player and supposedly holding yourself back by a bad attitude.

Although the premise is slightly far-fetched, with a boring play-by-play writing style, that seemingly shows home runs are common in Little League, the simple story line is easy to follow.

None of the young characters have any depth, and the klutz of the team even
Jan 03, 2016 Mcunha59 rated it really liked it
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Apr 06, 2011 Laela rated it it was ok
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
Tommy W
Sep 06, 2012 Tommy W rated it it was amazing
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
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
Aug 20, 2012 Angie rated it did not like it
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
Oct 21, 2013 Sophia rated it it was ok
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
Kylie Bengtzen
May 03, 2016 Kylie Bengtzen rated it liked it
The book Hothead by Cal Ripken Jr. and Kevin Cowherd tells the story of a boy who is the best baseball player on his team but his problem is he loses his temper. The main characters are Connor, Connor's father, Connor's mother, Melissa, and Jordy. This novel mainly takes place in Connor's home and at the baseball field where he plays. Overall, I thought the book was a 3-star rating because I like baseball and that is what it is about but I don't really like how it is mainly about him losing his ...more
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
Jun 24, 2012 Susan rated it it was ok
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
The Library Lady
Jun 21, 2011 The Library Lady rated it it was ok
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
Vincent Ambrosino
Nov 27, 2015 Vincent Ambrosino rated it it was amazing
Connor Sullivan is a very good baseball player. He could hit well and defend good, but the thing that held him back was his attitude and temper. "Connor shook his head mournfully and reached for a cheeseburger." I can relate to this book very much because I am a baseball player. When I was younger I had the same problem he did, but I changed and became a allaround good baseball player. A bad attitude and temper get you nowhere in baseball the coach will probably see it and bench you the entire s ...more
Jul 25, 2011 Keith rated it really liked it
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
Colin E.c.
Dec 18, 2013 Colin E.c. rated it it was amazing
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
Jalen Woodson
Jul 30, 2012 Jalen Woodson rated it really liked it
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
Derek Stanoch
Dec 12, 2014 Derek Stanoch rated it really liked it
Connor Sullivan is an awesome shortstop on his Babe Ruth team, he plays for the local city team the Orioles. He can play amazing baseball. He can hit field and throw the ball good. He also has one really big problem, and that is his temper. Whenever he makes a mistake or he doesn't do good he gets really mad. One thing that doesn't help is that his dad has been laid off and is having a hard time finding a job. Therefore they don't have any money and Connor might not be able to do his childhood d ...more
Lauren Amanda
Aug 27, 2015 Lauren Amanda rated it it was amazing
First I'll start by saying that I'm a fan of baseball, the Orioles, and Cal. So maybe my review is a bit biased on that part. Mostly I just really enjoyed this book. It's geared towards younger readers. It balances the action and fun of play by play sports with real life situations that young kids experience such as hardships at home and interacting with the opposite sex. The story has a really good message to it about keeping going when life gets rough, but the message isn't too cheesy or over ...more
Ian A
Nov 13, 2014 Ian A rated it really liked it
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
Apr 13, 2014 Ellen rated it it was ok
Shelves: never-finished
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.
Jul 15, 2013 Cade rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 26, 2016 Joan rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, which is the first in a series about a middle-school boy and his life on and off the baseball field. I especially enjoyed the subtle references to the Baltimore Orioles, such as one of the baseball playing fields being named "Eddie Murray Field." Since baseball is such a male-dominated sport, it was nice to have a girl introduced as the sports editor of the school newspaper. The book gets a bit cliched at times, but it was written well and was fun to read.
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.
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.
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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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