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Saving Armpit

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  105 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
When vandals deface the Harmony Point sign, the town does indeed seem to become the “arm Pit” of the region. The baseball team hasn’t won a game in two seasons and the town itself is falling into disrepair. But when the new postmaster becomes the new ball coach, Clay and the rest of the Terriers finally seem to stand a chance of winning a game. Until they overhear a bureau ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 31st 2011 by Fitzhenry & Whiteside (first published February 21st 2011)
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Nov 13, 2012 Angie rated it really liked it
Harmony Point is a losing town. None of their sports teams win, they are being swallowed up by a megacity, and even their town sign has been vandalized (it now reads Arm Pit). The Terriers are the town little league team and they haven't won a game in years; they also don't hit or really score at all. But this year they have a new coach, Mr. Blackmore the postmaster. He actually knows something about baseball and the team actually starts doing better. Then they find out that the post office may ...more
Canadian Children's Book Centre
Clay and the rest of the Harmony Point Terriers baseball team are used to losing. Their coaches have never known anything about baseball, they have mismatched hand-me-down uniforms, they lose every game. Their situation seems appropriate for their small town, which has also lost its fire and police departments and even the local government — all now amalgamated into the city of Holmesville. No one has even bothered to fix the town sign where April Fool’s pranksters painted out most of the letter ...more
Feb 07, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
This one was so clever and funny. The peewee baseball team at Harmony Point (currently known as Arm Pit after an April Fools' Day prank) has never won a game when the new postman Mr. Blackmore volunteers to take over as coach.

"'Nah, we lose to everyone. We stink,' said Tim.

'Not everyone,' Tom argued. 'I think we beat the purple team once.'

'Only six of their players showed up that day,' Tim reminded him. 'They had to use one kid's kindergarten brother, and we lent them Dale and Sanjay.'

'So basica
Monica Kulling
Oct 17, 2011 Monica Kulling rated it it was amazing
SAVING ARMPIT by Natalie Hyde

Non-fiction writers are known to fantasize about writing fiction, but few successfully make the leap to this differently demanding genre. Natalie Hyde has published nearly 20 non-fiction titles on topics as diverse as germ theory, micro life, and population patterns. With her first work of fiction, Saving Armpit (recently nominated for the 2012 Silver Birch Express Award), Hyde has successfully entered the land of make-believe or, as fiction has been called, the “li
Lisa Dalrymple
Dec 31, 2011 Lisa Dalrymple rated it it was amazing
The Harmony Point Terriers are having a rough season. They’ve lost their first 3 games, their old coach and - thanks to vandals changing the town sign to read Arm Pit - they’ve even lost their name. It’s understandable that, when they suspect the Harmony Point post office is about to be closed, they get nervous: their new coach is the post man and they are not going to lose him as well!

Saving Arm Pit is a new twist on the classic story of team spirit and determination. The Terriers’ dream of bec
Dec 10, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
When I started reading Saving Armpit by Natalie Hyde I thought it was going to be about a camp. But, it turned out to be a book about a community coming together to make a change. The difference was that most of the community had no idea that change was taking place. I especially liked that it was the kids who banded together to write letters to bring about change. Working towards a cause can have consequences you didn’t even see! Fans of baseball will definitely enjoy this book and the changes ...more
Feb 12, 2014 Denise rated it liked it
This is one of the 2014 Nutmeg Nominees. My daughter and I have only one more to read from the nominee list. I was more impressed with this one than I expected. It was a cute story with a nice message.
Judith Robinson
Jul 21, 2014 Judith Robinson rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book that is extremely well-crafted, original and motivational. Hyde has done more than just write a book - she has created a movement. Well done!
Kim Gontarz
Children can do some amazing things, like save and inprove a town.
3.5 stars, rounded up. Super cute, recomended for grades 3-4. I liked the subtle message that kids really can make a difference in their communities - maybe not the central theme of the story or the ultimate goal of the characters, but it made this story stand out for me.

Set (and originally published) in Canada. This is worth noting because of mentions of Parliament, etc. And apparently Canadians can write to government officials without being charged for postage to promote communication between
Andrew Lachappelle
Andrew LaChappelle
Do you like a book that you can read when your on the go or just at home relaxing if you do,Saving Arm Pit is for you. The main characters are Clay,Stewy,Sophie,Tom,Tim,Coach Blackmore, And Miss.Apfelbaum. The setting of Saving Arm Pit is ,The Baseball field,and The Post Office. The most exciting part i liked was when sophie was in the middle of 1st and 2nd and a person was on each base passing it back and forth but one off the catchers dropped the ball and so she ran.If you li
Kathy Heare Watts
This past weekend, I went over to my daughter's house to watch the granddaughters and took this book which I had won on Goodreads. My 11-years-old granddaughter read the story and then shared parts of the story with me as she was reading. We had fun discussing the recipe for FANTASY FUDGE, which she thinks I need to make now. I liked that there are some pictures, especially showing ads and letters, and a glossary of baseball terms in the back of the book.
Kathy Heare Watts
This past weekend, I went over to my daughter's house to watch the granddaughters and took this book which I had won on Goodreads. My 11-years-old granddaughter read the story and then shared parts of the story with me as she was reading. We had fun discussing the recipe for FANTASY FUDGE, which she thinks I need to make now. I liked that there are some pictures, especially showing ads and letters, and a glossary of baseball terms in the back of the book.
Apr 29, 2016 Livia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny book.... Loved it in grade 4.
Thano R
Feb 12, 2014 Thano R rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a light hearted story about a baseball team who has not won a game but the inprove when they get a new coach. The team are doing great but when they learn that their coach might get transfored to a new post office because it's not getting any mail the kids on the team make a awesome plan to save their coach. I really liked this book
Tamara the Librarian
Ugh. The Nutmegs are so disappointing this year. This book is fine. Basic. About a crappy youth baseball team from a teeny town in Canada that get a better coach in the new postmaster but might lose him b/c the post office might be closed due to low mail flow. Kids try to save the postoffice and become a better team. Light and fun.
Lisa Bricker
Feb 07, 2013 Lisa Bricker rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids-fiction
Judging by the cover, I expected humor, probably of the middle school boy variety. It was just earnest enough not to be truly amusing and just off-kilter enough to make it hard to take seriously. I'm not sure what exactly I wanted out of it, but whatever it was, it wasn't in the book.
Sylvia McNicoll
Sep 17, 2012 Sylvia McNicoll rated it really liked it
Lots of baseball, wonderful characters and great humour. I love the letters, notes and other written communiques between chapters. Everybody can make a difference sometime and sometimes going for what you want also happens to be the right thing for everybody.
Nicole Frazzetta
While I don't particularly care for baseball, I was able to look past all of the sport references to see the bigger picture of kids fighting for their community. It is a heart-warming story and I would definitely recommend it to reluctant readers.
Tracy T
Jul 17, 2013 Tracy T rated it liked it
This book was a very quick read. It has the typical plot of the come from behind team, win the game storyline. Characters were likeable but lacked any real depth. The book reads more like a short story. Good for reluctant readers.
Dec 31, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
okay to sum it up really short yet really cute. i liked how the kids in coming up with a campaign to save their coach, end of bettering their community in so many ways without even realizing it.
Nice story about a neglected small town baseball team who gets a great coach. The kids accidentally make some big improvements for the town, and even win some games! Cute, sure.
Jul 20, 2013 Smcneice rated it liked it
The baseball was okay, but the letter writing was awesome! The power of letter writing and the idea that even kids can change the world was really inspiring in this short novel.
Mar 07, 2013 Monika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for kids that love baseball. Well written with fun characters and a good cause. The ending is not obvious which is nice in a children's book.
Mar 15, 2012 Fred rated it it was amazing
It was a great book it was about baseball and their coach was fed up with them so he quit and the new coach is way better at talking. they always win now
Jan 05, 2013 Carrie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was basically forced to read this. It's a nice light-hearted baseball story, however the Canadian setting and terminology may cause some confusion.
Jun 10, 2011 Marsha rated it it was amazing
I know nothing of baseball yet I still found this novel a very good read. Loved the humour and the twist at the end. Way to go, Gnat!

Sep 10, 2013 Debbie rated it it was ok
Shelves: karen
A real lightweight of a book.

Bottom line of the story - working together and working hard does accomplish good things.
Jodi Papazian
Cute, short story about a group of baseball players who try to save their local post office - and their coach's job.
Jan 17, 2015 Cheriee rated it it was amazing
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