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Over the Wall

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  180 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Tyler's temper is out of control. If he isn't careful, he'll blow his chances of making the All-Star team and being noticed by a scout. But Tyler's coach, a Vietnam War veteran, has seen anger destroy enough people. He knows that if Tyler is ever going to fulfill his dreams, he'll have to learn to fight his battles with his glove, his bat, and his love for the game. Not wi ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 18th 2002 by Puffin Books (first published May 8th 2000)
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Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
In his baseball-themed novels for young adults, author John H. Ritter frequently combines ball-field action with a kid's personal struggle with an issue that impacts his ability to play the game. In The Boy Who Saved baseball, the theme was "baseball and the choice between progress and tradition, or between business and the environment." In Choosing Up Sides, it was "baseball and the injustice of bigotry." And now, in a story about a thirteen-year-old shortstop with anger-management problems, th ...more
Ethan Bell
Over the Wall by John H. Ritter is a great book if you love baseball. Or, even if you love sports. The main character, Tyler Walter, goes through any problems during the course of this book. The main one being, keeping his temper. It is a great book to make connections to.
Tyler goes from his home in San Diego to New York with his cousins every summer. His cousin and him play baseball in a very advanced baseball league for 13 and 14 year-olds. In Tyler's first two games, he gets thrown out of t
Roan Ferris
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
The overall story about Tyler was good. I think that the book will teach you about how to control you temper. Tyler is a kid that at the beginning has a family of four, but when his sister dies, his dad becomes depressed for years. Finally Tyler got tired of it and that's when his temper was created. Whenever something didn't go his way or didn't go as planned, he would rage and cause fights which would cause him to get thrown out of baseball game. He would get mad because everyone underestimate ...more
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was a great young adult realistic fiction novel about how tragedy could affect your life. I like how Tyler got over his anger problems in the story. I also like how Tyler ultimately got better than what he wanted at the end. This novel has some vary powerful scenes and life lessons. Tyler does some vary bold things in this novel. Towards the end of the story Tyler made me think about the way I act. I do think Tyler and Breannas relationship was wired.
R. Garcia
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Sean C.
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Over the Wall
John H. Ritter
312 Pages

This book is about a kid named Tyler who goes to New York every summer to visit his cousins and play baseball. When Tyler was younger his sister was playing a joke on their dad and she was trying to scare him, but their dad was pulling his car out and his sister fell and got run over. She didn't die immediately, but in the hospital a vein burst under her eye which did kill her. Tyler's dad was never the same man. So, in New York Tyler is playi
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Over the Wall by John Ritter is a book that I really enjoyed. The main character, Tyler, is definitely a dynamic character. As a dynamic character, he goes through a huge internal change. This book may look like a book that is based solely on baseball, but it's not. I would not recommend it to anybody who is looking for a good baseball book to read. This book hones in on how Tyler finds his own opinions on certain things in life. He finds a way to look past the way other people view things. I k ...more
Dec 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: alexsbookshelf
Actually, it took us two months to read this as this was our nighttime reader and we didn't always have time. It's fun to read with Alex now because he is moving into books with deeper topics. We'd read The Boy Who Saved Baseball also by Ritter and really really loved it. The author has the extra draw for us of being from San Diego and he finds a way to weave in our fair city in his books. This one seems like it is about baseball, but it really isn't. It's much more about a 13 year old boy at a ...more
Michael Fulgieri
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
I rated this book 2 stars because the ending of this book was not really what i was expecting. I didn't feel that the ending was what should have happened and that it didn't feel right. The book didn't flow very smoothly and just felt as if it jumped from one problem to another with one big resolution at the end that didn't really resolve anything. The resolution actually got Tyler in some more trouble. I did like how the conflicts throughout the book arose and how he tried to fight them but the ...more
James Woolard
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In this book there is a lots of emotion. The way there is powerful feeling in how little 13 year old Tyler realizes anger is not the way to handle all your situations, especially in baseball. When he goes to visit his cousin Louis he gets interested in playing baseball with him. His coach opens up to him about his past and about him being a veteran from Vietnam. He tries to show Tyler that anger is not the way too solutions by taking him on a walk and his Aunt shows him the Vietnam monument in D ...more
Over the wall by John H. Ritter tells a story of one kids ruff life due to his older sister Alyssa's death. And his dream to make the all stars but his bad anger issue keeps getting him into trouble.
the begning of over the wall takes place in California at there family home. Alyssa and Tyler was trying to pull a prank on their dad, by hooping into the back of their dad's truck. as Alyssa hooped in, her dad pull the truck in revrse. and by doing this she fell out and hit the ground with a great
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent YA read. I'm not really a sports fan but I do believe that I will look for other books written by Ritter. He writes so well capturing the angst of being a boy growing up and facing both his own problems and those handed to him by life over which he has no control. This is a wonderful story. I haven't watched baseball games for many years but I felt as if I were beside this angry young boy who was dealing with his feelings about his father and his sport. The two were twisted ...more
Sean Yao
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book was good for a lesson of baseball and what to do is you have some anger.
Tyler's temper is out of control. If he isn't careful, he'll blow his chances of making the All-Star team and being noticed by a scout. But Tyler's coach, a Vietnam War veteran, has seen anger destroy enough people. He knows that if Tyler is ever going to fulfill his dreams, he'll have to learn to fight his battles with his glove, his bat, and his love for the game. Not with his fists. But it all comes down to Tyle
Peggy Huey
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was skeptical when I saw this book, with its cover of a boy swinging a bat, but after reading it, I am glad I did. I picked up the book because a student is reading it for his summer assignment, and I wanted to understand the story to better assist him in writing his analysis. I finished the book because it presents a powerful story of a young boy coming to terms with the horrors of the Vietnam War that have affected his family. This is a book that should be on summer reading lists everywhere.
Hunter H.
May 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
This Book was good. I liked this book so much. Over The Wall is a great book. Its about how this is trying to bring back baseball in his town. Which it works out great and baseball is back.

Once the kids team strted on there first game and when it was coming to the end and they needed a hit score and he struck out and made his team lose there first game.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. Because it was a really good book.

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This is an all-star book. Tyler is a very talented baseball player who could expect great accolades for his abilities. His explosive temper is completely short circuiting any chance of success he has on the field and to some degree, with his friends and family. A summer in New York with a coach who sees a lot of his younger self gives Tyler a chance to think about the choices he wants to make.
May 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
As with all of Ritter's books, there is a story within the story and then some. I love the mix of baseball, Vietnam, and finding out who we are as themes. The story that isn't told is often (to me) the most important story in Ritter's books. This is a quick read, and not only will teens like, I think it will appeal to many adults as well. Check it out! ...more
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's pretty good right now. The story engages the reader. It combine's the character's fight to deal with anger at baseball, and the war, both sides. Surprising ending. He's trying to get into the 'all stars' and you'd think it would be something expected, like he deals with his anger, then gets in. ...more
Fred Seto
I think the book was a well written book. The book made me as a reader feel loke I was actually in the book. I realted to the story because I really like baseball. Baseball is my favorite sport and I love to play it so the book kept me interested the whole time.
Jun 05, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 8th, baseball, boys, temper, vietnam
Thirteen-year-old Tyler, who has trouble controlling his anger, spends an important summer with his cousins in New York City, playing baseball and sorting out how he feels about violence, war, and in particular the Vietnamese conflict that took his grandfather's life. ...more
Agatha Lund
Sep 16, 2007 rated it liked it
Solid but not spectacular young adult fiction about baseball, the Vietnam War, and growing up. More for middle schoolers than high schoolers.
Sep 09, 2010 added it
could not get into it! i was glued to it at first but i lost interest.
Dj Sanders
Sep 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Great book, just a little disappointed in ending. Could've been better. ...more
Liz B
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This has enough sports-related action to keep kids reading, but my favorite part was the surprising connection to the Vietnam War.
DanielF CLC
This book was fantastic, because I can relate to the main character through his baseball experiences, and his experiences in his daily life
Jordyn Kowalke
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
It was a good overall book I liked almost anything about
Nick Lang
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book about a teenage boy trying to find himself while trying to control his anger and learn about his confusing past f
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. It is good because the main character overcomes his greatest
Samuel Pattermann
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great story about baseball and it talks about the Vietnam war and much people died along with the Vietnamese who fought on our side. This story is overall a great book hope you enjoy it.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Novelist John H. Ritter (born October 31, 1951, in San Pedro, California) grew up in the summer-dry hills east of San Diego. "I grew up in a baseball family," says John. "But we were also a family of musicians and mathematicians, house painters and poets. My dad was a sports writer in Ashtabula, Ohio, who moved the family out west, just before I was born, to become Sports Editor for The San Diego ...more

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