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The Hit-Away Kid (Peach Street Mudders)

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Barry McGee, hit-away batter for the Peach Street Mudders, enjoys winning so much that he has a tendency to bend the rules; then the dirty tactics of the pitcher on a rival team give him a new perspective on sports ethics.
Paperback, 60 pages
Published April 2nd 1990 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 1988)
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Alex Roberts
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book wasn't that bad, so I'd overall rate it a four star.
Dawn
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Barry plays left field for the Peach Street Mudders, and is extremely competitive. He pretends to have caught a dropped ball and ignores his coach's advice to hold at third base. A rival team member, Alec, oversees Barry’s dishonest behavior and wagers that Barry will strike out twice rather than score two homeruns at their next game (betting Barry’s little brother’s toy). When Barry misses second base while running the bases, he must decide whether to tell the truth and sacrifice his run. Thoug ...more
Melissa Mcavoy
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Hit Away Kid starts right in with baseball action. By the end of the first chapter the reader is as invested in the game as left-fielder, Barry McGee. When Barry lets the ball roll from his glove a moment after an amazing catch, our heart sinks, and continues to clutch as Barry makes the decision to cheat. The book gives a thoughtful and balanced look at dishonesty. While the younger sister's character seems dated, she has seen the dropped catch, the overall story and its message about cheat ...more
Michelle Ault
Sep 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Barry has the reputation of being the hit-away kid that never strikes out. He is a sore loser and often cheats during his baseball games. When Alec steals a toy dog from Barry’s sister and only promises it back if Barry can hit 2 homeruns, Barry is determined to get the dog back for his sister. In the end Barry doesn’t earn the dog back from Alec, because he only hit one homerun. However, Alec was surprised that he was honest to his coach about missing second base, and respected him more as a r ...more
Jodi
Aug 27, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young boys who love baseball
Recommended to Jodi by: Summer Reading Program Book Cart
Another baseball book from Matt Christopher for my little slugger. Robbie got this one from the summer reading program so I HAD to read it to him. Unlike the other books by this author, this one seems to be written for a little younger crowd which is perfect for my son. Even though the book is meant for younger kids, it had a lot of baseball terminology that goes right over my head - my son's too probably but he doesn't seem to mind!
Samantha Stenberg
This book is about a kid on a baseball team who fakes that he caught a fly ball and lies about it so that his team wins the game. It teaches about his struggle to do the right thing. The kids in my field experience class are using this as the at-grade-level reading group book.
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AR Quiz No. 5223 EN Fiction
Accelerated Reader Quiz Information IL: LG - BL: 3.8 - AR Pts: 1.0
Accelerated Reader Quiz Type Information AR Quiz Types: RP, VP
Ms. Campbell
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This book was a vary good book becose it had verygood discribing words suc asexclamed
Meleke Battle
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the book was borinig lost interest in the first chapter.
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