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Mudville

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  367 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
Welcome to Moundville, where it?s been raining for longer than Roy McGuire has been alive. Most people say the town is cursed?right in the middle of their big baseball game against rival town Sinister Bend, black clouds crept across the sky and it started to rain. That was 22 years ago . . . and it?s still pouring.

Baseball camp is over, and Roy knows he?s in for a dreary,
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published February 24th 2009 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jenny
Jun 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading an early draft of Mudville, and am thrilled that it is about to be released. Scaletta is a talented new author, and Mudville is one of those rare first novels that feels like it is written by a seasoned pro, someone that knows the genre and his audience extremely well, and can both entertain and teach them without talking down to them. I would recommend this tale of baseball and brothers to fans of Chabon or Hiaasen or Spinelli, young sports aficionados, or anyone t ...more
Josiah
Aug 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
In a unique new twist on one of the more famous poems about our national pastime, Kurtis Scaletta makes us think outside of the box in more ways than one as he builds his interesting narrative.

Mudville centers around a heated baseball rivalry between two nearby towns, Mudville and Sinister Bend. It's a rivalry that has gone on from nearly as far back as the birth of baseball in the middle of the 1800s, with a new rivalry game being played every year between the kids who live in the two towns. I
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Lisa Nocita
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
It's been raining in Moundville everyday nonstop for the past twenty-two years ever since the annual Moundville/Sinister Bend Fourth of July baseball game was called for rain. Sinister Bend had never lost the game to Moundville in a hundred years. But that day, the game was stopped on account of rain, postponing Sinister Bend's victory, a game that has yet to be rescheduled until a mysterious break in the weather spurs a new generation of players to take the field. Moundville residents who have ...more
Sandra Stiles
Nov 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grades
Scaletta Roy McGuire is like a lot of twelve year old boys, he loves baseball. Unlike a lot of twelve year olds he has to go to a neighboring town if he wants to play. It has rained every day in Moundville for twenty-two years straight. Some people think the town has a curse on it. Roy believes it all boils down to statistics. Roy goes away to baseball camp and when he returns he finds a foster kid living in his house. It had always been just he and his father. His mother was always jet setting ...more
Joan
Mar 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
Like a baseball game, it had moments of intense interest and I was right there with the story, but then long moments when nothing much is going on and I lose interest. The back story of the Indian curse treats Indians as nothing more than a gimmick to solve a plot problem, and draws on the stereotype of the relationship between Indians and nature. He did make the effort to make his team multiculturally diverse, and with girls on it, too.
Erin
Aug 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Great characters, great baseball moments, a touch of whimsy, and a fabulous ending. HOLES meets THE NATURAL--only better!

Comes out in April 2009. Don't miss this one!
Cooper Tullis
I think the purpose for Kurtis Scaletta writing this book is for kids just wanting to have fun and not to get caught up on bad luck. I think another purpose is when you get a chance to do something in life you need to take it and to never give up in life. This story talks about what could go on in a kid’s life when families are going through difficult times like, when Roy`s dad business was closed down because it stopped raining. To never give up is an awesome thing to do and that’s exactly what ...more
Kathryn
Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Life is full of defining moments, and baseball is no exception. From Walt Dropo’s 15-hit run, to the immortal plays of Tinker to Evers to Chance to learning how to eat a hotdog (mustard and NO KETCHUP!), Mudville breathes new life into baseball legends and tells a great story along the way.

It’s all about the percentages. There’s a one in a billion chance that it will rain 8,030 consecutive days in a little town in the Dakotas, but with more than a billion towns that have existed on the earth, Mo
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Sean D
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Muddville by Kutris Scaletta, was a very complex book. I would give it 4 out of 5 stars. I liked the book, but there was something’s that I would change. I found the setting interesting, the characters interesting, but the plot was too much for me. I felt like there were way too many things going on and I didn’t know which one to worry about. Even though there were some disliked, I still enjoyed this book very much.
The main character is Roy . He is a 12 year old boy who loves Baseball. He doesn
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Amy Dreger
Feb 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: guy-lit, sports
I am normally not a fan of sports books but this one hooked me right from the beginning.

Moundville (or Mudville as its citizens so fondly call it) has been stuck in a perpetual cycle of rainy days for the past 22 years. Why the rain? Locals link it to a Native American curse placed on the town when a disgruntled native is forced to stop playing baseball and is sent to the Dakota reservation. From the time of his departure, the Moundville team never again wins a baseball game against their rival
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Angela
THIRD READ: Fall/Winter 2015
Read out loud to my girls. They loved it!

SECOND READ: 6/15/11
Loved it even more the second time around! It was fun to talk about at book club. We even made the chili dog pie and it was super good! But I don't think I'm brave enough to try any other of Mr. Maguire's concoctions.


FIRST READ: 2/19/09
Wow! I loved this book! The last 1/3 especially had me glued to the pages while I waited to find out how it ended. This is a great book for boys and girls alike, but oh ho
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Brandy
Jun 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
It's a rare book that makes me want to play baseball. This book really captures everything about the game--the author (hi Kurtis) clearly loves the game, and it infuses every bit of every character. The rivalries, the importance of the game to this sodden town, the cultural and personal heritages caught up with baseball... every page of this book is a mash note to the sport, and I mean that in a good way.

It's not all baseball, though--there's a family story here, brotherhood and parents and gene
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Raina
Aug 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: j, realistic, sports
Roy is a catcher. He idolizes Johnny Bench, the catcher who "changed the image of catchers from dumb guys who didn't know better to smart guys who handle pitchers and manage the defense" (162). He's a natural leader who plans to play ball in high school.
But he can't play in his own hometown.
See, it's been raining in Moundville for over 20 years.
Nobody knows why, although some have theories about a Native American curse, but it's been raining all that time. It first started raining in the midd
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H
Sep 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
I thought I'd read every baseball book that was out there for young readers until I found this little gem on my shelves. The story is set in Moundville, where it has rained continuously for 22 years - ever since the day when it looked like the Moundville team just might beat the Sinister Bend team for the first time ever in 100 years of play. Narrator Roy's father was the hero for Moundville in that long ago game, and has since built a business creating elaborate rain protection systems. Roy and ...more
Angie
I am not a sports person so a book about baseball has to be pretty good to hold my attention. Mudville turned out to be more than just a book about baseball. Sure baseball was featured throughout the book, but the main story was really about the relationships between the characters...and between the towns of Moundville and Sinister Bend. We really get a good look at the characters of Roy and Sturgis and Roy's dad in this book and how they interact with each other. They all have their faults and ...more
Melissa
Oct 07, 2011 rated it liked it
My problem with this book was that it was told in first person, and some of the descriptions did not seem like they came from a twelve-year-old. Some of the language was too poetic. Also, at one part the narrator tries to imagine a 1980s museum, which would've contained Wham! records, Cabbage Patch dolls, Reagan memorabilia, etc. Well, how would a 12-year-old in modern times even know what would be in a 1980s museum, unless he happened to acknowledge watching a TV special about the 1980s or some ...more
David Hayden
I didn't read it all, but I'm finished. I don't feel it's fair for me to rate it. The writing is highly competent, though the storytelling didn't work for me. I bought it on the recommendation that it was an excellent book even if you don't know anything about baseball or dislike the sport, as I do. Well, it seems to me that liking baseball, at least a little, is a requirement. Halfway through the book, the mystery and magical realism stopped being engaging as baseball-ness took over. I struggle ...more
Cole Hamilton
Mar 04, 2013 rated it liked it
The purpose for the author of writing the book was to say that just because something goes bad in your life you don’t dwell on it, you move on and you can’t let the bad luck ruin your life. Roy’s father had a business that could only work when it rained and it stopped raining and he could not run his business anymore but he did not give up he thought of a new business he could run.
The theme of the book is not to stay upset about the past because you can’t fix it now. You have to worry about what
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Trey Parker
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Mudville by Kurtis Scaletta The main character is Roy McGuire 12 years old. It has been raining longer then Roy has been alive and he does not expect it to end soon. My favorite part was right when he got home from baseball camp, he found a new family member and then just a few days later it stops raining after 22 years. This is my favorite part because it takes everyone by surprise.

I think the author wrote this because she wanted to show anything can happen at anytime even when you are not exp
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Eden
Mar 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed Mudville. The characters drew me in, the background story kept popping up with a little clue here and a little clue there, so that the pieces were not all together until the very end. I’d like a sequel.

*Summary/Booktalk: Mudville. For 20 long years the rain has fallen on Moundville, causing the neighboring townies to call it Mudville. The rain started with a baseball game and it was a the dream of baseball that …. Well, you’ll just have to read this if you don’t want to be a
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Emily
Roy is a baseball fan. A serious one. And like most serious baseball fans, he likes statistics. That's why he'll tell you that the fact that it's been raining in his hometown of Moundville every day for the past 22 years is merely a matter of statistics. Baseball used to be important in Moundville, and every year there was a game against nearby rival town Sinister Bend. Because of the rain, though, most kids in Moundville don’t play baseball anymore. I was expecting this book to tie in with the ...more
Lindsey
Dec 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Pretty predictable and the main character was annoying most of the time.
Janna
Jun 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Mudville centers on 12-year-old Roy McGuire, whose dreams of being a major leaguer are literally dampened by the fact that it has been raining in his hometown for 22 years. The rain began during a contest with neighboring Sinister Bend, and it ends right after Roy returns from baseball camp to find a new foster brother, Sturgis, living at his house. Their relationship is rocky, but no one can deny Sturgis’ throwing power, and soon both boys are ramping up for an epic rematch between the two town ...more
Shannon
Oct 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beehive
Back in the day, Sinister Bend was just a trading post run by Native Americans, pioneers settled nearby creating Moundville. Settlers taught the locals how to play baseball and when the natives starting beating the them, a rivalry was born. Moundville always lost but 22 years ago it came to a halt when in the middle of the game it started to rain. Its been raining ever since. Chapter One of the book starts - To understand baseball, you have to understand percentages. For anyone not into baseball ...more
Megan
Mar 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
I finally sat down and finished Mudville the other day. I had read most of the book a few weeks earlier, but I had been putting off finishing it. I'm glad I went back to it.

I'm not a boy, or a huge baseball fan, but I still enjoyed the book. The characters were honest, even with their flaws, and I never felt like I was being presented with a stereotypical pre-teen. The Native American themes seem to have bothered some other readers, but for the most part it worked for me. Growing up in Wisconsin
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R.J.
Oct 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
I loved this book.

This is amazing because the plot revolves around baseball, and what I know about the game you could write down on one side of a single sheet of paper using large print and have plenty of room left over -- and frankly, I don't care about baseball as a rule either. So if I'd seen this book in the store, I would have skimmed right past it without giving it a second thought, dismissing it as One of Those Books for Boys Who Love Sports.

I would have been wrong. And I would have misse
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Kendall
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars. Mark Twain Nominee 2011-2012.

A cute book--a baseball story with a little bit of myth and references to Casey at the Bat. Although the story has a slight fantastic element (it hasn't stopped raining in 22 years), parts of it are very real--including the struggles of the protagonist's foster brother and his brief dealings with his binge-alcoholic absenteem mother. Kids may not see the foreshadowing that leads to the "surprise" reveal at the end.

The plot itself can hold interest even f
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Rob Warner
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I mentor a young man going into 7th grade, and his class was assigned this book as summer reading. I read it so I could discuss with him. It's decidedly for young readers, though it tackles some very mature (in the sense of grownup, not pornographic) topics. The treatment of these topics is aimed at younger minds, though, so feels somewhat incomplete. Nonetheless, it's a good introduction for young people to a world where things go wrong all the time, and sometimes good happens and sometimes bad ...more
Leslie
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a lovely MG novel! It made me care about the outcome of a youth baseball game, and that's quite a feat, as I'm not that much of a baseball fan. I even learned the difference between a curveball and a screwball! Love it when I learn something new from a novel! Nicely drawn characters, both the young people (middle school age) and the adults, and a deft touch with a bit of magical realism (at least I'll call it that, in terms of the weather phenomena) made this one an unexpected page turner f ...more
Nancy
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Really different! Imagine being a kid, loving baseball, and living in a town where it has rained continuously for 22 years. There is only mud everywhere and people are covered in rain gear so there aren't outdoor festivities. It's just Roy and his dad. His mom, a flight attendant, is never around. He receives a postcard from the baseball stadium wherever his mom may be and a phone call occasionally. Roy is not so pleasantly surprised when he returns home from baseball camp to discover his dad ha ...more
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Kurtis Scaletta is the author of several books for young readers including Mudville, which was short listed for the Mark Twain Readers Award, and The Tanglewood Terror, which was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. He lives in Minneapolis with wife and son and some cats.
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