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Catcher with a Glass Arm

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A young baseball player struggles to overcome his fear of a pitched ball, improve his throwing, and somehow redeem himself in the eyes of his teammates.
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Published December 19th 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1964)
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Trevor Wetzel
The book “Catcher with a Glass Arm” by Matt Christopher is about a middle school baseball player named Jody. He plays catcher for his team but struggles with his throwing to bases. Because of this, opposing teams steal on him a lot and cause him to make many errors. During one of the games early in the season, a parent from the opposing team yells out, “Steal on him! That catcher has a glass arm!” This scene gives the story its title and is the main plot behind the story. Jody’s throwing eventua ...more
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was suspenseful, but it was very good. The story is about a catcher who doesn't throw the ball to his potiential, but later in the book he has to make a crucial throw to win a playoff game. I recommend this book.
Luke Boudakh
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book catcher with a glass arm written by Matt Christopher, is about a kid named Jody. Jody plays on a baseball team with Frank, Duane, Birdie, Bartho, and Monie. Ever since Jody got hit with a baseball while batting, he has had problems with batting. Jody would always step out of the batters box when it was time to hit the ball, because he was scared of getting hit again. Jody finally became tired of being seen as a terrible player so he practiced, practiced, and practiced some more. After s ...more
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was about a boy, who played base ball and is a carter who cant/ is scared to throw to second. I can related because i am a sub catcher and at first my pitcher wouldn't get down so i had to throw the ball above her head.
Blaise Morita
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, sports
For generations of kids who grew up with equal doses of sports and literature in their lives, Matt Christopher books were a rite of passage. Covering a multitude of sports, he was most prolific when writing about America's pastime, baseball. A Catcher with a Glass Arm stands above the crowd, framing a delicate pitch that dips between athletic shortcomings and social awkwardness that pervades childhood. Protagonist Jody just happens to have a terrible throwing arm, or "glass arm", that causes him ...more
Zack Kirchner
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pros: A fun easy to read book about a sport that I love. This book shows the struggle of a young catcher with a weak (glass arm) and how he overcomes that setback. This book has a great theme and does a great job of developing characters and the plot. It also gives very detailed descriptions of baseball games which i enjoyed.

Cons: Didn't really have too many complaints about this book one that I was kinda disappointed with was the lack of detail i put into the setting.Another part that I didn't
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If this is the sort of book teachers give kids who like sports but not reading, I doubt the kids will ever learn to like reading!

I love baseball, but reading page after page of play-by-play is mind-numbingly dull. The best sports books have sports as a backdrop, not as the kernel of the book. Two non-sports vignettes (family caught in storm with downed power lines and boy rescues pet from drowning) feel forced and part of a different book. The main character's transformation (scared kid who nee
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked it. He couldn't really even throw it to the pitcher. Then in the last game, the catcher hurt himself and he had to go in. In one inning all he got was all three out cause he was able to throw the people out. Then they went to an indian cave in part of the book and his cat named midnight went into the cave chasing a rat. Then the cat fell into the four foot puddle and he had to rescue him. Another thing that happened to midnight was a dog chased him up a lamppost and then they finally got ...more
Annette Steele
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
Matt Christopher was another author that was recommended for young reluctant male readers. I read this book and thought it could work for the 4th grade boys in my class who are into sports. Apparently Christopher has written an abundance of such books on scuba diving, basketball, baseball, dirt bike racing, etc. I will probably recommend these for the boys in my class who are struggling to find a book to read.
Apr 02, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Age appropriate sports read for 9 to 12 year olds. The main character, Jody Sinclair, is struggling as a catcher in throwing-down runners to second base. Jody is beginning to be scare of the ball as a hitter also. One of Jody's team-mates' Dad, Jim Myers helps Jody work on his baseball playing skills. Jody has a black pet cat named Midnight and Jody showed great love and care for the cat. I thought the author adding Midnight as a secondary storyline was admirable.
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Matt Christopher is the writer young readers turn to when they're looking for fast-paced, action-packed sports novels. He is the best-selling author of more than one hundred sports books for young readers.

Matt Christopher is America's bestselling sports writer for children, with more than 100 books and sales approaching six million copies. In 1992, Matt Christopher talked about being a children's
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