The Super Sluggers
The Super Sluggers
HarperCollins, Hardcover, 9780061152184, 192pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 2009
They call me Walloper because I'm no ordinary hitter.
Or at least that used to be the case. Now I couldn't hit a beach ball and my batting average is going down faster than the Titanic. With the pennant on the line, I've got a slump cloud over my head so big it's being covered by the Weather Channel. The forecast is grim, but I hope there's one big swing left in my bat so the Rambletown Rounders can win the pennant and I can end this historic drought.
Kevin Markey's debut novel is a hilarious tall tale of baseball action and high jinks that will have fans reveling in every trip around the pages.
Kevin Markey always feels a thrill when baseball spring training opens in Florida in February. Where he lives, snow usually covers the ground at that time of year. The opening of the major league camps is like the annual return of robinsit means spring is just around the corner. M/p>
Kevin is the author of Slumpbuster, Wall Ball, and Wing Dingthe hilarious first, second, and third books in his Super Sluggers series of baseball adventuresand several books of nonfiction. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children, and a lovable yellow-haired dog named Happy. He bats left, throws left, and types with both hands.
“Hits it out of the park. Full of funny characters and fast-paced action (on and off the field), this series may be just the ticket for kids who live and breathe America’s pastime.”
-Family Fun Magazine
“A lively…read [for] fans of Matt Christopher’s sports stories, or readers who simply appreciate play-by-play action.”
-School Library Journal
“I give this book 4 out of 5 smiles.”—Michael Roberts, Reporter, Age 9
“The comically deadpan reactions of Slump observers, the tautly drawn action scenes, and the snappy pacing of the short chapters are nicely pitched to readers just hitting their stride with full-length novels.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Markey’s deadpan delivery renders his tall-tale names and broad, punning prose quite comical, and the Walloper’s triumphant out-of-the-park home run is the stuff of minor legend.”