Plunked (Paperback)

By Michael Northrop

Scholastic Paperbacks, 9780545297158, 256pp.

Publication Date: February 25, 2014

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Jack Mogens thinks he's got it all figured out: He has his batting routine down, and now that he's in sixth grade, he has a lock on a starting spot in Little League. (Well, almost. Okay, not really. It's a two-man race, though, so he has a shot.) And if he can manage to have a not-totally-embarrassing conversation with Katie, his team's killer shortstop, he'll be golden. But when a powerful stray pitch turns his world upside down, Jack discovers it's going to take more than a love of baseball to get back his game.

About the Author

Michael Northrop is the New York Times bestselling author of TombQuest, an epic book and game adventure series featuring the magic of ancient Egypt. He is also the author of Trapped, an Indie Next List selection, and Plunked, a New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing selection and an NPR Backseat Book Club pick. An editor at Sports Illustrated Kids for many years, he now writes full-time from his home in New York City. Learn more at

Praise For Plunked

Praise for PLUNKED
"An uncommonly thoughtful baseball novel." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Well-developed characters and a strong narrative voice make this novel about much more than baseball. . . . Pitch-perfect." --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"Readers will appreciate this down-to-earth sports story that stays within its game, offering . . . a realistic story rooted in the writer's knowledge of the game and what it means to its young players." --KIRKUS REVIEWS

"What Northrop does particularly well here is to dig into the deep, complex psychology of an at-bat, where there's so much more going on than a simple meeting or missing of a ball and bat." --BOOKLIST