SAVING ARM PIT
New York : Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2011
IL 3-6, RL 5.7
Pit isn’t a body part…it’s the name of a town. On April Fool’s Day, some
jokers had painted out a few letters on Harmony Point’s town sign. And
they seem to be living up to the name…their hapless baseball team, the
Terriers, have never won a game! Just once, they’d like to show up those
Barton Bulldogs! Things begin to look up when the new postmaster, Mr. Blackmore,
becomes their new coach…finally, someone who knows something about baseball!
Just when the team begins to learn better skills and gain some confidence, a new crisis looms: they overhear a town official saying that their sleepy little town post office may be closed, “unless the numbers work out”.
The Terriers spring into action to save their coach’s job, and their team’s chances of winning a game. They begin flooding the mail with inquiries and requests for all sorts of goods and services… free trials, magazines, camp brochures, fudge recipes, and even improved road conditions for Highway 51!
Their letter campaign turns out to be a smashing success…but yields some entirely unexpected results!
A delightful, warm-hearted sports story filled with lots of kid power! (Booktalk written by Luci Albertson- GSF Committee/Bedford Public Library)
Baseball -- Fiction.
Community life -- Fiction.