The Dodgers make their way to the regional championship, up against the toughest team in California.
Because Gloria chews out her team members whenever they mess up, she sets the tone for infighting which in turn causes the coach to quit and leaves the future of the team in question.
Harlan Sloan, a rookie on the Little League baseball team, gets his first big base hit.
Members of the Angel Park community wonder where Coach Wilkens's loyalties lie when he helps players on rival teams before the championship baseball game.
Nate Matheson, goalie for the Angel Park soccer team, tries to find a way to motivate the team's defensive players.
This book is the story of a runaway boy named David and Paul, the bellboy who finds him hiding in a hotel.
Assigned to play center in the starting lineup of his basketball team because he is tall, fifth grader Harlan feels pressure to perform well and tries to develop some self-confidence.
Just as Thurlow feels that he may be able to lead the Scrappers single-handedly to the season championship, an injury sidelines him and threatens to take away their victory.
The players on his summer league baseball team, the Scrappers, have some talent, but Wilson is discouraged because they have an attitude problem and trouble working together as a team.
A person with a million ideas, most of which don't work out, Jelly's latest is to have a circus-- only his friends have problems learning their roles.
Jacob Scott, of Angel Park baseball fame, finds out first-hand that soccer is just as exciting as baseball, and maybe more demanding.
When Jeff Reinhold breaks his arm, a small Asian boy named Lian Jie becomes the new second baseman.
When his father is nearly killed in the aftermath of an earthquake, the incident helps Lucky accept the possibility that his father may remarry.
Lucky, a twelve-year-old Mormon who travels frequently with his father, joins forces with a girl detective in Missouri to investigate a strange boy who may be a thief.
Eleven-year-old Lucky is worried that the nomadic life he and his father share will come to an end in Provo, Utah, when his father begins seeing a woman with a hostile twelve-year-old son.
Three third-grade rookies who make the Little League baseball team aren't immediately accepted by the older players.
Dirty. Lazy. Good-for-nothing. Jay Thacker is used to being called names because his dad is half Navajo. But things are different after he and his mother move to a small town in Utah to stay with his grandparents during WWII. Jay makes friends and earns money working the fields for his well-respected grandfather--but he encounters a problem in Ken, a fellow worker who's from the nearby Japanese internment camp. Ken's a Jap. And Jay's dad, who's been fighting for the navy out in the Pacific, is missing in action. This moving story about an unlikely friendship deftly addresses themes of prejudice and intolerance, providing readers a glimpse of the past that enlightens the present.
While his father is missing in action in the Pacific during World War II, Jay moves with his mother to small-town Utah, where he sees prejudice from both sides, as a part-Navajo himself and through an unlikely friendship with Japanese American Ken.
Adam Pfitzer: First Base/Pitcher. Adam plays first base more often than he pitches, so he's gotten through half the season without pitching to his cousin Stan, who plays for the rival Pit Bulls. Now Adam is going to face Stan in a key game the Scrappers have to win to have a chance at the second-half championship. Stan's been in a slump lately, and part of Adam would like to go easy on him. But what will Adam's teammates think if he doesn't throw his best stuff to his cousin?
Tracy Matlock: Second Base The Scrappers can't make any mistakes if they're to have a chance at playing their rivals, the Mustangs, for the second-half championship. The trouble is, ever since Tracy got struck in the face by a ball, she backs off if one is hit hard to her. Has Tracy become the weak link in the Scrappers' armor? Maybe it's time for Tracy to give up baseball and move on with her life. Gloria's "winning is everything" attitude is starting to get to her, and quitting the game would certainly make Tracy's mother happy. But first, there's a game to win -- and being a part of that may just matter more to Tracy than she realizes.
A black boy from Los Angeles has some trouble fitting in with the twelve-and-under basketball team in his new, mostly white neighborhood in Angel Park.
Ollie Allman: Pitcher It's not only Ollie's pitches that are sometimes outside, Ollie himself feels like an outsider: His family's moved around so much Ollie's never lived anyplace long enough to make real friends. It doesn't help that he's a little weird -- he's the Scrappers' best pitcher, but he relies on tricks and gimmicks like talking to himself on the mound. The trouble is, the opposing teams' batters can hear what he's saying, and they know exactly what he's going to throw. It's enough to make Ollie want to quit the team -- even if the Scrappers can't win without him.
Nutty put the sack with the school Christmas collection into his locker, and someone took eighty dollars and left the rest of the money. Why take only part? And who could it be? Who even knows Nutty's locker combination? These questions face Nutty, president of the student council, and his three friends--Orlando, Bilbo and Ritchie. And they had to have answers soon. Because Nutty has to produce the money at the student council meeting. Nutty's sure who the thief is. The problem is to prove it. Only Nutty and his friends, along with their genius friend and former classmate, William Bilks, come up with many devious and funny ways to trap a thief, funny to the boys but methods that get them in serious trouble with the school principal. There are clues, but no thieves. Soon all five, but especially Nutty and William, are in deep trouble before William, with his usual aplomb, solves the problem. As always, not in a way anyone else expects. Fans of, The Hobbit., will be less confused than Nutty who realizes he really doesn't want to fail as student council president. Look for 7 other books in this series in the Bookshare Collection. Book one is, Nutty For President, and book 3 is, Nutty and the Case of the Ski-Slope Spy.
[from the dust jacket] "Nutty Nutsell, Student Council president, feels proud of himself. He has made it possible for a bunch of kids to go skiing during the Christmas holidays. And for once everything he planned seems to be working. He and Orlando and Bilbo and Richie and even William are all going--and are rooming together. It is when they reach their room that the problem begins. Hidden in a drain in the bathroom are some plans that look important and a note asking the finders not to turn the plans over to anyone, but to wait for him to reclaim them. He will use the code name Russian Roulette when he approaches them. Is the owner's life really in danger as the note says? Are the plans really that important? And if so, where can they be hidden? Who will come looking for them? What should the boys do? The answers to the first two questions come quickly. The plans are hidden in a safe place, thanks to William's genius. And it is soon apparent that a lot of people are looking for them. But where is Russian Roulette? And who is he? Before those questions are answered, the boys have encountered wild chases on the snow-covered hills, when not all of them are good skiers; a desperate escape from a locked hotel room; and threats of all kinds, enough to keep them alert and to wonder if their lives are as much in jeopardy as the life of Russian Roulette. This is a companion book to Nutty for President and Nutty and the Case of the Mastermind Thief." which can be found in the Bookshare collection.
From the dust jacket: "Nutty Nutsell is back, this time with his local recreational basketball team--the Lab School Labradors--and the Labradors are in trouble. The team has only won one game in two years, and that game only because the other team forfeited. Worse than that, this year their coach is Nutty's father, who makes long-winded speeches about team spirit and pride, but knows nothing about basketball. The answer? William Bilks, boy genius, of course. Although William doesn't know a whole lot about basketball either, he is willing to research basketball strategy and help develop some plays. But beyond that he tries something different--working with Nutty on a deep concentration technique, much like imaging, in which Nutty imagines himself making a perfect shot and then, in reality, does it. It is not long before the team is at the top and Nutty is a fifth-grade basketball phenomenon. Everything he does is perfect. No one has ever seen anyone play the sport like him before. He is certain to get a college scholarship, to play in the NBA. His future is unlimited, that is until Nutty, who feels nothing while in his "trance," has second thoughts about whether all the success and fame are worth the price of being nothing but a machine." This is the fourth book in the Nutty Nutsell series,. You'll find NUTTY FOR PRESIDENT, NUTTY AND THE CASE OF THE MASTERMIND THIEF, and NUTTY AND THE CASE OF THE SKI-SLOPE SPY in the Bookshare Collection.
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