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Curveball (Winning Season #9)

by Rich Wallace

Seventh-grade baseball player Eddie Ventura listens to the sports announcer's voice in his head and gets into trouble when he writes a series of articles for the school paper.

Dishes

by Rich Wallace

Ogunquit, Maine. That's not where you'd expect to find a guy like Danny. He's not a tourist. He's not a local. And he's definitely not gay. As far as he can tell, only he and the bartender at "Dishes", where he works as a dishwasher, are straight. But that's not what bothers Danny. What bothers him is that he's got straight-guy problems in a very gay town. While he's hitting on a cute waitress, the cute waiters are hitting on him. And could the cute waitress have a thing for his thirty-six-year-old dad? It's one crazy summer in a crazy Maine town.

Double Fake (Winning Season #4)

by Rich Wallace

Get ready for some amazing soccer action in Winning Season 4! It's summer in Hudson City. And for Calvin Tait and Zero Rollison, it's time to give soccer a shot.

Dunk under Pressure (Winning Season #7)

by Rich Wallace

Free throw specialist Cornell "Dunk" Duncan joins the YMCA summer basketball league all-star team, but after losing his confidence in an important game, the seventh-grader makes some decisions about becoming an all-around player.

Emergency Quarterback (Winning Season #5)

by Rich Wallace

When the Hornets lose their quarterback for the season and the replacement lacks the talent to take charge, the coach picks a solid receiver as an emergency quarterback.

Fast Company (Winning Season #3)

by Rich Wallace

When sixth-grader Manny Ramos, one of the fastest runners on the youth football team, joins the new track club, he hopes that his light weight will be a benefit in racing against more experienced guys.

Kickers #1: The Ball Hogs

by Rich Wallace

Introducing a soccer series for new readers Kickers #1 Nine-year-old Ben is brand-new to soccer, but he's a good athlete and knows he'll do well on the Bobcats, his team in the local Kickers soccer league. If he can only work around his obnoxious teammate Mark, the ball hog, Ben is sure he'll score his first goal. But Coach Patty, and Ben's own teammates, show him a little something about teamwork. And suddenly it dawns on him:he'sa ball hog, too. Can he change his ways before the Bobcats lose their...

Kickers #4: Game-Day Jitters

by Rich Wallace Jimmy Holder

Filled with on-the-field soccer scenes, black-and-white artwork, and sports statistics throughout, this short novel--ideal for newly independent readers, athletes, and all sports fans--follows nine-year-old Ben and his fourth-grade team, the Bobcats, as they race to the Kickers League playoffs. Ben knows he's one of the team's strongest players, but he's been struggling with the jitters. He's just freezing up on the field. Can he pull through for his teammates now that they really need him?From the Hardcover edition.

Kickers Book 2: Fake Out

by Rich Wallace

Introducing a soccer series for new readers Kickers #2The Kickers soccer league is heating up, and Ben's team, the Bobcats, has two losses, one win, and one tie. Ben knows he can pull his team out of its slump and right into the league play-offs with his new move: the fake-out. He practices the tricky footwork every chance he gets. But every time he tries it on the field, he flubs up, loses the ball, and hurts his team. Meanwhile, everyone else is faking him out. Is Ben out of his league?In his Kickers series, award-winning author Rich Wallace offers action-filled novels about the Bobcats, a fourth-grade coed soccer team, and their bid for the league play-offs. From the Hardcover edition.

Losing Is Not an Option

by Rich Wallace

Ron is watcher, it seems. He watches his pick-up basketball team-five guys trying to fit together on the court. He watches Dawn on the dance floor, and that tiny star tattoo on her shoulder. He watches Darby run, her short legs all sweat and muscle. He watches his friends veer off-and up-into popularity. He watches his dad move in with his grandmother and make do. But he's more than a watcher: He's a hustler on the court, a free-thrower, a poet, a poker player, a rule breaker, a loving grandson, a runner, and a ruthless competitor in those eight laps around the track-the 3200 meter. In nine interwoven stories, award-winning author Rich Wallace brings a small-town high school to life through the sharp, spare voice-and the heart-pounding defeats and triumphs-of an athlete.From the Hardcover edition.

One Good Punch

by Rich Wallace

ASK ANYBODY AROUND East Scranton High School: Michael Kerrigan is almost too good to be true. Dedicated athlete, captain of the track team, editorial assistant (obituary writer) at theScranton Observer,he's never been in trouble, and he doesn't associate with troublemakers. This is the most important track season of his life - and he's ready. That is, until the police find four joints in his locker. Soon Mike's seemingly perfect world is threatened, and with pressure coming from his parents, his childhood best friend, and his sort-of girlfriend, Mike is faced with a choice - a choice that will determine the kind of athlete, friend, and man he becomes.

Perpetual Check

by Rich Wallace

Randy is a chubby ninth grader with a Cub Scout hair cut who guesses M&M colors with his eyes closed and makes up words. He's also a chess whiz who has defeated his older brother Zeke in nine of their last ten matches. Zeke is a high school senior, a soccer champ, and a chess natural who can beat just about anyone if he decides to really concentrate. So why is his loser little brother the better athlete, the better chess player, and the first to have a girlfriend? The competition heightens when both Randy and Zeke qualify for the Northeast Regional of the Pennsylvania High School Chess Championships (Randy is seeded, Zeke is not)--and play their way right into a brother-tobrother final round. Told in alternating points of view between brothers, Rich Wallace's new novel brings to life one of America's favorite pastimes in a suspenseful story about competition and family loyalty. Rich Wallace is the author of several books for young adults, includingOne Good Punch,an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; andWrestling Sturbridge,an ALA Quick Pick. He lives in Pennsylvania. From the Hardcover edition.

Playing Without the Ball: A Novel in Four Quarters

by Rich Wallace

Some might think Jay was cheated. By his mother, who walked out when he was 9. By his dad, who took a job a couple thousand miles away and let him stay above a bar in a one-room apartment. By the basketball coach, who saw his talent but chose youth over determination. And even Jay's not sure whether this last year of high school in the small town of Sturbridge, Pennsylvania, will add up to anything. But just when senior year seems a waste-kissing the wrong girls, offending the right ones, playing basketball on a church league with other "rejects"-life begins to click again. The church league gives him some of the best basketball he's ever played, and the right girl gives him a second chance. Jay may not know what he wants next out of life, but he's beginning to get a clue about how to play the game.

The Roar of the Crowd (Winning Season #1)

by Rich Wallace

After years of playing nothing but soccer in Hudson City, New Jersey, Manny has to work very hard to play on the middle school football team, using determination, speed, and smarts to make up for being small and inexperienced.

Shots on Goal

by Rich Wallace

It's soccer season, and sophomore Bones Austin and his team are struggling to make it to the district play-offs--against all odds. To make matters worse, Bones has a crush on the girlfriend of his best friend, Joey. Bones and Joey are forced to learn a little something about teamwork, even when hard times seem to be tearing them apart. Rich Wallace returns to Sturbridge, Pennsylvania, in his stunning follow-up to Wreslting Strubirdge, in Knopf Paperback for the first time. From the Hardcover edition.

Southpaw (Winning Season #6)

by Rich Wallace

Jimmy Fleming throws left, bats right and left, and is hoping to become Hudson City's newest pitcher. But while he makes the team, things don't go the way he'd hoped. His teammates aren't too welcoming, and his time on the mound is less than stellar.

Sports Camp

by Rich Wallace

Riley feels like the smallest kid at sports camp. In fact, he is. He just turned eleven in April, but most kids here are twelve, and a few are even thirteen--and gigantic. It's hard enough for a shrimp like Riley to fit in. He just doesn't want to be the weak link as his bunk competes for the Camp Olympia Trophy. Riley knows he's no good at strength and accuracy games like basketball and softball. But when it comes to speed and endurance events, like running and swimming, he's better than he looks....

Takedown (Winning Season #8)

by Rich Wallace

Seventh-grader Donald, living with his parents in New Jersey, is determined to master wrestling but discovers that to win at the sport, he must learn to control his temper.

War and Watermelon

by Rich Wallace

August 1969. Men walked on the moon for the first time last month, but things aren't any less crazy on Earth. My father and my brother are at each others' throats over the war in Vietnam and my brother's future. He turns eighteen next month. Draft age. I'm going on thirteen. Trying out for football and trying to figure out girls. My friend Tony thinks he already has them figured out. He drags me into it any time he might have a chance with one. It always seems to backfire. So I lie awake most nights listening to the Top 40 on the radio. My brother tells me about the big changes coming and how they're being shaped by the protest songs of people like Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. He wants to see them at a concert up at a farm in New York; maybe I'll go along. And then there's the Mets. The worst team in the history of baseball is on the verge of moving into first place. That should tell me something. The times really are changing.

Wicked Cruel

by Rich Wallace

Everyone's heard an urban legend before. They're stories that get passed from kid to kid, and nobody can quite remember where the story originated. Sometimes the story changes. Sometimes details are added, or dropped. But one thing's for sure: nobody can ever prove whether the story is true. These three stories--all set in the same New England town--address that very question: How much of an urban legend is rumor, and how much is fact? In one story, sixth grader Jordan's former classmate--a target of bullying before his family moved away--has died. Did he die from injuries he got while in school? And if he's really dead, why does Jordan keep seeing him? In another, Danny, an out-of-place loner, is fixated on the local legend of horses who died in a flood. Creepy and perfect for Halloween, these stories are sure to delight anyone looking for a good spine-tingler.

Wrestling Sturbridge

by Rich Wallace

Welcome to Sturbridge, Pennsylvania, a small, dead-end town with nothing to do and no way out. At least that's how Ben, a high school senior and the second-best 135-pound wrestler in school, sees it. But Ben's fed up with being stuck on the bench, watching as his friend Al, the state champion, gets all the glory. If Ben doesn't get his life in gear, he could end up like his father and the other men in Sturbridge--working on the line in the cinder block factory. Spurred on partly by a wise, intense young woman, and partly by a strength found deep within himself, Ben looks for a way out--his whole life depends on it. In the words of Newbery medalist Jerry Spinelli, "Wrestling Sturbridge isn't just an outstanding first novel; it's an outstanding novel, period." From the Hardcover edition.

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