Play Ball by Dean Hughes

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All Robbie wants to do is play baseball. When he and his best friend, Trent, miss the deadline for signing up for the summer league, they have to scramble to put a team together. Unfortunately, the group they assemble includes a loudmouthed girl who challenges Robbie for his beloved shortstop position -- but an even bigger problem is the lie on which the Scrappers are based, which could strike out the team before their first game.


nine kids fighting for a shot at the championship. Don't miss any of their stories or the exciting baseball action in this series, which is sure to hit a home run with baseball fans everywhere.


About Dean Hughes

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Dean Hughes was born in 1943 in Utah. He earned a degree in English from Weber State University and a Masters in Creative Writing and a PhD in literature at the University of Washington, in Seattle. He taught English at Central Missouri State University for eight years. Hughes left his teaching position to pursue a writing career full-time. Since then he has written over 80 books. He writes books for children, young adults and adults readers with subjects ranging from fiction to nonfiction to nonsense verse. He is the author of the Angel Park, Nutty, Lucky and Scrappers series. His most recent series is the Hearts of the Children. In 1994 he won an AML Award for Young Adult Literature for his title The Trophy.
Published March 1, 1999 by Aladdin. 128 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Children's Books.

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Hughes's (Family Pose; Team Picture) breezy writing style and a lineup of credible characters get his Scrappers series off to a winning start. If the Mighty Ducks abandoned the ice for the baseball di

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The author counts more than balls and strikes here, as he focuses on such ethical issues as Robbie's punishment for inventing a ""cousin"" to fill out the requisite number of players to form a team, and the philosophy of the Scrappers' wise coach, who emphasizes teamwork over star treatment and r...

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