Three Strikes for Rotten Ralph by Jack Gantos

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Before he tries out for the new Fighting Squirrels baseball team, Rotten Ralph is sure he is going to be a superstar. Never mind that he doesn’t have any skills and doesn’t want to practice. While his owner, Sarah, is doing everything she can to make the team, she tries to help Ralph do his best, too. But with his imagination running wild, Ralph’s worst is what comes out.


About Jack Gantos

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Jack Gantos and Nicole Rubel published their first book, Rotten Ralph, in 1976. They launched the Rotten Ralph Readers in 2001 with Rotten Ralph Helps Out. In addition to the Rotten Ralph books, Jack Gantos is the author of Hole in My Life, a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert Honors, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist, and Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book. He lives with his family in Boston, Massachusetts. Nicole Rubel's many books include Twice as Nice: What It's Like to Be a Twin and  Grody's Not So Golden Rules. She lives in Aurora, Oregon.
Published February 15, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 48 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Rubel’s bright, sharp cartoons provide the hilarity, depicting Ralph’s goofy expressions as he reluctantly performs his duties, including substituting for the “mighty flying squirrel” mascot, all the while imagining himself a hero and a media darling.

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In this early reader, Ralph, the storied tomato-red cat with a jack-o-lantern grin, has home run aspirations.

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