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Wild Pitch
Wild Pitch
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Sports Illustrated Kids Graphic Novel

Wild Pitch

by Eric Fein
Illustrated by Gerardo Sandoval

In last year's state championship game, Ryan Rogan beaned Kyle Walker with a red-hot fastball. The pitch injured Kyle, forcing him to leave the game. His team lost, and Ryan got to celebrate the win while Kyle headed to the hospital. It took several months for Kyle's injury to heal, and he couldn't shake the suspicion that Ryan had intentionally threw at him. But Kyle has put all that out of his mind, because he's excited for a fresh start this year -- until he discovers that Ryan will be joining his team . . .

 
ISBN978-1-4342-3073-7
PublisherStone Arch Books
BrandSports Illustrated Kids Graphic Novel
Age Level8-14 Years
Reading LevelGrades 2-3
GenreSports Fiction
SubjectGraphic Novels, Sports
Trim Size5 1/4 x 7 1/2
Page Count56
LanguageEnglish
Copyright2011
Paperback
Price
$7.19
 


 
 

Reviews

Book Legion - Matt MacNabb

"Ok, let me start out by announcing that I am NOT a sports fan. I'm not into sports...not a sports person whatsoever. You may have guessed this by the fact that I run a network of nerdy websites. I mean, I review books....what'd you seriously expect, right? Here is the thing with these releases from Capstone Kids [Stone Arch Books]....they rock, plain and simple. Why? Read on.... I gave this stack of books from Capstone and Sports Illustrated Kids to my own children and they went nuts! They too aren't into sports, but these aren't books for jocks. These are extreme sports and the focus is really on the characters and story. The sports hobbies are really just a backdrop. They're fun and interesting and not at all geared just towards jocky kids. We wanted to feature this series and bring them to your attention, whether you're a librarian, teacher or a parent, these titles should be in your possession!  They can be purchased in hardback library binding or softcover. http://booklegiondotcom.blogspot.com/2010/02/sports-illustrated-kids-book-series.html" - Book Legion

February 1, 2010

The Graphic Classroom Blog - Mr. Wilson

"Sports Illustrated Kids, in conjunction with Stone Arch Books, created a series of sports related fictional comic stories for elementary and middle school kids. The comics are designed to teach lessons on teamwork, sharing, anger control, bullying, fair play, disability inclusion, gender inclusion, and other lessons through a sports framework. Both mainstream and alternative sports are included: • Snowboarding • Baseball • Football • Basketball • Paintball • Hockey • Skateboarding • Soccer Many of the stories feature an overenthusiastic or even out-of-control parent or coach who pushes a kid to be overly aggressive and win at all costs. After a quick talk with a sage advisor they change their ways and even apologize to the player. Okay, so it’s an ending with a pretty-bow. I’m typically more of a fan of authentic stories rather than teachable moment morality tales or after-school specials, but I understand the place that morality tales play in the classroom especially with younger kids. Considering the discussion of bullying within schools and society recently, perhaps we need more direct instruction on how to treat other people and behave within society. I think these would be well played on the elementary or early middle school level, but I suspect seventh and eighth graders might wholly reject the titles with their eye rolling, sighing and general sardonic teenagerness. That doesn’t mean they don’t need the lessons or should not have the lessons, but you might encounter resistance. The elementary level is where this series will do its good. Classroom teachers and even physical education teachers could use this series to help instruct kids on the complicated issues of bullying, ball hogging, aggression, and extreme sports pressures. Even on the elementary level we see students pushed very hard by parents or coaches to accel, win and often hurt or punish the other team. Learning to deal with those pressures at an early level can help with character development on and off the field. ART REVIEW SI Kids comics are designed like a TV sports show with stats, bios, and after-game interviews. The whole package is designed to engage reluctant readers in a TV-style experience. Once hooked, it can teach them honorable sports conduct. In a further attempt to gain entrance into modern minds, SI Kids comics use colorized manga with simple panel layouts, which is popular among youth. AGE RECOMMENDATION Chris’ Rating: Ages 7 and older Publisher’s Reading Level: Grades 2-3 Publisher’s Interest Level: Grades 3-8 Lexile levels, ATOS, and Guided Reading levels are available on all the titles in the series. BE AWARE There are bullies and ultra-aggressive parents, but they always learn their lessons in the end. OTHER INFORMATION Publisher: Stone Arch Books Genre: Sports Format: Reinforced Library Binding Pages: 56 Color: Full color Google Previews are also available for some of the titles. CHRIS’ RECOMMENDATION: Recommended" - The Graphic Classroom Blog

October 9, 2010

Eric Fein

Eric Fein

Eric Fein is a freelance author of more than 40 fiction and nonfiction books and graphic novels. His books for Capstone include "Impossible Victory: The Battle of Stalingrad", "D-Day: The Battle for Normandy", and "Weapons, Gear, and Uniforms of World War I".

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