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Able to Play: Overcoming Physical Challenges 1 Edition
Contributor(s): Stout, Glenn
ISBN: 0547417330     ISBN-13: 9780547417332
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: April 2012
Annotation: Presents the inspirational stories of four major league players who overcame physical challenges to become professional athletes, including Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown, Ron Santo, Jim Abbott and Curtis Pride. By the author of Red Sox Century. Original. 10,000 first printing.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Baseball players with disabilities; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Sports & Recreation | Baseball & Softball
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Sports & Recreation
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Health & Daily Living | Physical Impairments
Dewey: 796.3570922
LCCN: 2011020502
Lexile Measure: 1050
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Good Sports
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 7.75" H x 5.50" W x 0.25" (0.22 lbs) 88 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 150479
Reading Level: 6.7   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 3.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 February #1)

In the fourth title in Stout's middle-grade Good Sports series, he profiles four major league baseball players—pitchers Mordecai Brown and Jim Abbott, third-baseman Ron Santo, and outfielder Curtis Pride—all of whom thrived on-field despite physical disabilities. In clean, fast-moving prose, Stout outlines the injuries, medical conditions, and birth defects that affected the men ("The stump of his amputated finger affected Mordecai's grip on the ball, and just as every throw he made from third base swerved and dipped, so did each of his pitches"), the challenges and setbacks they faced, and their triumphs. Equal parts inspirational and informative. Ages 9–12. (Apr.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 May)

Gr 3–6—Stout highlights baseball players who have overcome physical challenges to pursue their dreams of a major-league career. Readers meet Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown, who had a Hall of Fame pitching career despite having lost most of his right index finger in a farming accident as a child; Ron Santo, who played third base for the Cubs while (initially) keeping his Type 1 diabetes a secret; Jim Abbott, who was born with one arm yet became one of a select group to pitch a no-hitter; and Curtis Pride, who played 13 years in the majors despite being deaf. Stout describes how these men learned to compensate for their handicaps and, although they all realized they would have to work harder and prove themselves, never actually considered themselves less capable of playing baseball than anyone else. The writing is clear and accessible, incorporating biographical material with play-by-play action of key moments in each player's career. A baseball-card-type photo and a page of career stats are included for each profile. Stout includes sources and further reading, and even describes his research methods, making a plug for libraries and librarians and the aid they can provide to youngsters interested in pursuing further information. This is a book that can be read for research or fun and will have broad appeal among sports fans.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA

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