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All Star Fever, A Peach Street Mudders Story (series #1) PDF Print E-mail













What You Need to Know:
• The Peach Tree Mudders series is by Matt Christopher, a prolific, sports-themed, children's book author.
• This series is written for a younger reader than Christopher's usual target audience.
• While not world class literature, this series will find a very willing audience in newly independent readers, especially
   reluctant, young boy readers.
Sweet Series Background:
This series is author Matt Christopher's first foray into literature for a younger audience.  It has all the hallmarks of his older books:  sports, real life situations, the setting seems to hark back to a simpler time (when children rode their bikes to practice and let strangers fix their bike chain) and ends with a good message, but written for the Reader, Jr. I think this book would be perfect for a sports crazed, reluctant reader.
Sweet Book Summary:
All-Star Fever is written about Bus Mercer, who is trying to make the county All-Star team.  Bus receives a belated birthday present from his parents in the form of a brand new mountain bike.  He is thrilled to receive the exact bike he wanted and not really concerned about the three rules his parents have given him with the bike.  However, the first day he breaks two of the three rules due to peer pressure and the guilt eats away at him and his ball playing, causing many baseball errors in a game that county scouts are watching him play.
I actually thought the play by play of the games a bit boring, and it was more than a little difficult to keep track of all the players.  But young boys who live and breathe sports will eat it all up.  I perked up a bit with the resolution, which happens in an unexpected way.  The resolution touches all the bases a parent wants to see, including honesty (Bus comes clean with his parents) and good sportsmanship is just as important as athletic talent.  This is the first in the series.
Author: Matt Christopher Illustrator: Anne Dewdney Published: 1997, pages
Themes: Books for Boys, Feelings, Sports, Behavior, Life-Challenges, Character/Values
If You Liked This Book, Try:
Jake Maddox
Backyard Sports
This recommendation was written by: Melissa Y.
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