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Heart of a Champion (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Carl Deuker
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From Publishers Weekly

This compelling tale of baseball and friendship, PW said, "hits a home run" with its "action worthy of the sports page." Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 6-10-- On the day Seth Barham met Jimmy Winter, his life changed. Seth had been an unfocused, confused pre-teen who had never come to terms with his father's death when he was seven. He meets Jimmy in a park as Jimmy's overbearing father is putting his son through intense baseball drills. As their friendship develops, Jimmy's intensity and self-assurance on the playing field spills over into Seth's life, helping him to blossom as a student and a baseball player. However, Jimmy's home life begins to unravel when his parents divorce. Also, he is suspended from the team when he develops a drinking problem. Seth withstands peer pressure to drink, and, with his mother's support, begins to accept his father's death. However, his biggest battle comes when he must cope with Jimmy's death in an auto accident. Baseball action permeates the story, increasing the novel's interest to those readers familiar with the sport but setting up possible barriers for the uninitiated. Seth's simply told, often moving first-person narrative is meant to be his way of accepting the two losses in his life. However, although the semi-therapeutic story covers three years in the boys' baseball lives, it largely ignores their school lives and some readers may wonder what else they did. Mixing themes common to many YA coming-of-age titles with strong character development, this easy-to-read and well-paced novel will involve many readers. --Jack Forman, Mesa College Library, San Diego
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 823 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 180 pages
  • Editeur : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (30 mai 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Courtesy of Teens Read Too 28 août 2011
Seth Barnam's father was a golfer, and it probably would have been Seth's game, too, but his dad died when Seth was only seven. Coming to terms with his father's death was difficult for Seth, but then he met Jimmy Winter. Jimmy has lots of baseball talent, and a father that demands perfection from him. The boys become fast friends, and both sign up for Little League, even though Seth feels inadequate compared to his new friend.

Their time together is spent practicing baseball, with Jimmy's father usually there to coach them and urge them to improve. Jimmy's intensity and self-assurance on the playing field begins to rub off onto Seth, too. He improves as a student and as a baseball player, and he dreams of being as good as Jimmy.

Then Jimmy's home life begins to unravel; his father is drinking too much and then his parents divorce. Seth is at a loss when Jimmy is caught drinking and suspended from the team. Jimmy just can't seem to get his life back on track, and his choices lead to an unexpected result.

This is an exciting novel, loaded with baseball action. It will have an intense appeal to anyone interested in that sport, but the main focus is on the friendship that develops between Seth and Jimmy, and of coping with the consequences of foolish choices, and the grief of dealing with incomprehensible loss. It's easy to read with well-developed, likable characters, a gripping plot, and plenty of action. I highly recommend this book, especially for boys, but girls will also enjoy this story of a forever kind of friendship.

Notes: An ALA Best Book for Young Adults An ALA Best Book for Reluctant Readers A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Book of the Year.

Reviewed by: Grandma Bev
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great story about friendship, baseball, and growing up. 11 juin 1999
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HEART OF A CHAMPION tells a story about two very different boys, and what brings them together. Seth's father recently died, and he's feeling lost. He meets Jimmy Winter and so the story begins. Seth and Jimmy learn about life while they learn about baseball. They celebrate their victories and their failures on the field and in life. This book deals with important issues such as death, divorce, alcoholism and peer pressure. Deuker's dialogue is realistic, and you can hear the crack of the bat in his baseball descriptions. The plot moves along quickly, and keeps interest levels high. This is a good book even for someone who really doesn't read much for pleasure. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Inspiring story about baseball and growing up 10 décembre 2003
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Heart of a Champion is an inspiring story by Carl Deuker. This book, which is based on a true story, is extremely well written and has very realistic characters. This book follows two boy's adolesence as they live and die around their favorite sport, baseball. The characters are brought together from two different backgrounds, through their love of the game. As they enter high school they mature as adults and overcome personal challenges that come their way. This book apppeals to any baseball fan or someone who is interested in a realistic story about friendship and life.
The main characters, Jimmy and Seth, go through the typical changes of an average teenager. This aspect of the book allows adolescents to relate to some of the problems that they also face. Jimmy's character is one of the most complex characters that I have ever read about. Readers will be suprised at Jimmy's mindset and his personality changes throughout the story. The other main character, Seth plays the role of the more responsible and mature friend who must keep Jimmy grounded.
This story takes place in California in the 90s. When Jimmy and Seth are 8 they meet each other on the playground. They decide to play catch and this starts a long lasting friendship. Every Saturday for 5 years they meet each other on the playground to play catch and hit flyballs. When the two part their ways on the playground and start high school, they find out they are going to the same school. They join the high school baseball team and go through 3 seasons of high caliber championship baseball. But in their senior year, Seth starts to see his best friend spin out of control.
This is an excellent book and I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in a good, pageturner.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 If you even remotely like sports 6 décembre 2001
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A Review by Tyler
Heart of a Champion is a good book, actually it's great book. Probably the best book I've ever read, I give it 5stars. This book was so real to life, and the struggles, heartaches, and pains a real friendship goes through. Seth and Jimmy both love the game of baseball, and everything about it, they both dream of playing in the Major Leagues. But Jimmy likes one thing inpaticular that some Major Leagues do, that will eventually break him. To find out what read the book. The ending to this story is what no one would expect, and that is how the whole book is, this is part of the reason the book is so good. The book was well written; all the conflicts seemed so real. Although there were a couple of scenes where I had to read it twice, to figure out whose talking or just what it meant. I would recommend this book to anybody who even remotely likes baseball or any sport.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Compelling Book for all ages!!! 9 juin 1999
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As, the two best friends, Seth and Jimmy work hard to clinch the high school baseball league title, many things start to break up their friendship. Both boys had been having some tough family problems. When Jimmy starts getting involved with alcohol, Seth tries everything he can to save his friend from losing his future as a major league baseball player. But then something happens that will change both of their lives forever. If you are anxious to find out what happens read the novel by Carl Dueker. Heart of a Champion is a compelling book for all ages. It is best for any teenager between the ages of 12-15. This story relates to the problems of everyday teens. For sure it will clench your heart. It has been rated a five star novel(*****) by many authors and publishers for sure..
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 What a great book! 10 mai 2001
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Heart of a Champion is probably the greatest book I ever read. It is about a boy named Seth who¹s dad died when he was just a little kid. His father played golf and so did Seth. Seth didn¹t like it very much however. He started playing baseball with a kid named Jimmy who had all roads leading to the majors. They go through all sorts of obstacles like school and Jimm¹ys dad getting divorced from Jimmy¹s mother. However, after all the twists and turns throughout the book, there is a great ending at the end. This is a great book for baseball lovers such as myself. It has a good plot and what makes it really interesting is its baseball knowledge. The author does a great job of putting in baseball facts and strategies as well as exciting games that Seth and Jimmy play together. If you are any kind of baseball fan but you don¹t read too much, this book will keep you reading it until the end!
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