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The Contract


Series
Jeter Publishing

by
Derek Jeter ,Paul Mantell

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Imprint
Paula Wiseman
ISBN
9781481423120
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Derek Jeter dreams of one day playing for the New York Yankees. Right now, he needs to beat Gary Parnell on the next math test and lead his Little League team to victory.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

160

Trim Size

6" x 9"

Dewey

Fic

AR

4.8: points 5

Lexile

770L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

25

JLG Release

Dec 2014

Book Genres


Topics

Derek Jeter (1974- ). Childhood and youth. Baseball. Working toward a goal. Teamwork.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

This first book in Jeter’s middle grade baseball series offers an inspirational, fictionalized account of Derek’s third grade year when his dream of a baseball career meets the realities of schoolwork and Little League competition. To help Derek achieve his career dream (playing shortstop for the New York Yankees), his parents draw up a “contract” of positive expectations, values, and rewards that the boy signs. Selected to play on Kalamazoo’s Little League Tigers, Derek is disappointed when the coach’s son is given the shortstop position. Derek’s parents and the contract help him channel his frustration into team play, hard work, and excellence as a second baseman. When his math grades dip, he recognizes the need to improve and gets extra help. Derek’s determination, positive attitude toward others, and exceptional athletic talent ensure his success. His parents are a remarkable reservoir of wisdom, guidance, and support: defending his baseball dream to a doubtful teacher, suggesting a positive spin on racial slurs directed at their biracial son; and, arranging Derek’s reward of seeing a Yankees game. Factual biographical information and real relationships are smoothly blended with fiction. Engaging descriptions of young Derek’s aspirations and vulnerability, vivid Little League baseball action, and realistic peer and coach conflicts will resonate with middle grade fans. This purposeful, celebrity-authored book focuses on the first of Jeter’s 10 Life Lessons, “set your goals high.”—Gerry Larson, formerly at Durham School of the Arts, NC

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School Library Journal

This first book in Jeter’s middle grade baseball series offers an inspirational, fictionalized account of Derek’s third grade year when his dream of a baseball career meets the realities of schoolwork and Little League competition. To help Derek achieve his career dream (playing shortstop for the New York Yankees), his parents draw up a “contract” of positive expectations, values, and rewards that the boy signs. Selected to play on Kalamazoo’s Little League Tigers, Derek is disappointed when the coach’s son is given the shortstop position. Derek’s parents and the contract help him channel his frustration into team play, hard work, and excellence as a second baseman. When his math grades dip, he recognizes the need to improve and gets extra help. Derek’s determination, positive attitude toward others, and exceptional athletic talent ensure his success. His parents are a remarkable reservoir of wisdom, guidance, and support: defending his baseball dream to a doubtful teacher, suggesting a positive spin on racial slurs directed at their biracial son; and, arranging Derek’s reward of seeing a Yankees game. Factual biographical information and real relationships are smoothly blended with fiction. Engaging descriptions of young Derek’s aspirations and vulnerability, vivid Little League baseball action, and realistic peer and coach conflicts will resonate with middle grade fans. This purposeful, celebrity-authored book focuses on the first of Jeter’s 10 Life Lessons, “set your goals high.”—Gerry Larson, formerly at Durham School of the Arts, NC

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