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The Resource Top of the order, John Coy

Top of the order, John Coy

Label
Top of the order
Title
Top of the order
Statement of responsibility
John Coy
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Ten-year-old Jackson lives for baseball, but becomes distracted by the approach of middle school, his mother's latest boyfriend, and the presence of a girl--his good friend's sister--on his team
Member of
Storyline
Pace
Tone
Review
  • Gr 3–6— Jackson approaches the end of fifth grade with mixed feelings: he's ready for middle school, but word is that eighth graders make life miserable for the incoming class. It's May, though, and now he's looking forward to baseball. The team has some great players, but is down a second baseman, and if one can't be found, the season is going to have to be forfeited. When Gig's sister shows up at practice, Gig is furious. But Sydney quickly shows her stuff, leaving Jackson in a quandary. Does he support Gig by trying to pressure her to quit the team, or does he put his feelings for the team ahead of their friendship? To further complicate matters, Jackson and his brother are shuffled back and forth between their divorced parents' households, and his mother is dating again. The adults in his life want him to challenge himself. Can't they see that his life is already full of challenges? Coy effortlessly captures the voices of boys on the verge of adolescence. Jackson and his friends are fully developed. Gig's perception of his sister as always showing him up comes through clearly, and when he tells Jackson, "Baseball was the one place I didn't have to deal with her. Now she wants to wreck that, too," students will appreciate the dilemma. Gripping play-by-play and a fast-moving plot will appeal to sports enthusiasts and reluctant readers.—Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA --Kim Dare (Reviewed March 1, 2009) (School Library Journal, vol 55, issue 3, p142)
  • Coy (Box Out ) brings his successful combination of relatable characters and sports action to his middle-grade debut. Jackson Kennedy, the affable fifth-grade narrator, lives for baseball. Playing shortstop for his school team helps take the sting off his troubles at home and school: divorced parents, a newly dating mom and middle-school worries about eighth-graders who “make you drink a Coke so fast, you hurl in the garbage can.” Jackson and his team have high hopes for the coming season until Sydney—his best friend Gig's sister—shows up to play second base (with her pink glove, no less). Jackson mentally wrestles with this as most boys his age would: she's a good player and the team needs her, but she's still a girl. Coy does a good job keeping his story grounded in the concerns that kids this age would have, and his characters—such as Gig, the goofball whose dad is about to be shipped to Afghanistan, and G-Man, Jackson's baseball-loving grandpa—are appealing and true to life. Young baseball fans will enjoy the infield banter, Gig's corn-dogs-up-the-nose antics and the grand slam ending. Ages 8–12. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed March 16, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 11, p61)
  • Bored with school, ten-year-old Jackson Kennedy can't wait for summer baseball, but as the season approaches, so do distractions: A girl joins the team (with a pink glove, no less), his mother has begun dating again, middle school looms and his friend's father has been called up for service in Afghanistan. Except for Sydney's joining the team, the other issues stay in the background, and Jackson's first-person narration tells a simple and straightforward tale of individuals who come together to become a team. Sydney handles taunts, pitches aimed at her head, base runners barreling into her and batting woes to earn the respect of her team, though she curiously drops from Jackson's radar as soon as the season ends, and his bond with other boys solidifies as they brace themselves for middle school. Appealing characters and plenty of baseball action will make this a hit with young sports fans. (Fiction. 8-12) (Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2009)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
306944
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1958-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Coy, John
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.C839455
LC item number
Top 2009
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 6
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
4 for 4 series
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Baseball stories
  • Friendship
  • Schools
  • Sex role
  • Divorce
  • Baseball stories
  • Friendship
  • Schools
  • Sex role
  • Divorce
  • Family life
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Top of the order, John Coy
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
182 p.
Isbn
9780312373290
Lccn
2008028551
System control number
  • ocn234439931
  • (OCoLC)234439931
Label
Top of the order, John Coy
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
182 p.
Isbn
9780312373290
Lccn
2008028551
System control number
  • ocn234439931
  • (OCoLC)234439931

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