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OUT IN LEFT FIELD
by Don Lemna
Matt Collins, Illustrator

Reinforced | 224 pages | | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823423132 | 02-28-2012

Grade: FIFTH | Age: 8 to 12

Themes: Historical Fiction, Family & Relationships, Acceptance & Belonging, Sports
Recommendations: SLJ, K, A

About the Book
The companion novel to When the Sergeant Came Marching Home offers more feel-good, laugh-alound adventures to eleven-year-old Donald growing up in post-World War II Montana.

This time out, Donald is sure that his life is ruined when a pop fly beanball knocks him senseless out in left field. The error costs his team the game, and Donald is convinced that the whole town is laughing at him. Donald is desperate to redeem himself, and his attempts to become a superstar (at hockey, archery, skiing) demonstrate admirable commitment, but all end in disaster. Readers will welcome the return of this appealing young hero in a hilarious new story.


★★★ THE REVIEWS ARE IN! ★★★

"A sequel to When the Sergeant Came Marching Home . . . this is another surprisingly funny, low-key comedy."—Booklist

"Lemna's writing is wonderfully descriptive, and humor runs rampant through this story."—School Library Journal

"It's downright refreshing to see a funny book that doesn't rely on quirky characters for its gusto. Young fans of Robert Newton Peck's Soup titles will find much to enjoy in this funny, episodic, historical novel full of realistic characters and light family drama."—Kirkus Reviews

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OUT IN LEFT FIELD
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