Named one of the best chapter books of the year by the New York Public Library and included in the 101st edition of NYPL’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
Named one of the Best Children’s Books of the Year by the Bank Street College of Education
NPR’s Backseat Book Club Pick for October 2013!
A 2013-14 Iowa Children’s Choice Award nominee
A 2014-15 Young Hoosiers Book Award nominee
“An uncommonly thoughtful baseball novel.”—Publishers Weekly
“Well-developed characters and a strong narrative voice make this novel about much
more than baseball…. Pitch-perfect.”—School Library Journal
“[A] kid-smart novel … Northrop, a former reporter and editor at Sports Illustrated Kids, knows baseball and kids. He weaves an entertaining story about how the games we play can be mental as well as physical.”—USA Today
“Plunked takes a very common fear among young ballplayers—the fear of being hit by the baseball—and turns it into a well-crafted story and fun read. The sharp dialogue, the characters and, yes, maybe even a little bit of that anxiety will resonate with young readers.”
—Tom Verducci, senior writer, Sports Illustrated
“Plunked gives a marvelous degree of attention to the second-to-second details of youth baseball. Any kid who has ever loved a sport to the point of obsession will feel the fastball screaming into Jack’s batting helmet.”—Gordon Korman, author of Swindle
“Readers will appreciate this down-to-earth sports story that stays within its game, offering … a realistic story rooted in the writer’s knowledge of the game and what it means to its young players.”
“What Northrop does particularly well here is to dig into the deep, complex psychology of an at-bat, where there’s so much more going on than a simple meeting or missing of a ball and bat.”—Booklist
“It practically smells like freshly mowed grass.”—Librarian Nico Piro, Arlington, VA
GET PLUNKED: the trailer!
Sixth grader Jack Mogens has it all figured out: He’s got his batting routine down, and his outfielding earns him a starting spot alongside his best friend Andy on their Little League team, the Tall Pines Braves. He even manages to have a not-totally-embarrassing conversation with Katie, the team’s killer shortstop. But in the first game of the season, a powerful stray pitch brings everything Jack’s worked so hard for crashing down around his ears. How can he explain to his parents and friends why he won’t be playing? Readers will root for Jack as he finds the courage to step back up to the plate.