Ripken, Cal, Jr., Hothead. Disney Hyperion, 2011. Pgs. 135. Language: G, Violence: G, Sexual Content: G
Connor is a great shortstop and loves baseball. But, lately he’s been having all sorts of blowups at the games. Which leads to disappointment from his dad, his coach, teammates, girls, and worst of all, himself. Things are rough at home. His dad is out of work and can’t find a job. People at school are giving him a hard time about his temper. Will his family be okay? Will Connor be able to get his temper under control or will he strike out?
This book has a good balance between sports and the characters and their relationships. The sports action will hook even reluctant readers who would rather be on the field or in the dugout. This book is a perfect match for boys who love baseball. EL (4-6), MS. OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Jessica Moody, Library Media Specialist, Olympus Jr. High.