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Scaredy-Cat Catcher

Gym Shorts

Betty Hicks, illustrated by Adam McCauley

Roaring Brook Press

The latest book in the Gym Shorts series is a grand slam with new readers.

Rocky was the best catcher in the league until an out-of-control runner broke his arm. Now his arm is healed, but he's developed a reflex that keeps him from tagging out the runner. Young readers will root for Rocky as he and his friends--and even his dog, Chops--set out to prove that he's no scaredy-cat.

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  1THE TERRIBLE TAGRocky loved to play baseball. He was the best catcher in the league.Whump!The ball landed in his glove. Dead center. An easy catch.In one motion, Rocky stepped onto the third-base line, leaned forward, and lowered his glove. He was ready to tag out the runner racing toward home plate.The runner from third slid for home, kicking up dust and gravel. Two feet blasted into sight. The cleats aimed at Rocky.The fans shouted, “Tag-him-tag-him-tag-him!”Crack! Pain shot through Rocky’s arm. Blazing pain.Rocky saw a dazzling white light. His arm—limp.Then,
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“The fast-moving plot, straightforward writing style, and illustrations on every spread make this selection ideal for students new to chapter books and for reluctant readers.” —School Library Journal

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Betty Hicks, illustrated by Adam McCauley

  • BETTY HICKS is the author of the GYM SHORTS series--action-filled sports stories that pack the energy of the gym into short novels for kids reading their first novel. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

    ADAM McCAULEY is the illustrator of the Time Warp Trio and the Wayside School books. He lives in San Francisco, California.
  • Betty Hicks
  • Adam McCauley
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Scaredy-Cat Catcher

Gym Shorts

Betty Hicks, illustrated by Adam McCauley

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Roaring Brook Press

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