Knowing that the mountain trails are unsafe for bicycles due to fallen trees and other obstacles, Jonas helps organize a clean-up crew in early spring, but when he hears someone else biking on the trail he cannot resist a ride of his own.
Mark finds that he is jealous when his friend Jonas seems to learn kung fu much more quickly than he did.
Threatened by a beating if he hits against Roy’s pitching, Johnny almost loses a ballgame for his team.
Billy Joe was a fine football player. His brother told him he could catch a pass just as if he had glue on his fingers. But Billy Joe wouldn’t play on any team. He knew he was good but he also was afraid that the other boys would make fun of him because he stuttered. Should a stutter prevent a boy from enjoying a game he loves to play? Billy Joe must face this question in this enjoyable story for middle readers.
Chip really wanted a new glove. The one he owned had once belonged to his father, and it was okay, but Chip couldn’t get the idea of a new one out of his head. Using money he has saved, Chip finally does go out and buy the glove he’s longed for. Then he throws the old one in the lake.
But something goes wrong. Chip becomes a rotten fielder whenever he wears his new glove. What can he do? His old glove is gone, and his new one seems jinxed. Find out how Chip solves the problem in this fast-action sports story.
After first baseman Turtleneck Jones takes a fast-moving throw from his team’s shortstop right in the chest, he starts shying away from the ball and missing easy plays because he’s afraid of being hit again. Coach Parker has no choice but to replace Turtleneck with the Mudders’ substitute player. Will Turtleneck be able to find his lost confidence — or will he have…
While trying to ask Uncle Pete to coach for the Peach Street Mudders, Zero discovers that he can throw a slider when there’s a big bandage on his injured thumb.
Pepper Pride was new to town and wanted to make friends fast. So when some local kids told him they needed a goalie for their soccer team, he lied and said he had played goalie in his old town. It isn’t easy to play goalie when you’re short and new to the position. What Pepper lacks in height and experience, however, he makes up for in speed. He’s so fast his teammates start calling him Jackrabbit. But hen Pepper learns his team has to play against the Giants, a team older, bigger boys, he begins to doubt he can do the job. Should he admit that he’s not really a goalie? Or should he play and run the risk of letting his team down?
Mike suddenly becomes starting quarterback for his team, and he’s got a problem. Everything is fine as long as the coach gives him the plays from the bench, but what happens the day the coach sprains an ankle and has to leave the game? Will Mike ruin things for the whole team?
Hardly! Not while Harry, a dog with a talent for mind reading, is around. Another round of sport action with Mike and Harry.
Football bloopers, puzzlers, fun facts, and wacky stories — Matt Christopher, the number-one sports writer for kids, scores a touchdown with this zany collection for fans of pigskin-tossing, gridiron-hitting action! Packed with laugh-out-loud illustrations, this book will make even the toughest linebacker smile.