Jeter, Derek with Peter Mantell The Contract, 151 pgs. Simon and Schuster, 2014. $16.99. Language: G (0 swears); Violence: G; Mature Content: G.
Third grader Derek Jeter wants to grow up to play shortstop for the New York Yankees. His teacher thinks he has unrealistic expectations but his parents are supportive. As the little league season starts, Derek finds himself on another average team, and the coach's son got the position of short stop. Derek has a contract with his parents to do well in school and to be a team player, but when his team can't beat the heavy hitting teams and Derek's grades are slipping because he's so worried, his self confidence suffers too.
Inspired by Derek Jeter’s childhood, this account of a season of little league contains a lot of game action which is the best part of this book. While Derek is young, he seems much older in the book, so older elementary readers can easily relate to this kid. Jeter fans and baseball fans will enjoy this middle reader and can look forward to 9 more in this series.
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