By: John H. RitterMia BrdeckaReading Miss RochePeriod 3May 11th
Summary The Boy Who Saved Baseball is about a boy named Tom who’s town is about to get bull dozed. One day, the mayor holds a meeting and an old man, Doc, says that instead of bull dozing the town right away, they should play a game of baseball to decide. It is a do or die situation. Will Tom save the town? Will they get beat at a game of baseball? Pick up the book and find out for yourself.
John H. Ritter: Biography John H. Ritter was born on October 31, 1951 in San Pedro, California. John grew up in a baseball family which helped him write The Boy Who Saved Baseball. He has 4 siblings. Also, he lived where there were mountains which helped him clear his mind and have a great imagination. In 2004, The Boy Who Saved Baseball won the Paterson Prize for Children’s Books award. http://www.johnhritter.com/
Characters Main Characters-Tom Gallagher – 12 years old, kind, leader, smart, brown- haired-Cruz de la Cruz- 12 years old, daring, cowboy-Del Gato- short, dark- bearded, thin face, rugged/ long haired, 5time all-star, greatest hitter in modern era Supporting Characters-Frankie Flores- 12 years old, Tom’s BFF, shortstop-Maria- 12 years old, Frankies cousin, pretty, bossy-Ramon-12 years old, Smart, outfielder, great hitter-Will- 12 years old, catcher, great hitter-Rachel- 12 years old, powerful, tall, strong, pretty- Mr. Gallagher- Tom Gallagher’s Dad, coach of the Wildcats
Plot Introduction- Tom goes to Doc’s house and Doc tells Tom the plan which is to make Tom fight for the baseball diamond- Doc tells the mayor the plan Rising Action- Mr. Gallagher assembles a team- Cruz de la Cruz comes out of no where and sings up for the team- Tom and Cruz de la Cruz meet Del Gato
Plot Continued- Del Gato helps coach the Wildcats-Cruz invents a video game to help the team with theirhitting- Cruz de la Cruz disappears before the big game Climax- The Wildcats defeat the Lake View Vikings thanks to Tom Falling Action- Doc dies right when the Wildcats win the game Conclusion- The Wildcats saved Dillingtown
Starring Character Tom Gallagher is played by: Alex Rodriguez
Starring Character Cruz de la Cruz played by: Justin Bieber
Starring Character Del Gato played by: Zac Efron
Starring Character Frankie Flores played by: Derek Jeter
Starring Character Maria played by: Selena Gomez
Starring Character Rachel played by: Katy Perry
Starring Character Mr. Gallagher played by: Tom Hanks
New Vocabulary Las manzanas pequenos- Small applesPg. 66 “ Ah, las manzanas pequenos,” said Cruz Compadre- MatePg. 59 “ You with me, Compadre?” Cruz whispered. La desperada- The desperatePg. 58 “But now he realized, he was seeing her, la desperada, in a brand-newlight.” El Centro- The centerPg. 46 “ It turned out that whether or not they thought Tom’s dad was thedouble-crosser mentioned in the Death and Doom prophecy, almost no onethought he would or could give the Wildcats a “snow-ball’s chance in ElCentro.” Carne asada- Roast beefPg. 43 “Carne asada!” said Frankie.
Soundtrack Tunes Camp Rock “We Can’t Back Down” when they hear how the other team is super good. We got a situation that we cant ignore Cause ignorance is not blissWe cant We cant back down We dont have to take this, noWe cant back down (x4) Theres too much at stake With every big decision This is serious We cant back down Comes an equally important share of the riskNot right now Dont walk away We gotta take this onWe cant back down Theres too much at stake We cant pretend its not happening This is seriousNot right now We cant back down In our own backyard Dont walk awayWe cant back down Theres too much at stakeWe cant back down Our own home plate We cant pretend its not happening This is serious (No way) In our own backyard Dont walk awayuhh ohhh yeah yeah yeah We been called out Our own home plate We cant pretend its not happening (We been called out) (No way) In our own backyardDont close your eyes Do you hear your name? Weve been called out Our own home plateWere all in this together (Yeah) Weve been called out (Weve been called out)Wherever Im not confused Do you hear your name?we draw the line Do you hear your name? Lets win this thing (Yeah) Im not confusedWere not gonna straddle Lets win this thing (Lets do it) Im not confusedbut cross it We cant back down We cant back down Lets win this thingOr lose it Theres too much at stake Theres too much at stake (Lets do it) Dont walk away Dont walk away, dont walk away, We cant back down Dont walk away, (Dont walk away, yeah) Theres too much at stake Dont walk away, dont walk away, We cant back down Dont get me wrong (Dont walk away, yeah) We cant back down I dont like confrontation Not right now Id rather we all just get along We cant back down Music should be undivided, united
Soundtrack Tunes Continued “Good Life” by: One Republic to remind them that whatever happens, it will still be a good life.Woke up in London yesterdayFound myself in the city near PiccadillyDont really know how I got hereI got some pictures on my phone Oh, this has gotta be the good lifeNew names and numbers that I dont know This has gotta be the good lifeAddress to places like Abbey Road This could really be a good life, good lifeDay turns to night, night turns to whatever we wantWere young enough to say I say, "Oh, got this feeling that you cant fight"Oh, this has gotta be the good life Oh, this has gotta be the good life Like this city is on fire tonightThis has gotta be the good life This has gotta be the good life This could really be a good life, a good, goodThis could really be a good life, good life This could really be a good life, good life life Oh yeah, good, good life, good life, oh, this isI say, "Oh, got this feeling that you cant fight" I say, oh, got this feeling that you cant fightLike this city is on fire tonight Like this city is on fire tonight To my friends in New York, I say helloThis could really be a good life, a good, good life This could really be a good life, a good, good life My friends in L.A. they dont knowTo my friends in New York, I say hello Oh, a good, good life, yeah Where Ive been for the past few years or soMy friends in L.A. they dont know Paris to China to ColoradoWhere Ive been for the past few years or so HopelesslyParis to China to Colorado I feel like there might be something that Ill miss Sometimes theres airplanes I can t jump out Hopelessly Sometimes theres stuff that dont work nowSometimes theres airplanes I can t jump out I feel like the window closes oh so quick We are God of stories but please tell meSometimes theres stuff that dont work now What there is to complain about?We are God of stories, but please tell me HopelesslyWhat there is to complain about? Im taking a mental picture of you now Cause hopelesslyWhen youre happy like a fool, let it take you overThe hope is we have so much to feel good aboutWhen everything is out you gotta take it in
Rating I gave The Boy Who Saved Baseball I gave The Boy Who Saved Baseball five out of five stars because I enjoyed how to save the town, they had to play a game of baseball for it. I cherished how they included how to hit a baseball, meaning the physics behind it and since I play softball, it came in handy. Lastly, I appreciated how the author described the characters from how Del Gato had rugged hair to him having a short, brown beard.