Wild Pitch

Author: Mike Lupica

Publisher: Berkley

ISBN: 9780425192047

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 3243

Washed-out pitcher Charlie Stoddard is called back to the majors after the Red Sox lose two starting pitchers, but he hopes to turn around his personal life as well, a much more difficult challenge. Reprint.
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Making My Pitch

A Woman's Baseball Odyssey

Author: Ila Jane Borders,Jean Hastings Ardell

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803285302

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 264

View: 8396

Making My Pitch tells the story of Ila Jane Borders, who despite formidable obstacles became a Little League prodigy, MVP of her otherwise all-male middle school and high school teams, the first woman awarded a baseball scholarship, and the first to pitch and win a complete men’s collegiate game. After Mike Veeck signed Borders in May 1997 to pitch for his St. Paul Saints of the independent Northern League, she accomplished what no woman had done since the Negro Leagues era: play men’s professional baseball. Borders played four professional seasons and in 1998 became the first woman in the modern era to win a professional ball game. Borders had to find ways to fit in with her teammates, reassure their wives and girlfriends, work with the media, and fend off groupies. But these weren’t the toughest challenges. She had a troubled family life, a difficult adolescence as she struggled with her sexual orientation, and an emotionally fraught college experience as a closeted gay athlete at a Christian university. Making My Pitch shows what it’s like to be the only woman on the team bus, in the clubhouse, and on the field. Raw, open, and funny at times, her story encompasses the loneliness of a groundbreaking pioneer who experienced grave personal loss. Borders ultimately relates how she achieved self-acceptance and created a life as a firefighter and paramedic and as a coach and goodwill ambassador for the game of baseball.
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Off the Charts

The Hidden Lives and Lessons of American Child Prodigies

Author: Ann Hulbert

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 1101947292

Category: Education

Page: 400

View: 7567

Presents an exploration of child genius through the stories of fifteen exceptionally gifted young people, from cybernetics founder Norbert Wiener and chess master Bobby Fischer to movie icon Shirley Temple and African-American musician Philippa Schuyler.
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Perfect Pitch in the Key of Autism

A Guide for Educators, Parents, and the Musically Gifted

Author: Henny Kupferstein,Susan Rancer

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 153200141X

Category: Music

Page: 208

View: 1884

Autistic people and musical individuals often have perfect pitch, a gift they were born with. The musical gift may be accompanied with learning differences such as reading comprehension problems, trouble with mathematics, and significant difficulties in learning how to read music. This book was written by a music therapist and an autistic researcher, and is endorsed by leading experts in the field of autism and special-needs education. The Rancer Method is presented as page-by-page instructions to be implemented with readily-available method books so that every piano teacher can follow it and do well by their students. "By focusing on the abilities rather than the deficits of people with learning, perceptual, motor, and other differences, Kupferstein and Rancer have developed a revolutionary piano pedagogy that will empower individuals with autism and other differences by unleashing the power of what can be done." Stephen M. Shore, Ed.D. Internationally known professor, consultant, speaker, and author on issues related to the autism spectrum and special education. Person on the autism spectrum p>"This book will help the quirky kid who is different to be successful in music. This method may help open musical doors for many individuals on the autism spectrum." Temple Grandin, author Thinking in Pictures and The Autistic Brain.
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The Phenomenon

Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch that Changed My Life

Author: Rick Ankiel

Publisher: PublicAffairs

ISBN: 1610396871

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 949

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Rick Ankiel had the talent to be one of the best pitchers ever. Then, one day, he lost it. The Phenomenon is the story of how St. Louis Cardinals prodigy Rick Ankiel lost his once-in-a-generation ability to pitch--not due to an injury or a bolt of lightning, but a mysterious anxiety condition widely known as "the Yips." It came without warning, in the middle of a playoff game, with millions of people watching. And it has never gone away. Yet the true test of Ankiel's character came not on the mound, but in the long days and nights that followed as he searched for a way to get back in the game. For four and a half years, he fought the Yips with every arrow in his quiver: psychotherapy, medication, deep-breathing exercises, self-help books, and, eventually, vodka. And then, after reconsidering his whole life at the age of twenty-five, Ankiel made an amazing turnaround: returning to the Major Leagues as a hitter and playing seven successful seasons. This book is an incredible story about a universal experience--pressure--and what happened when a person on the brink had to make a choice about who he was going to be.
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Well Played

Author: Katrina Ramos Atienza

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781490960746


Page: 124

View: 5653

Patrice Reyes is starting her junior year at the University and she's convinced it's going to be the best semester ever. For starters, it looks like this is the year her team will win the regional football (soccer, for you Yanks) championships. Her subjects are looking good, and there's even a chance she might finally get somewhere with her rock star crush. But a new classmate-arrogant, cold math nerd-is seriously throwing off her groove. Will she ever get rid of him and have the awesome semester she deserves? Or is there truth to never judging (math) books by their cover?
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My Infamous Life

The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's Prodigy

Author: Albert "Prodigy" Johnson,Laura Checkoway

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439103194

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 9768

"A memoir about a life almost lost and a revealing look at the dark side of hip hop's golden era ... a story of struggle, survival, and hope down the mean streets of New York City"--Dust flap jacket.
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The Mirror of Monsters and Prodigies

A Novel

Author: Pamela Ditchoff

Publisher: N.A


Category: Fiction

Page: 223

View: 7338

"There's nothing so fascinates people as freaks." - Myrtle Perkins, the bearded lady.
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Guitar Play-Along

Author: Cream

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1476808902

Category: Music

Page: 72

View: 6244

(Guitar Play-Along). The Guitar Play-Along series will help you play your favorite songs quickly and easily! Just follow the tab, listen to the audio to hear how the guitar should sound, and then play along using the separate backing tracks. The melody and lyrics are also included in case you want to sing, or to simply help you follow along. 8 songs: Badge * Cross Road Blues (Crossroads) * Politician * Spoonful * Strange Brew * Sunshine of Your Love * Tales of Brave Ulysses * White Room.
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Perfect Pitch

The Art of Selling Ideas and Winning New Business

Author: Jon Steel

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0471789763

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 262

View: 6838

The author of the "Adweek" bestseller "Truth, Lies & Advertising" now shows readers how the principles of advertising research and planning can be applied to the business of presenting and selling ideas.
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The Prodigy

A Novel

Author: John Feinstein

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

ISBN: 0374305978

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 320

View: 1159

From award-winning sportswriter John Feinstein, a YA novel about a teen golfer poised to blaze his way into Masters Tournament history—and he’ll face secrecy, sacrifice, and the decision of a lifetime to get there. Seventeen-year-old Frank Baker is a golfing sensation. He’s set to earn a full-ride scholarship to play at the university of his choice, but his single dad wants him to skip college and turn pro—golf has taken its toll on the family bank account, and his dad is eager to start cashing in on his son’s prowess. Frank knows he isn’t ready for life on the pro tour—regardless of the potential riches—so his swing coach enlists a professional golfer turned journalist to be Frank’s secret adviser. Pressure mounts when, after reaching the final of the U.S. Amateur tournament, Frank wins an automatic invite to the Masters. And when the prodigy, against all odds, starts tearing up the course at Augusta National, sponsors are lined up to throw money at him—and his father. But Frank’s entry in the Masters hinges on maintaining his standing as an amateur. Can he and his secret adviser—who has his own conflicts—keep Frank’s dad at bay long enough to bring home the legendary green jacket?
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Author: Matthew Krause

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 1452556954

Category: Fiction

Page: 296

View: 3652

In the late 1980s, Travis Lembeau, a freshman catcher trying to make his college baseball team, meets Nicholas "Pooch" Shepherd, a brilliant, ambidextrous pitching prodigy. The two become fast friends and decide to work out together to earn a spot on the rotation. But Pooch has a love of the drink and a talent for sabotage, and one cool February night in 1989, he embarks on a night of drunken violence that leaves Travis in the hospital. Almost a decade has passed, and the two have gotten on with their lives. Travis has married his college sweetheart and works for a small-town newspaper, and Nick Shepherd, no longer calling himself Pooch, is a recovering alcoholic, ten years sober, who cares for his ailing mother and teaches baseball to the local kids. It would seem that the terrible days of Pooch are long gone ... but sometimes the past is never where you think you left it. Through a quantum anomaly, the demon that Nick used to be--the vicious Pooch circa 1989--claws its way across the portals of time to stalk Travis and harass his family. After Travis suffers another beating at Pooch's hands, he fears the worst--that Nick has fallen off the wagon and returned to his violent ways. But Nick is still very much sober and has an even greater reason for concern. For if this thing really is Pooch, if Pooch has somehow come out of the past to torment the present, then every atrocity committed by Pooch will leave a trail leading back to Nick. Working together and apart, and enlisting the aid of a mysterious time-traveling transient, Travis and Nick set out to stop Pooch and send him back to where he came from ... before Pooch's madness destroys everything they love.
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Black Diamond

Author: Ali Dean

Publisher: Ali Dean

ISBN: 1523283718

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 188

View: 2949

It’s not a place for the weak. No one here tolerates wimps. If you can’t handle it, leave. Welcome to Stark Springs, Colorado, home to the most talented young athletes in the world. When Roxie Slade snaps into a pair of skis, there’s no one on Sugarville Mountain in Vermont who can keep up with her. Not even the boys. Still, Roxie was shocked when she received a scholarship to Stark Springs Academy, a boarding school that churns out Olympians in each graduating class. Entering as a high school junior, Roxie can’t wait to learn from renowned coaches and train with the fastest ski racers from all over the globe. But upon arrival, Roxie discovers that Stark Springs lives under its own set of rules, and it appears one boy plays dictator. Ryker Black is not friendly and Roxie cannot fathom why everyone wants to be his friend. Sure, he’s gorgeous and rides a snowboard like it’s his fifth limb, but he’s cold, ruthless, and holds way too much power over the Stark Springs population. Roxie won’t put up with it. She’s here to train, and she doesn’t care about impressing anyone off the slopes. The only problem? Ryker Black doesn’t permit defiance. Not without consequences.
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Author: C.S. Pacat

Publisher: Boom! Studios

ISBN: 1641440074

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 112

View: 8381

Novelist C.S. Pacat (Captive Prince) and fan-favorite artist Johanna the Mad team up for a new series perfect for fans of Check, Please! and Yuri!!! on Ice. Nicholas Cox is determined to prove himself in the world of competitive fencing, and earn his place alongside fencing legends like the dad he never knew, but things get more complicated when he’s up against his golden-boy half-brother, as well as the sullen fencing prodigy, Seiji Katayama. Collects issues #1-4.
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My First Songbook

PSP Songbook I

Author: Rob Young

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781519520074


Page: 38

View: 7026

My First Songbook is a collection of easy to play songs written in big, colorful and easy-to-read music notation. Even if you've never played an instrument, using this book and a color coded instrument, you and your kids will be developing your musical ears and playing an instrument in no time. The colors in the book match the worlds most popular note-coloring system, Chromanotes(TM). This makes it perfect for Boomwhackers, bells, or a piano with color coded stickers. Each song also has a Solfege (Curwen) Hand Sign section. By singing with the hand signs, you attach pitch to a kinesthetic movement which helps develop your child's sense of Perfect Pitch. As a bonus, this songbook comes with a companion video course that walks you through the hand signs, explains how we read music and introduces kids to the idea of rhythm. It features the author, Mr. Rob, in an animated music lesson series that will walk your child through playing 3 of the songs in the book. Featuring: - Colorful and easy-to-read music with lyrics, notation, and hand-signs for 12 beloved kids songs - BONUS: Video Companion Course - Twinkle Littler Star, Row Your Boat, Farmer in the Dell, Sweet Beets, Avocado, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Hot Cross Buns, On Top of Spaghetti, Avocado, When The Saints Go Marching In, Jingle Bells)
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Fever Pitch

Author: Heidi Cullinan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781945116049


Page: 450

View: 8319

Aaron isn't eager for college until he meets Giles at a graduation party, but Giles isn't happy when Aaron turns up at his college, bringing dark memories of their hometown with him. Just when they begin to successfully navigate their relationship, Aaron's parents and a campus tragedy threaten to bring their bright crescendo to a shattering end.
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Playing from the Heart

Author: Peter H. Reynolds

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 0763678929

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 6057

Peter H. Reynolds, creator of The Dot, has composed a pitch-perfect tribute to the power of music and the bonds of family. When a young boy begins to play on his family's piano, reveling in the fun of plunking the keys, his father signs him up for lessons so that he can learn to play properly. With his father's encouragement, Raj learns notes, then scales, then songs, and finally classical pieces that his father can recognize and be proud of. But the more Raj practices and the more skilled he becomes, the less he enjoys playing, until he grows up and stops playing altogether. But when his father becomes ill and asks Raj to play for him, will Raj remember how to play from the heart?
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I Am Zlatan

My Story On and Off the Field

Author: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0812986938

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

View: 5711

Daring, flashy, innovative, volatile—no matter what they call him, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of soccer’s brightest stars. A top-scoring striker and captain of the Swedish national team, he has dominated the world’s most storied teams, including Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, and Paris Saint-Germain. But his life wasn’t always so charmed. Born to Balkan immigrants who divorced when he was a toddler, Zlatan learned self-reliance from his rough-and-tumble neighborhood. While his father, a Bosnian Muslim, drank to forget the war back home, his mother’s household was engulfed in chaos. Soccer was Zlatan’s release. Mixing in street moves and trick plays, Zlatan was a wild talent who rode to practice on stolen bikes and relished showing up the rich kids—opponents and teammates alike. Goal by astonishing goal, the brash young outsider grew into an unlikely prodigy and, by his early twenties, an international phenomenon. Told as only the man himself could tell it, featuring stories of friendships and feuds with the biggest names in the sport, I Am Zlatan is a wrenching, uproarious, and ultimately redemptive tale for underdogs everywhere. Praise for I Am Zlatan “Terrific . . . Far more insightful than your typical jock memoir, Ibra’s book tells his story of growing up as the son of immigrants in Sweden and pulls no punches when it comes to his opinions of some of the biggest names in the game.”—Sports Illustrated “The most compelling autobiography ever to appear under a footballer’s name.”—The Guardian “The story of Zlatan—from his days as an immigrant kid juggling a soccer ball so he won’t get bullied to his emergence as the genius player who scored the greatest goal ever—is as compelling and fancy-footed as his game.”—Aleksandar Hemon, National Book Award finalist and author of The Lazarus Project “I love this book. I love it because it’s so much bigger than soccer. I Am Zlatan is a story of hope and grit and what an immigrant kid who comes from nothing can accomplish with hard work and belief in himself. It’s also a beautiful window into our new, more open, more diverse world.”—Marcus Samuelsson, bestselling author of Yes, Chef “Probably the bestselling European immigrant’s tale since Zadie Smith’s White Teeth . . . Once you get past the obligatory snigger prompted by the phrase ‘footballer’s autobiography,’ you can see that Zlatan’s book strangely resembles an earlier immigrant’s tale: Portnoy’s Complaint.”—Financial Times “He is skillful. He is outspoken. He is Zlatan.”—The New York Times “The best sports autobiography in years.”—PolicyMic From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Bud, Not Buddy

Author: Christopher Paul Curtis

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 1101934263

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 256

View: 3807

The Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award-winning classic about a boy who decides to hit the road to find his father—from Christopher Paul Curtis, author of The Watsons Go To Birmingham—1963, a Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree. It’s 1936, in Flint Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud’s got a few things going for him: 1. He has his own suitcase full of special things. 2. He’s the author of Bud Caldwell’s Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself. 3. His momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: flyers advertising Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression!!!!!! Bud’s got an idea that those flyers will lead him to his father. Once he decides to hit the road to find this mystery man, nothing can stop him—not hunger, not fear, not vampires, not even Herman E. Calloway himself. AN ALA BEST BOOK FOR YOUNG ADULTS AN ALA NOTABLE CHILDREN'S BOOK AN IRA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD WINNER NAMED TO 14 STATE AWARD LISTS “The book is a gem, of value to all ages, not just the young people to whom it is aimed.” —The Christian Science Monitor “Will keep readers engrossed from first page to last.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred “Curtis writes with a razor-sharp intelligence that grabs the reader by the heart and never lets go. . . . This highly recommended title [is] at the top of the list of books to be read again and again.” —Voice of Youth Advocates, Starred From the Hardcover edition.
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The Gustav Sonata

Author: Rose Tremain

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473520347

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 9769

The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award Winner of the South Bank Sky Arts Award Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize What is the difference between friendship and love? Gustav grows up in a small town in Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem a distant echo. But Gustav’s father has mysteriously died, and his adored mother Emilie is strangely cold and indifferent to him. Gustav’s life is a lonely one until he meets Anton. An intense lifelong friendship develops but Anton fails to understand how deeply and irrevocably his life and Gustav’s are entwined until it is almost too late... ‘This is a perfect novel’ Observer 'The Gustav Sonata is beautifully rendered, and magnificent in its scope. It glows with mastery' Ian McEwan
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