The Diamond Champs

The Diamond Champs


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An aura of intrigue surrounds a baseball coach obsessed with the idea of turning a bunch of handpicked beginners into champions in one season.

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ISBN-13: 9780316140065
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 04/02/1990
Series: Matt Christopher Sports Classics Series , #6
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 631,095
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.27(d)
Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Matt Christopher is the best selling name behind more than 100 sports-themed books for young readers.

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Diamond Champs 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
TeacherLibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Christopher, Matt. The diamond champs. (1977). Boston: Little, Brown and Company Inexplicably, Coach Stag Gorman puts together a rag-tag baseball team made up of kids who are inexperienced and not suited for their positions. No one knows him, but he called each player and talked them into being on the team. His confidence in the players and ever optimistic attitude wins the players over. Despite the odds, they end up winning the league championship. During the season it had become increasingly clear to some of the players that winning the championship was crucially important to Coach Stag. Kim Rollins, the left fielder, wants to figure out who Coach is and why he has put together such an unlikely team to win the championship. He finds out that Coach was on the team all his players¿ dads had been on when they were Kim¿s age. Coach, who is really Gates Morgan, was only allowed to be the equipment handler on the team because of his poor eyesight. He put this team together to prove to himself that he was capable of taking a team to the championship. This is a satisfying realistic fiction sports story that will appeal to middle and upper elementary students. The story is told from Kim¿s point of view, and he quite believably questions Coach¿s mysterious ways. The play-by-play narration of each of the baseball games makes the story feel true-to-life to kids, as does the slow progression from a losing team to a winning team. The characters have self-doubt, as one would expect from kids that are playing in positions that don¿t suit their strength and kids that are playing a sport they¿re not used to playing. Just as realistically, they respond well to Coach¿s encouragement. The issue that is central to this story is a common and important one that kids face ¿ being held back when others see a lack of ability or even a real disability. The story shows kids that they can always do their best, no matter what their circumstances are.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book it excellent,but not as good as the kid who only hit homers
Guest More than 1 year ago
Matt Christopher¿s book The Diamond Champs was one of the best books I have ever read. I suggest many people read it because it is a fun book and very interesting. This book is so interesting it makes me want to read even more. It also is my favorite book ever! I enjoyed this book very much!