This quarter I read the realistic fiction book, The Batboy by Mike Lupica. This book is a story about a 14 year old boy named Brian Dudley. Son of a former pitcher and an avid baseball fan, Brian gets his dream summer job: the bat boy for his favorite team the Detroit Tigers. When it seems like his summer cannot get any better, his all-time favorite player Hank Bishop is signed to the team. At the beginning, Hank is cold and yells at Brian a lot, but in the end they become friends. At the end of the summer, Brian is in for the best weekend of his life when the Tigers have a home stand with Hank currently sitting at 499 career home runs. I really liked this book because I could relate well with the main character. Brian is the same age as me and we both like baseball. The plot is very interesting and the end, although predictable, is satisfying. The characters in this story such as Brian and Hank were very well developed. The main character, Brian, is very believable because he is more or less an average 14 year old. He spent most of his life with his mom, he goes to school, has friends, and loves baseball. Brian is a …show more content…
For example, when Hank hits his 500th career homerun, Lupica describes how far and how high the ball is flying. He describes the ball’s point of view and how the ball flies so well that it make the reader feel as if they are in the ballpark to experience it. He also uses good word choice in the more dramatic scenes. For example, Lupica describes every second of Brian’s final at-bat in the championship. He does a good job of being descriptive but keeping the reader’s interest at the same time. He makes great use of simile and metaphor in this book. For example, when he is talking about being so close up to a dramatic game he says “It was one of those moments when Brian felt as if baseball was close enough for him to reach out and touch. Like his hands were around the handle of a
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I went and read several other reviews on this story and the majority said that they loved this book. And another can be also added to that list, myself. I absolutely fell in love with this book. After getting a couple of chapters in, the story really started to pull me in. I would look at the clock and realize that I had been reading for over an hour when it felt like I had been reading for twenty minutes.
The Natural The novel The Natural by Bernard Malamud takes place in two major places Chicago and New York. These places are where Roy Hobbs tries his part in the world of baseball. This is made difficult through the struggle of love, hard decisions, and betrayal with the characters Bump, Memo, Harriet, Iris, Gus, and the Judge. In my opinion, The Natural was a great book that had characters and struggles that made it feel relatable.
In Chapter 11 of Bonvillain’s book she talks about how Spanish is the most non-English language spoken in the U.S as well as the difficulties these people encounter in learning English (p.298-300). At El Centro I noticed a pattern in both classes I helped with; where the women were always more shy and learned at a much lower pace than the men. We can refer this back to Bonvillain’s claim, “Women are more likely than men to retain Spanish because of their relatively narrower social networks”(p.300). It was evident that they weren’t exposed as much as the men to American society. Although both men and women had an accent, the women’s were always stronger and they had a harder time pronouncing the vowel sounds correctly.
He is very blunt in his writing, getting straight to the point, but still giving as much needed specific detail. With this method, the reader is able to see how the characters mature as the story progresses, giving detail to their thoughts and actions without dragging things on for too
In the book “The House of The Scorpion” by Nancy Farmer the author uses descriptive language and figurative language to create a mental picture, and helps to grab our attention. The description of a book should clearly detail the author's skill level. Nancy Farmer, the author of “The House of the Scorpion” does it so well. One example is when she uses descriptive language to describe the
In the essay “Action Hero” by Rulon Openshaw, a man gets shot by a thief who’s carrying a gun. The man portrayed as a hero by his friends did not do anything heroic. The only reason the man was portrayed as a hero is because of “fracture” he received on his leg by getting shot by the mugger. The man’s “popularity soared” and he is getting portrayed as a hero. Being selfish the man did not try to change his friend's point of view.
The book Batboy by Mike Lupica is a very inspirational book. Is playing baseball something you just quit or can you improvise and drive to learn. Can you help a bestie out? Darryl the main character has been playing baseball for years and had to be a leader and help one of his teammates out, so he has to drive him to become the better player. Hutch played shortstop but Darryl 's best friend was the shortstop until Hutch came and he was upset he had to play centerfield and came the better player.
Throughout the entire novel, the author’s use of literary devices is very clear. These literary devices, specifically similes and personification, help the reader get a better idea of the exact sounds and feelings which will allow them to know what it feels like to be there in that moment. “ I stood there, trying to think of a comeback, when suddenly, I heard a whooshing sound, like the sound you get when you open a vacuum-sealed can of peanuts. Then the brown water that had puddled up all over the field began to move. It began to run toward the back portables, like someone pulled the plug out of a giant bathtub.
The character seems to be in a pivotally low point in his life. Making him interesting and spontaneous. The story is set up in a great fashion. The facts and full details are not divulged all at once. The events unfold properly enough for the story to develop and hook the reader.
“You ask yourself the question: does the public need to know this? Sometimes the answer is yes. Sometimes the answer is no.” This quote is in the novel Change Up: Mystery at the World Series, written by author John Feinstein. The genre of the novel is realistic fiction, because a reporter could attend a World series featuring the Boston Red Sox and the Washington Nationals.
One reason why i like this book is because when he got injured he kept trying to succeed. I like that he kept trying to push himself when he got hurt because he always followed his dream and made it. The 12 year old name was Michael Arroyo and since he was young he loved baseball. Michael had a pitching arm so nice that it threw heat. Michael was from Cuba and its sad that he only has his 17 year old brother to take care of him.
First of all, he talked about everyone's feelings. When someone was mad he talk about how they were mad and what they were doing to show that they were mad. Secondly, he told the reader where the characters were and what they were doing. For an example, if Biddy Owens was up to bat he would describe what he was doing while he was standing there waiting for the pitch. Lastly, he did an excellent job of telling the