One-Handed Catch

One-Handed Catch

by MJ Auch

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Not even losing his hand can keep Norm from trying out for the baseball team

What would life be like with only one hand? That's exactly what eleven-year-old Norm finds out when he loses his left hand in an accident at his family's store. It's July 4, 1946. World War II has ended, and life is getting back to normal. But for Norm, the pressing question now is whether he will ever be able to play baseball again, or be an artist. It's up to Norm to find the strength to get beyond this roadblock and move on with his life.

Set against the quickening pace of life after wartime constraints, this inspiring novel is about an optimist who overcomes his misfortune with discipline and humor—and fulfills his dreams in ways no one could have expected.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805079005
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 09/19/2006
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.82(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.87(d)
Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

M.J. Auch is the award-winning author of Guitar Boy, Wing Nut and numerous other books for young readers. Books were a part of M.J.’s life from an early age; her mother was a second grade teacher who always made sure there were plenty of books in the house. M.J. now lives on a small farm in upstate NY with her husband and co-illustrator, Herm, and their two dogs, Sophie and Zeke.

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One-Handed Catch 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My seventh Bluebonnet and my seventh book of realistic fiction, with sad, sad characters living sad, sad lives. I thought Bluebonnets were supposed to be a nice cross-section of genres¿.One-Handed Catch is my favorite Bluebonnet, nevertheless. Norm wants to be either an artist or a baseball player, but his hopes are dashed when he cuts off his hand in a meat-grinder accident. Norm¿s mother doesn¿t let his handicap serve as a crutch, however, and Norm learns to do everything he once did easily with two hands using his one hand. Norm struggled not only with relearning tasks, but he also had to deal with people¿s stares and rude comments. I liked Norm¿s gumption. A good story.
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this sweet story about determination in the face of adversity. I came to care about Norm and admire him as he moved through the year in his life after an accident that resulted in his hand being amputated. His mom and dad handled the accident really differently, with his mom refusing to give him any special treatment and asking others do the same. An afterward by the author shares that this story was inspired by her husband losing his hand in a similar manner when he was young.
agrudzien on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Norm has dreamed of becoming a great baseball player since he could throw a ball. An accident with his dad's meat grinder quickly makes that dream much more difficult to achieve - but not impossible. Told in a way that only an 11-year-old boy could, humor is abundant. His father guiltily indulges him, but his mother refuses to let anything change. Because of them, Norm is pushed into believing that he really could continue to live his life and plan his dreams in the same way he did before - it will just take a little creativity and a great attitude.
Zeyawill224 More than 1 year ago
The book One-Handed Catch is about a kid named Norm Schmidt. World War 2 is over and him and his friend Leon wanted to go set off the fireworks. They couldn't set up the fireworks during the war because of all the blackouts. Norm is eleven years old and he really wanted to set off those fire works. One day Norm works in his fathers meat market. While grinding some meat Norm loses attention of his hand and his hand gets caught in the meat grinder. Norms' life was never going to be the same. Regardless if he had one hand or not he was going to still learn how to play baseball again. Neither Leon or his family though he would be able to do this. This books shows the pros and cons of living with one hand. I gave this book a 5 because now it's one of my favorite books next to Soul Surfer. This book is great for people that want to understand life with one hand or for people that need to learn to not ever give up. This book is 248 pages so it will take you about 1-3 days to complete. You should pick up this book at your local library now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One-Handed Catch by MJ Auch is a very fascinating story about a boy named Norman. Norman is an eleven year old boy after world war two. At Norman¿s family store he cuts his hand of so he will have to go on with life with only one hand. He has to go on with life like, he want to be an artist but he is upset that he could not be one because he has one hand. Then he wanted to be a professional baseball pitcher for the giants. When it came to baseball try outs he made the team and every game he nearly pitches a perfect game. So I would really recommend this book.
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The book I'm reviewing is One-Handed Catch by MJ Auch. The book is really good. I liked it, so I hope other people like it. The book is about a kid that loses his hand in a meat grinder. But he still tries out for baseball and he works hard to make the team. He has a best friend his name is Leon and they always do stuff together. They practice together and help each other to make the team. I can relate to Norm because he likes to play baseball like me. I like to pitch like him too. He never gives up too like me. He gets mad at his friends and does not talk to them some times to. I like this book a lot because Norm works hard at stuff. He loves the game of baseball too. I like books that don't give up. So if you like books that people don't give up, this is the one. I would recommend this book to a person that likes sports or people that don't give up. It tells a lot about sports. I think this book is good so you should read this book
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books_adventure14 More than 1 year ago
This book is about a boy who loses his hand and loves the game of baseball. He doesn't believe he can still play nor does his friend Leon. The boy practices though. He starts believing he can do it when he starts making baseball training things. The boy learns that even with one hand, anything is still possible.