Plunked

To paraphrase that gem of baseball cinema, The Sandlot:  For Jack Mogens, baseball is life…and he’s good at it. This sixth-grader is looking to start in left field this year. He just needs to convince the coaches that he’s the man for the job. Jack’s got to be an outstanding outfielder and a top-notch hitter to claim the spot. Somehow, everything works out, but things won’t stay great for long.

In the first game of the year, Jack is plunked by an inside pitch (his worst enemy). His cage gets rattled…as do his nerves. Now, at every at-bat, all Jack can think about is getting hit by another pitch. Fear is taking over his waking–and sleeping–hours, and Jack doesn’t know how he can possibly get over this and get his head back in the game.

It’s not exactly easy to get over being hit in the head by a pitch, especially when one of your own teammates seems bent on making it happen again. Jack just can’t let go of what happened to him, and it’s starting to cause problems with more than just baseball. He’s having nightmares. His relationships with his parents and friends are also suffering. Jack is lying to cover up just how badly this incident is making him feel, and he knows that his lies will eventually catch up to him.

Can he turn things around before he gives up the game he loves entirely? Or will being plunked kill his baseball dreams for good? Read Plunked by Michael Northrop to learn what one kid will have to do to get back in the game.

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