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Synopsis: There's only one thing in the world Mickey Vernon really wants, and it's hanging in the window of his family's pool hall. It's an awesome shirt that says Vernon's Pool Hall Youth Tournament Champion, Cruckston New Jersey, and the winner of the tento thirteen-year-olds' nine-ball tournament will have the honor of wearing it. For a ten-year-old, Mickey is one fantastic pool player. But to win the shirt, he's going to have to beat Buck Pender. Buck is three years older, is probably part gorilla, and has been pushing Mickey and his friends around since forever. Even with coaching from Arlen Pepper, math brain and loyal best friend, Mickey figures he's doomed.
But then a bearded stranger in a cowboy hat rolls into town in a Peterbilt truck -- the ultimate. Joseph Alvarez is an ace with a pool cue. Even more important, he knew Mickey's pool champion father, who died when Mickey was a baby. But he's also a man with a past -- and Mickey's mother doesn't want Joseph spending time with her son. Mickey has absolutely got to talk his mother into letting this man teach him his dad's pool secrets.
Amazing triple bank shots, fifth-grade heroics, and desperate measures to deal with unreasonable mothers add up to a hilarious novel about pool, parents, and trying to be the best.
Review: Breaking, bank shots, slices, and safeties—-fifth grader Mickey Vernon can shoot pool better than some guys twice his age. His philosophy is simple: "I think a lot of the world's problems could be solved by a couple of guys shooting a few racks down at the local hall." But sometimes that's hard to remember when he's facing down seventh-grade bully Buck Pender. Buck is determined to beat Mickey in the annual youth tournament down at Vernon's, the pool hall owned and operated by Mickey's grandma Poppy. And he just might do it, too. Except Mickey's got a secret weapon. Joseph Alvarez, a big rig trucker and family friend, has returned to town, and he was coached by the best pool player on the nine-ball professional circuit--Mickey's dad, who died shortly after Mickey was born. So with the help of Joseph and his two best friends, 10-year-old math genius Arlen and magician extraordinaire Francine, Mickey just might have a shot at the championship. Then Buck baits him into playing a game in which Mickey badly sprains his stick hand, just three short weeks before the tournament. Has Mickey just scratched the cue ball of his dreams?
Fun, folksy, and big-hearted, Joan Bauer's first novel for middle-grade readers is sweeter than a 90-degree bank shot off the rail and into the corner pocket. Mickey's unselfconscious and humorous narration ranks with that of Archie in How I Became a Writer and Oggie Learned to Drive by Janet Taylor Lisle or Peter in Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume. (Ages 9 to 12) --Jennifer Hubert
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Book Description Delacorte Pr, 1996. Book Condition: Fair. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In fair condition, suitable as a study copy. Bookseller Inventory # 5436145
Book Description Random House Children's Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Book shows a small amount of wear - very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # G0385321651I4N00
Book Description Random House Children's Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Book has a small amount of wear visible on the binding, cover, pages. Bookseller Inventory # G0385321651I3N00
Book Description Random House Children's Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Book shows a small amount of wear to cover and binding. Some pages show signs of use. Bookseller Inventory # G0385321651I3N10
Book Description Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Very Good. Withdrawn library item in very good condition. Shows minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # BK0082354
Book Description Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Ex library book - Has the usual strikeovers, marks and shelf wear 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # IB-5FXN-T9ZD
Book Description Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. With the help of his grandmother, his dead father's best friend, and his own best friend, a math genius, ten-year-old Mickey prepares to compete in the most important pool championship of his life, despite his mother's reservations. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 123459576
Book Description Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 0385321651 Very Good - Light wear - Former library copy (Library stamps and stickers throughout) - Bumping to corners - Great reading copy! (Shelf 137, Row 3) HT. Bookseller Inventory # SKU1075959
Book Description Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0385321651
Book Description Book Condition: Very Good. Book Condition: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 97803853216553.0