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One-Handed Catch
by M. J. Auch
2008 Kids' Wings Award
2008 Junior Library Guild Selection
2008 Texas Bluebonnet ListSM

"It's not what happens to's what you do about it that makes the difference."
Walter Mitchell (television host, author, business leader and speaker)

I was just a regular kid like you. My dream was to play baseball. I hoped to get a three-speed bicycle. On the Fourth of July, I planned to go shoot fireworks with my best friend, Leon. What happened instead transformed my hopes and dreams in an instant. My dad hollered at me to come lend him a hand in our butcher shop as I had often done. There, in a horrible accident, my left hand got stuck in the meat grinder.

Leon sneaked into the hospital to see me. He was the first one of us to look at was bandaged, but he measured it against my other arm and told me how much of my arm was left. My left hand was gone.

I knew I would never play baseball again. Even little things, like tying my shoes or sharpening my pencil, would become huge obstacles for me. I thought that at least it would get me out of taking out the trash and surely I wouldn't have to do homework because people would feel sorry for me.

I got creeped out when Dr. Zeigler called my arm a "stump." When he started talking to me about a one-armed baseball player who played in the major leagues, I wondered if I really might be able to play baseball again. Dr. Zeigler said, "The ones who succeed don't give themselves the option of failing. Whatever they attempt, they tell themselves they're going to be able to do. And they keep trying until they figure it out."

My mom set right to work to be sure no one would feel sorry for me! I was going to have to learn to do everything by myself with only one hand. Could I do it? How?

One-Handed Catch is the story of perseverence, friendship, determination and tough love. Set in 1946, you will see how the war that had transformed life in the United States was transforming those who followed. You will also see how friends and family became the transformers who enabled a terrible accident to be the beginning of a creative new world.

M. J. Auch masterfully crafts the story with a mix of humor, tension, empathy, and excitement that will appeal to readers of all ages, readers who will be transformed by its powerful message.

Research Links for
One-Handed Catch

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Pete Gray

Pete Gray's Statistics

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Taboo Baseball
Baseball Reference
Legends of the Game

How Can Someone Control a Machine with Her Thoughts?
Prosthetic Arm
Dean Kamen Lends a Hand or Two

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Better Robot Muscles Video

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One-Handed Catch by M. J. Auch

A 19-page unit along with an interactive Jeopardy-like Game for One-Handed Catch by M. J. Auch is a part of a collection of 24 units in Transformers.

The Unit Contains:
Discussion Cards
Crossword Puzzle
Character Changes/Transformations
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities
Map Activity
Readers Theater Script
and MORE!

Plus an Interactive Jeopardy-type game:



One-Handed Catch is one of the literature guides in the Kids Wings Transformers collection. Transformers contains more than 24 literature guides in the spiral-bound book with CD, recorded songs, and site license for one school, you'll find over 6 recorded songs, and 9 Jeopardy-type games. That's only about $ 1.04 per unit! You'll love the books and will never get a better bargain on these professional literature guides written by a master teacher. Available only while our supply lasts.


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