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The Resource The contract, Derek Jeter ; with Paul Mantell

The contract, Derek Jeter ; with Paul Mantell

Label
The contract
Title
The contract
Statement of responsibility
Derek Jeter ; with Paul Mantell
Creator
Contributor
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In Kalamazoo, Michigan, eight-year-old Derek Jeter, who dreams of playing for the New York Yankees, learns what it takes to be a champion on and off the field
Member of
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Review
  • Grades 4-7 In the debut novel from Jeter’s post-retirement venture, the Jeter Publishing middle-grade series, third-grader Derek dreams of a career playing shortstop for the New York Yankees. His parents even have him sign a contract—the first of many—stipulating expectations for his schoolwork, good sportsmanship, self-respect, and so on, with rewards if he succeeds. No multimillion-dollar contracts just yet! He will have to settle for dinner at his favorite restaurant. But when his grades start to suffer and he ends up stuck at second base on a losing Little League team, Derek begins to doubt if his dream will ever become a reality. At times, Derek’s rosy homelife and relentless positivity can be a little grating, especially considering the autobiographical nature of the book. Still, the ball game scenes are particularly well done. Jeter is adept at adding nuance to team dynamics; for example, the coach’s son continually receives undeserved accolades. With an automatic audience for this book, libraries would be hard-pressed not to have a copy on the shelf. -- Barnes, Jennifer (Reviewed 09-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 111, number 1, p107)
  • Eight-year-old Derek Jeter has a lofty dream: to play shortstop for the New York Yankees. While his friends and even his teacher belittle his goal, Derek’s parents’ mantra is “you can do anything you want in life, if you work hard enough and stick with it.” They put together a contract for Derek—its rules include “Respect Others,” “Respect Yourself,” and “Work Hard”—which is predictably tested when Derek is assigned to a Little League coach who favors his own son to the detriment of the team. There’s a noble message in this series opener and first title from star shortstop Jeter’s publishing imprint, but it’s delivered too cleanly. Derek is a picture-perfect kid (with picture-perfect parents), a third grader who constantly takes the moral high road and reasons things like, “He knew his dad was only trying to teach him a valuable lesson.” Knowing the (real-life) outcome of Jeter’s story helps offset the book’s lesson-in-disguise qualities, but it may be hard for readers to find common ground with a character who always makes the right decisions. Ages 8–12. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed August 4, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 31, p)
  • For his eponymous imprint, the New York Yankees star leads off with a self-referential tale of Little League triumphs. In the first of a projected 10 episodes based on the same number of "Life Lessons" espoused by the lead author's Turn 2 Foundation, third-grader Derek turns in an essay announcing that his dream is to play shortstop for the New York Yankees (No. 1 on the Turn 2 list: "Set your goals high"). His parents take him seriously enough not only to present him with a "contract" that promises rewards for behaviors like working hard and avoiding alcohol and drugs, but also to put a flea in the ear of his teacher after she gives him a B-minus on the essay for being unrealistic. Derek then goes on to pull up his math grade. He also proceeds to pull off brilliant plays for his new Little League team despite finding himself stuck at second base while the coach's son makes multiple bad decisions at shortstop and, worse, publicly puts down other team members. Jeter serves as his own best example of the chosen theme's theoretical validity, but as he never acknowledges that making the majors (in any sport) requires uncommon physical talent as well as ambition and determination, this values-driven pitch is well out of the strike zone. Plenty of baseball action, but the paint-by-numbers plot is just a vehicle for equally standard-issue advice. (foundation ad and curriculum guide, not seen). (Fiction. 7-9)(Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10359711
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1974-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Jeter, Derek
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
008-012
LC call number
PZ7.J55319
LC item number
Co 2014
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 7
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Mantell, Paul
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
The contract (Derek Jeter)
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Jeter, Derek
  • Goal (Psychology)
  • Teamwork (Sports)
  • Jeter, Derek
  • Baseball
  • Goal (Psychology)
  • Teamwork (Sports)
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The contract, Derek Jeter ; with Paul Mantell
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A dream is born -- All in the family -- The contract -- Practice makes perfect -- The testing ground -- Game on! -- Stiff competition -- Play ball! -- The mighty Yankees -- Parents and teachers -- Driven -- Wins and losses -- Checkmate -- Winners -- Field of dreams
Control code
ocn871200236
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
151 pages
Isbn
9781481423120
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014004045
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)871200236
Label
The contract, Derek Jeter ; with Paul Mantell
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A dream is born -- All in the family -- The contract -- Practice makes perfect -- The testing ground -- Game on! -- Stiff competition -- Play ball! -- The mighty Yankees -- Parents and teachers -- Driven -- Wins and losses -- Checkmate -- Winners -- Field of dreams
Control code
ocn871200236
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
151 pages
Isbn
9781481423120
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014004045
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)871200236

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