Hear it
By Joan Bauer
Publisher Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Theres only one thing in the world Mickey Vernon really wants, and its hanging in the window of his familys pool hall. Its an awesome shirt that says Vernons Pool Hall Youth Tournament Champion, Cruckston New Jersey, and the winner of the tento thirteenyearolds nineball tournament will have the honor of wearing it. For a tenyearold, Mickey is one fantastic pool player. But to win the shirt, hes 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 hes 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 Mickeys pool champion father, who died when Mickey was a baby. But hes also a man with a past and Mickeys mother doesnt want Joseph spending time with her son. Mickey has absolutely got to talk his mother into letting this man teach him his dads pool secrets.Amazing triple bank shots, fifthgrade heroics, and desperate measures to deal with unreasonable mothers add up to a hilarious novel about pool, parents, and trying to be the best.

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37084 words37,084 words
192 pages192 pages
Lexile 750LLexile 750L
Grade 5 to 9Grade 5 to 9
Age 10-14Age 10-14
Published 1996Published 1996

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