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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (234 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kurtis Scaletta Narrator: Randy Anderson Publisher: Kurtis Scaletta c/o ICM Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN:
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Welcome to Moundville, where it's been raining for longer than Roy McGuire has been alive. Most people say the town is cursed - right in the middle of their big baseball game against rival town Sinister Bend, black clouds crept across the sky and it started to rain. That was 22 years ago... and it's still pouring.

Baseball camp is over, and Roy knows he's in for a dreary, soggy summer. But when he returns home, he finds a foster kid named Sturgis sprawled out on his couch. As if this isn't weird enough, just a few days after Sturgis's arrival, the sun comes out. No one can explain why the rain has finally stopped, but as far as Roy's concerned, it's time to play some baseball. It's time to get a Moundville team together and finish what was started 22 years ago. It's time for a rematch.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 H | 2/2/2014

    " I thought I'd read every baseball book that was out there for young readers until I found this little gem on my shelves. The story is set in Moundville, where it has rained continuously for 22 years - ever since the day when it looked like the Moundville team just might beat the Sinister Bend team for the first time ever in 100 years of play. Narrator Roy's father was the hero for Moundville in that long ago game, and has since built a business creating elaborate rain protection systems. Roy and his dad live together pretty happily while Roy's mom jets around the world as a flight attendant - not divorced but not around. But then one day Roy returns home from baseball camp to find foster child Sturgis in his home. Being essentially a good kid, Roy welcomes Sturgis and soon finds the foster boy is a gifted pitcher. Things get particularly interesting when the rain one day just stops. Before you know it, the old rivalry is on again, and things get dicey when Sturgis leaves the Moundville team to play for archrivals Sinister Bend. A lovely little baseball fantasy this, akin to Field of Dreams, made appealing through the main character and narrator Roy, who is a peach of a boy - a truly and thoroughly believable (in a fantasy!) great kid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 T-stah | 1/31/2014

    " The best book ever!!!!!You must read this!!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan Fisher | 1/23/2014

    " This is a great premise for a baseball lovers story, but the ending was predictable and not creative. Read it because it's on the MCBA list for this year. Definitely not an award-winning book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 1/21/2014

    " I am not a sports person so a book about baseball has to be pretty good to hold my attention. Mudville turned out to be more than just a book about baseball. Sure baseball was featured throughout the book, but the main story was really about the relationships between the characters...and between the towns of Moundville and Sinister Bend. We really get a good look at the characters of Roy and Sturgis and Roy's dad in this book and how they interact with each other. They all have their faults and their good points, but in the end they are family and they come together as family. I thought their journey through the book was very real to life. Sturgis is the troubled kid who wants to fit in but fights back and resists his new family. Roy has always know a loving father, even if he has had an absent mother. He is fairly secure in who he is and that has shaped him and his interactions just as Sturgis's background has shaped him. Roy's father is a decent man just trying to make the best of every situation. Sure he doesn't always do the greatest job but you know he is trying. And then you have the towns and the rivalry and the curse and the GAME. It all makes for a fun book that the kids really enjoyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley Schwartau | 1/8/2014

    " This is a great example of how a setting dictates a story and its characters. At times though I felt the story dragging - maybe because I'm not a boy and I don't like baseball - but for the most part there was enough of a mystery and action to keep me going through. The last 50 pages or so really had me - the last baseball game is described perfectly. But I didn't really CARE about the characters. :-/ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 12/29/2013

    " My job has changed at the library and I spend most my hours in the childrens wing. I'm playing catch up and reading some junior fiction and updating my picture book list. This is a clever romp in the mud and young people who love sports will love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 11/30/2013

    " Baseball and mud and conflict. Need I say more? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bartley Nicholes | 11/25/2013

    " It was difficult to read not that it was hard, just sluggish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 11/21/2013

    " Holes + Mike Lupica books = a sports themed tall tale that sports nuts will love! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 11/2/2013

    " This one grew on me. At first it lived in the shadow of Out of Patience (odd curse, quirky dad, something weird about the weather, baseball) and of Mike Lupica's sports writing. But gradually I started to care--about the characters and about the games they were playing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy Connolly | 10/30/2013

    " I would use this book for those students who were struggling and loved sports. This book shows the passion for the game of baseball and even though it is raining, the game goes on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin Langlois | 10/19/2013

    " I really enjoyed this story. It's a perfect book for middle school kids or anyone who loves baseball. There are a few twists and turns, but if you're paying attention they're not too hard to figure out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 9/15/2013

    " I like this book, and it's one of my favorites for our students in the contest books this year. I like the voice and perspective of the narrator, and the twists in his life. Even the ending made me smile. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gregory Roth | 6/13/2013

    " I read this book last Summer and will be reading again this Summer. It's a fun read and one needn't be a baseball fan to enjoy it. Kurtis is passionate about the game and it shows in his writing of this story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sydney | 4/26/2013

    " Great characters, lots of baseball action, but still appealing to non-sports fans. Beautifully written. Readers of all ages will love this book--especially fans of John H. Ritter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tmschade | 10/26/2012

    " Never thought I'd see someone so passionate about baseball "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 RPBYS | 10/25/2012

    " Good for sports readers who have outgrown Matt Christopher. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody Sparks | 8/30/2012

    " Mudville is such an endearing book. I loved Roy. He's just the kind of character I want my kids to be friends with. His journey to his defining moment was beautifully written. I held the book to my chest with a satisfying sigh when I was done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 7/5/2012

    " For the young reader who wants to read a sports novel with a little more story and a little less sports. This novel is an interesting tale of curses, family issues, and baseball. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 5/1/2012

    " Great read! I look forward to reviewing this one on the blog! "

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