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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (565 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: M. J. Auch Narrator: Ryan Sparkes Publisher: Full Cast Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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When he loses his left hand in an accident, Norm finds that the world becomes a complicated place. But he refuses to give up the things he loves - after all, who says you need two hands to play sports or a musical instrument? Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Chekal | 2/15/2014

    " This was delightful book. It takes place just after world war two. It falls under historical fiction, sports fiction as well as being about a kid over coming obstacles. There is a nice humor and just an all around good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theo | 2/11/2014

    " this was pretty good. it shows how great a recovery can be. like the young man and the sea it shows perseverance. the kid is kinda immature though.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 stillme | 2/8/2014

    " My first thought was: Baseball - not interested. Then I looked at the inside flap. Second thought was: Kid loses hand in an accident - even less interested. Then I read it because I try to read all the TBA books...and it was good! A great read for boys, sports fans, historical fiction fans and anyone who just likes a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara the Librarian | 2/8/2014

    " Baseball. WWII. Rationing. Coping with losing hand-- new challenges, people making fun/feeling awkward. Parents dealing with lost hand differently. Being sporty and arty. Funny, serious, moving. Lesson about how dealing with challenge can make you more successful/harder worker, etc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 1/30/2014

    " Right away, Norm loses his hand in a meat grinding accident, and while this event seems too set-up, readers latter learn in the afterward that the book is based off the author's husband, who really did lose this hand in a meat grinding accident. The book follows Norm through the first year of his adjustment to having one hand, and he does quite well. His mother will not give him special treatment, nor will she let anyone else treat him differently, while his father feels guilty about the accident and barely speaks to Norm. Through it all, Norm learns how to play baseball again, continue in scouting and generally deal with his new situation. This is a heartwarming book that is a little slow to start. Also, this works for historical fiction assignments. This will not be the Caudill winner, but this is a good book to sneak into the list to make sure that readers just some substance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pizza Boy | 1/27/2014

    " a awesome book! the plot is very good. there are soooo many twists and turns through out the story. the author keeps you on your toes the whole time. he makes the book so real. it feels like you are really there. the charcters are almost real people. the author really did a great job. an A- book over all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Jo | 1/24/2014

    " Read this book with my 9yr olds son and we both LOVED it!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pattyb | 1/18/2014

    " This was a full-cast audio production, and was extremely well done. Great message in the story, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Llamalover | 1/4/2014

    " This was an eye opening book. I did not realize all the things that we did with two hands. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steph | 12/23/2013

    " LOVE the characters. A few years ago, I had a boy in my class with only one hand and he was as determined and brave as Norm. Absolutely loved the characters - would be a great read aloud. =) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Ford | 11/14/2013

    " This is on the bluebonnet list this year--and if I were a kid--it would get my vote. I only have 2 more bluebonnets to read and I've read some good ones--but this one had me laughing, crying, laughing so much I was crying, and laughing. Norm's friend Leon is priceless! This is a great CAtch! Ha Ha! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cole Gritton | 10/25/2013

    " If something goes wrong you can still go on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 6/22/2013

    " Based on a true story of a courageous boy and his mother who never give up trying to make a normal life after a devastating accident. Full cast audio is very entertaining. Interview with author and her husband, the inspiration for the story, is a big plus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Baranie | 4/19/2013

    " I read this book to my kids. It is set in the 1950's and is about a 11 year old who loses a hand. Great juvenile fiction book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hollie Radomski | 2/6/2013

    " Good book for kids who are mature enough to feel the loss the boy endured and appreciate his determination. 4-5th graders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toby | 12/22/2012

    " For CPS EBOB - and it grew on me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cameron | 6/19/2012

    " I thought that the book was dramatic and interesting. There were some setbacks, but overall, the book was exciting! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brita | 5/20/2012

    " This is a book written for youth, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think it very accurately portrayed how children deal with challenges. It was a good book that we listen to on CD(very well done) as a family in the car and loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina | 9/15/2011

    " I am reading this book and it is so far so good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 9/11/2011

    " Good middle grade sports book; historical but still think would appeal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 7/18/2011

    " I liked it more than I thought I would. The focus was less on baseball and more on Norm's adjustment to losing his hand - that gives the story wider appeal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pinelakelady | 5/14/2011

    " Read this for our mother-daughter book club. A very realistic look at a school-aged boy who loses his hand in an accident. Humor is used well in the book. This will generate some good discussion in our club. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 4/3/2011

    " Ages 8+

    I wouldn't have picked it up if it weren't on this year's Caudill list, but was surprised by a sweet nostalgic story of a boy who loses his hand in an accident in the 1940's and how he teaches himself to play baseball. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 2/13/2011

    " This book was Fantastic. Great plot. Great Characters. Great ending! READ!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 9/23/2010

    " I would not like having my hand cut off, then have to learn to live 1 handed. So I admire Norm and his abilities. Especially since this takes place in the 1900s and thy don't have todays technology and such. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aidan | 9/2/2010

    " I loved reading this book. It's hard to live with only one hand, but if you work hard enough, you can do anything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 8/25/2010

    " This book is about a kid who loves baseball and on the the fourth of july all he wants to do is play baseball. His dad makes him work at his work shop and he is feeding meat into a mechiene and gets his arm cut off. he has to live the rest of his life with one arm "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 8/24/2010

    " We listened to this during our cross-state drive and the boys all REALLY enjoyed the story. Cute book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindy | 5/7/2010

    " I loved this book! It's about this tween boy who dreans of becoming a MLB player. A terrible accident happens. will he ever be able to make it to the big time? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne | 11/3/2009

    " OK my sister was right. I really did like this book, even though it was about an 11 year old boy. I will get it for the library. The peer tutor kids that have to read about people with disabilities would really enjoy it. "

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