Saving Armpit by Natalie HydeSaving Armpit by Natalie Hyde

Saving Armpit

byNatalie Hyde

Paperback | March 21, 2011

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When vandals deface the Harmony Point sign, the town does indeed seem to become the "arm pit" of the region. The baseball team hasn't won a game in two seasons and the town itself is falling into disrepair. But when the new postmaster becomes the ball coach, Clay and the rest of the Terriers finally seem to stand a chance of winning a game. Until they overhear a bureaucrat from the city say that the post office will close unless the "numbers" work out. The team begins "Operation Tennis Elbow" - a letter writing campaign designed to generate enough mail to keep the post office - and its postmaster - in town (and coaching their baseball team). And along the way, they learn the power of the pen in effecting positive changes in their community.

Natalie Hyde is the author of more than a dozen works of nonfiction. She has contributed titles to a variety of educational series including Live It: Fairness and Live It: Courage. This is her first novel. Natalie lives in Cambridge, Ontario.Natalie Hyde is the author of more than a dozen works of nonfiction. She has contributed titles...
Title:Saving ArmpitFormat:PaperbackDimensions:136 pages, 7.5 × 5 × 0.4 inPublished:March 21, 2011Publisher:Fitzhenry & WhitesideLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:155455151X

ISBN - 13:9781554551514


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Go Terriers! The Harmony Point Terriers are having a rough season. They’ve lost their first 3 games, their old coach and - thanks to vandals changing the town sign to read Arm Pit - they’ve even lost their name. It’s understandable that, when they suspect the Harmony Point post office is about to be closed, they get nervous: their new coach is the post man and they are not going to lose him as well! Saving Arm Pit is a new twist on the classic story of team spirit and determination. The Terriers’ dream of becoming a winning team is an underlying current in the story but what occupies the kids’ minds between practices is their desire to exercise control over things that impact them and to find a way to stand up for what they value. When the kids launch a campaign to flood the post office with letters, they learn what like-minded people can achieve by working as a team, but also what individuals can accomplish by actively using their voices. Their letters are responsible for getting the town’s roads resurfaced, for acquiring new baseball jerseys and, finally, for spurring the replacement of the Harmony Point sign. Clay, Stewy, Scott, Sophie, Tim & Tom are well-developed and relatable kids, refreshingly individualized by their respective strengths and not as “the snob” or “the bully” or “the dimwit.” You can always count on Stewy to tell you the truth; Scott is the one to turn to if you’re looking for facts and figures and Sophie brings her terrific speed and determination to every game. Although the baseball information is easily accessible, this book never talks down to the reader. Even “unsporty” kids – like mine – will devour the plot and learn a little more about baseball as they read. The ending, too, is satisfying and affirmative while realistic – and tinged with just enough irony to make readers smile all the more.
Date published: 2011-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good book! I know nothing of baseball yet I still found this novel a very good read. Loved the humour and the twist at the end. Way to go, Gnat!
Date published: 2011-06-13

Read from the Book

"How much could a postman know about baseball?" I said, not wanting to
get my hopes up. I had already resigned myself to the thought of
another year of losing. "He can't be much worse than our last coach,"
Scott said. "I mean, Coach Meyers kept telling me to hit the ball with
my 'club.' How bad can this guy be?" I had to agree. Still, would be be
good enough to help us win a game?

Editorial Reviews

Praise for author Natalie Hyde (Desert Extremes)

"...a worthwhile and popular addition to a collection for budding scientists and explorers."

 - Booklist