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!DOWNLOAD EPUB ♾ Saving Armpit ♞ 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 new 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 along the way, they learn the power of the pen in effecting positive changes in their community This one was so clever and funny The peewee baseball team at Harmony Point currently known as Arm Pit after an April Fools Day prank has never won a game when the new postman Mr Black volunteers to take over as coachNah, we lose to everyone We stink, said Tim Not everyone, Tom argued I think we beat the purple team once Only six of their players showed up that day, Tim reminded him They had to use one kid s kindergarten brother, and we lent them Dale and Sanjay So basica This one was so clever and funny The peewee baseball team at Harmony Point currently known as Arm Pit after an April Fools Day prank has never won a game when the new postman Mr Black volunteers to take over as coachNah, we lose to everyone We stink, said Tim Not everyone, Tom argued I think we beat the purple team once Only six of their players showed up that day, Tim reminded him They had to use one kid s kindergarten brother, and we lent them Dale and Sanjay So basically, we beat a six year old and a couple of our own players Mr Black asked Well, maybe we only tied, admitted Tom Great See you guys Saturday With Coach Black, though, the Terriers actually begins to be able to make plays And be taken seriously by the other teams So when the team learns that Mr Black s job may be in danger, they take on a project to make sure that the Canada Post office in Harmony Point won t be closed After all, they ve already lost a bunch of things including the mayor, police, and fire department to the nearby city So they start a letter writing campaign to make sure the post office will have LOTS of incoming mail and won t have to close They write to government officials, request fudge recipes, and look for team sponsors Each chapter is followed by a letter or an email or an announcement in a few cases and some of the incoming letters are absolutely hilarious.It is a great story, and would be so fun to share Way to 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 bec 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 littleabout 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 Clay and the rest of the Harmony Point Terriers baseball team are used to losing Their coaches have never known anything about baseball, they have mismatched hand me down uniforms, they lose every game Their situation seems appropriate for their small town, which has also lost its fire and police departments and even the local government all now amalgamated into the city of Holmesville No one has even bothered to fix the town sign where April Fool s pranksters painted out most of the letter Clay and the rest of the Harmony Point Terriers baseball team are used to losing Their coaches have never known anything about baseball, they have mismatched hand me down uniforms, they lose every game Their situation seems appropriate for their small town, which has also lost its fire and police departments and even the local government all now amalgamated into the city of Holmesville No one has even bothered to fix the town sign where April Fool s pranksters painted out most of the letters so that HARMONY POINT became ARM PIT It seems miraculous to the Terriers when the new postmaster turns out to be a knowledgeable baseball coach with a bag of real equipment However, as the Terriers slowly improve, it looks as if Coach Black s post office may be lost to the city, too Clay and his friends devise a plan to keep the post office busy and open writing to summer camps for brochures, to magazines for fudge recipes and to any government department they can think of to report potholes, sightings of rare birds, unsafe playground equipment andBut it looks as though their efforts may be in vain Author of several non fiction books, Natalie Hyde presents a fun and engaging read for baseball and non baseball fans alike with a convenient glossary at the back of the book for those who need to brush up The thoughtful and observant Clay, base stealing Sophie, statistics crazy Scott and the rest of the Harmony Point community are drawn with humour Hyde writes with real affection for small town life and cleverly punctuates the chapters with newspaper clippings, emails among Canada Post employees and responses to the Terriers letter writing campaign.Reviewed by Gillian O Reilly in Canadian Children s Book News Summer 2011, Vol 34, No 3 When I started reading Saving Armpit by Natalie Hyde I thought it was going to be about a camp But, it turned out to be a book about a community coming together to make a change The difference was that most of the community had no idea that change was taking place I especially liked that it was the kids who banded together to write letters to bring about change Working towards a cause can have consequences you didn t even see Fans of baseball will definitely enjoy this book and the changes When I started reading Saving Armpit by Natalie Hyde I thought it was going to be about a camp But, it turned out to be a book about a community coming together to make a change The difference was that most of the community had no idea that change was taking place I especially liked that it was the kids who banded together to write letters to bring about change Working towards a cause can have consequences you didn t even see Fans of baseball will definitely enjoy this book and the changes that the team goes through For those that don t like baseball if you like to see people working together and making the world a better place, this is a book that you will really get into I liked seeing the surprising things that happened once the kids started writing letters, and I also enjoyed reading the letters sprinkled throughout the book This story will be enjoyed by kids in third grade and up It gave me some ideas of letters I could write to make a difference in my community Maybe I will be able to make some positive changes happen too Harmony Point is a losing town None of their sports teams win, they are being swallowed up by a megacity, and even their town sign has been vandalized it now reads Arm Pit The Terriers are the town little league team and they haven t won a game in years they also don t hit or really score at all But this year they have a new coach, Mr Black the postmaster He actually knows something about baseball and the team actually starts doing better Then they find out that the post office may Harmony Point is a losing town None of their sports teams win, they are being swallowed up by a megacity, and even their town sign has been vandalized it now reads Arm Pit The Terriers are the town little league team and they haven t won a game in years they also don t hit or really score at all But this year they have a new coach, Mr Black the postmaster He actually knows something about baseball and the team actually starts doing better Then they find out that the post office may be closed and mail sent to the city They decide to embark on a scheme to flood the post office with letters so it can t be closed down Their campaign works as the town is inundated with free magazines, recipes and information They are even able to get some things done for the town They get the roads paved, sponsorship and uniforms for the team, an area protected for a rare bird, a new playground and even a new town sign And they have actually won a couple of games too.This is a fun quick read The kids are all well done and typical kids I loved how their efforts to keep their coach actually benefit the whole town It is really remarkable to see kids taking such an interest and to realize what can be accomplished when you just speak up There is a lot of baseball in the book but it is not heavy handed or too technical so even non sports fans can still enjoy this one 3.5 stars, rounded up Super cute, recomended for grades 3 4 I liked the subtle message that kids really can make a difference in their communities maybe not the central theme of the story or the ultimate goal of the characters, but it made this story stand out for me.Set and originally published in Canada This is worth noting because of mentions of Parliament, etc And apparently Canadians can write to government officials without being charged for postage to promote communication between 3.5 stars, rounded up Super cute, recomended for grades 3 4 I liked the subtle message that kids really can make a difference in their communities maybe not the central theme of the story or the ultimate goal of the characters, but it made this story stand out for me.Set and originally published in Canada This is worth noting because of mentions of Parliament, etc And apparently Canadians can write to government officials without being charged for postage to promote communication between citizens and their representatives How cool is that Andrew LaChappelleDo you like a book that you can read when your on the go or just at home relaxing if you do,Saving Arm Pit is for you The main characters are Clay,Stewy,Sophie,Tom,Tim,Coach Black, And Miss.Apfelbaum The setting of Saving Arm Pit is ,The Baseball field,and The Post Office The most exciting part i liked was when sophie was in the middle of 1st and 2nd and a person was on each base passing it back and forth but one off the catchers dropped the ball and so she ran.If you li Andrew LaChappelleDo you like a book that you can read when your on the go or just at home relaxing if you do,Saving Arm Pit is for you The main characters are Clay,Stewy,Sophie,Tom,Tim,Coach Black, And Miss.Apfelbaum The setting of Saving Arm Pit is ,The Baseball field,and The Post Office The most exciting part i liked was when sophie was in the middle of 1st and 2nd and a person was on each base passing it back and forth but one off the catchers dropped the ball and so she ran.If you like sports books then you ll like Saving Arm Pit SAVING ARMPIT by Natalie Hyde Non fiction writers are known to fantasize about writing fiction, but few successfully make the leap to this differently demanding genre Natalie Hyde has published nearly 20 non fiction titles on topics as diverse as germ theory, micro life, and population patterns With her first work of fiction, Saving Armpit recently nominated for the 2012 Silver Birch Express Award , Hyde has successfully entered the land of make believe or, as fiction has been called, the li SAVING ARMPIT by Natalie Hyde Non fiction writers are known to fantasize about writing fiction, but few successfully make the leap to this differently demanding genre Natalie Hyde has published nearly 20 non fiction titles on topics as diverse as germ theory, micro life, and population patterns With her first work of fiction, Saving Armpit recently nominated for the 2012 Silver Birch Express Award , Hyde has successfully entered the land of make believe or, as fiction has been called, the lie that tells the truth And Saving Armpit does tell truth about what it s like to live in a small town close to a larger centre, and to feel your town getting ready to call it a day The kids are especially disheartened to learn that they may lose their post office and with it Mr Black, the best coach they ve ever had The kids of Harmony Point the defaced sign leading into town reads Arm Pit want to be winners, but how can you ever hope to win one game if every volunteer who coaches your team barely knows the game Mr Black not only knows baseball, he knows kids He comes equipped with patience, kindness, and a huge sports bag bulging with baseball gear.Now there will be new truths to learn, and the real game of baseball to be played The kids are whipped into shape and slowly start to smell success, but, just as they get the first whiff, they must rally their forces to fight another battle that is, save the post office They launch a letter writing campaign, and soon reap many surprising side benefits, besides the most important one keeping their coach.Saving Armpit is clever, funny, and fast paced The kids are straight out of Beverly Cleary that is, they are real Boys and girls will enjoy the baseball action I sure did the letters interspersed throughout the book with funny names, like the magazine on cheese sculpting called Cut the Cheese Natalie Hyde is a funny, warm writer who has successfully written a book kids will love May we seefine fiction coming from her imagination This past weekend, I went over to my daughter s house to watch the granddaughters and took this book which I had won on Goodreads My 11 years old granddaughter read the story and then shared parts of the story with me as she was reading We had fun discussing the recipe for FANTASY FUDGE, which she thinks I need to make now I liked that there are some pictures, especially showing ads and letters, and a glossary of baseball terms in the back of the book.