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Three Strikes for Rotten Ralph

by Jack Gantos

Before he tries out for the new Fighting Squirrels baseball team, Rotten Ralph is sure he is going to be a superstar. Never mind that he doesn’t have any skills and doesn’t want to practice. While his owner, Sarah, is doing everything she can to make the team, she tries to help Ralph do his best, too. But with his imagination running wild, Ralph’s worst is what comes out.


  • A quirky but warmhearted baseball story that will amuse young readers, sports fans or not.
    — Booklist
  • Gantos and Rubel offer easy reading, funny pictures, and an accessible lesson about humility and hard work—sprinkled with some legit baseball pointers.
    — Publisher's Weekly
  • Ralph’s ... irrepressible rottenness will delight newly independent readers.
    — Kirkus Reviews

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