Get a Hit, Mo! (Mo Jackson #2)

by David A Adler (Author) Sam Ricks (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Series: Mo Jackson

Mo may not be the biggest, the strongest, or the fastest baseball player, but he won't let that stop him from playing! This Step 2 reader from Geisel Award winner David Adler is now in Step into Reading!

Baseball season has arrived and Mo is all set to play with his team, the Lions. But Mo always bats last, and he always plays right field--and no balls ever come to right field. Will Mo ever get his chance to help the Lions win? Step 2 Readers use basic vocabulary and short sentences to tell simple stories, for children who recognize familiar words and can sound out new words with help. Rhyme and rhythmic text paired with picture clues help children decode the story.

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Gr 1-3—Mo Jackson is a little kid with a big love for baseball. Unfortunately, he is smaller and younger than the rest of the players on his team, the Lions. When Coach Marie assigns the batting order, Mo bats last (usually the spot for the weakest hitter). When she assigns field positions, Mo gets right field (few balls ever go to right field). As the opposing team scores two runs, Mo worries that he will not get a hit. A brown-skinned boy with curly locks that peek out from under his helmet, Mo strikes out his first two times at bat. In the ninth inning with two outs, people are cheering and Coach Marie is shouting. When he turns to hear what she is saying, Mo accidentally hits the ball. The ball then rolls past the pitcher and keeps on rolling, bringing in Mo and the two other players who are on base. In an ending that is neither original nor a surprise, Mo's home run wins the game; even the youngest baseball-playing reader is going to wonder how a slight tap of the bat propelled the ball to roll far enough to bring in three runs. The illustrations are fun with good use of color and perspective, and they depict a multicultural lineup. VERDICT An additional purchase for beginning reader collections.—Jennifer Steib Simmons, Anderson County Library, SC

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David A Adler
David A. Adler is the author of more than 200 books, ranging from children's series to books on math, science, and economics. His work includes the Young Cam Jansen series, the Andy Russell series, and a number of nonfiction and picture biography titles. He lives in Woodmere, New York.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication date
June 20, 2021
Mo Jackson
BISAC categories
JUV039140 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
JUV011010 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - African-American
JUV032010 - Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | Baseball
Library of Congress categories
African Americans
Readers (Primary)
Readers (Publications)
Baseball stories
Stature, Short

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