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Biggie
by Derek E. Sullivan


Overview - Henry "Biggie" Abbott is the son of one of Finch, Iowa 's most famous athletes. His father was a baseball legend and his step-dad is a close second. At an obese 300+ pounds though, Biggie himself prefers classroom success to sports. As a perfectionist, he doesn't understand why someone would be happy getting two hits in five trips to the plate.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Henry "Biggie" Abbott is the son of one of Finch, Iowa 's most famous athletes. His father was a baseball legend and his step-dad is a close second. At an obese 300+ pounds though, Biggie himself prefers classroom success to sports. As a perfectionist, he doesn't understand why someone would be happy getting two hits in five trips to the plate. "Forty percent, that's an F in any class," he would say. As Biggie's junior year begins, the girl of his dreams, Annabelle Rivers, starts to flirt with him. Hundreds of people have told him to follow in his dad's footsteps and play ball, but Annabelle might be the one to actually convince him to try. What happens when a boy who has spent his life since fourth grade trying to remain invisible is suddenly thrust into the harsh glare of the high school spotlight?

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780807507278
  • ISBN-10: 080750727X
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
  • Publish Date: March 2015
  • Page Count: 272
  • Reading Level: Ages 13-18
  • Dimensions: 8.34 x 7.42 x 0.85 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.15 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-01-19
  • Reviewer: Staff

Henry “Biggie” Abbott is socially invisible, by choice. The obese 17-year-old lives in a 6,000 sq. ft. house with an indoor baseball field (his stepfather is a local baseball legend) but manages to avoid athletic pursuits and live under the radar. Biggie prefers to channel his perfectionism and personality into academics and spending time online, where he cultivates a robust social life through carefully crafted messages on social networks. After Biggie throws a perfect game of whiffle ball in gym class, he wonders if it’s a fluke. If it’s not, what else is he capable of? Stepbrother Maddux persuades Biggie that with early-morning workouts, healthy eating, and practice, Biggie can pitch a perfect game for the school’s baseball team, avoid diabetes, gain the respect of his stepfather, and win over his crush. Thoughtful and witty, Biggie tells a story full of physical and emotional highs and lows as debut author Sullivan empathetically addresses topics of self-esteem and finding healthier, happier versions of oneself (and what that even means). Ages 13–up. Agent: Sara Megibow, Megibow Literary Agency. (Mar.)

 
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