The Contract Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The debut book in the Jeter Publishing imprint, The Contract is a middle-grade baseball novel inspired by the youth of legendary sports icon and role model Derek Jeter.
Derek Jeter is a legend in professional sports and a role model for many youths around the country. While leading the New York Yankees to five World Series Championships and achieving myriad milestones and accomplishments on and off the field, including 13 All-Star nods and membership in baseball's exclusive 3,000-hit club, Jeter has established a reputation of unparalleled character, credibility, dedication, and excellence. When Jeter was a boy, he had the dream of becoming the shortstop for the New York Yankees. Inspired by his childhood, this start to a middle grade series is about a boy who sets high goals for himself and makes his dreams come true through hard work, teamwork, and determination.
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|Listening Length||3 hours and 20 minutes|
|Author||Derek Jeter, Paul Mantell|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 23, 2014|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #134,399 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#204 in Sports Fiction for Children
#789 in Children's Baseball Books (Books)
#2,875 in Children's Values Books
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One of the settings of the Contract is at their Little League ball diamonds. The book has multiple different settings as well. Like at Derek’s school, his house, his buddy’s house. Jeter does make you feel as if you are in the book. Jeter did make me see the setting if I closed my eyes, I understood the book more when he did that. It is if you're in the book yourself. I would recommend this book to someone who can’t read longer books. I would NOT recommend this to someone who likes longer books. I would only give this book 3 ½ stars.
The book itself is focused on Derek Jeter when he is in 3rd grade (also the age of my grandson.) There are some great moral values presented by his parents to Derek and written up in a contract that Derek must sign to continue to play baseball. The story spends time in the classroom as well as on the Little League baseball field. Although there were a lot of details of the baseball games (which were a bit much for me) I know that my grandson will love that.
Much of the focus of this book is on the essay that Derek had to write as an assignment from his teacher on what he wants to be when he grows up. Even in third grade Derek knew he wanted to play shortstop for the New York Yankees. Derek's parents set the stage for that possibility with The Contract. As well as instilling the moral values it helped Derek to understand that only through hard work and determination could that dream become a reality. Derek's parents supported him and his dream and we all know now the result of those dreams.
I understand that this book is the first of many that will follow. I am assuming that they will take the reader through the rest of Derek's story. All in all I think this is a must read for children. I cannot think of more than a handful of professional athletes that have shown us how a solid childhood background with strong moral values, hard work and the support of family can lead to fulfilling those childhood dreams.