For Ages: 8 - 12
In the fifth book in the New York Times bestselling middle grade series inspired by the life of iconic New York Yankee Derek Jeter, Derek spends the summer with his grandparents in Pequannock Township, New Jersey.
  • Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books | 
  • 176 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781534409910 | 
  • April 2018 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7
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Reading Group Guide

A Reading Group Guide to


By Derek Jeter with Paul Mantell

Prereading Assignment

Ask readers to review Derek Jeter’s 10 Life Lessons. They are listed in the front of each book in his middle-grade series, and on his website:

Discussion Questions

Chapter 1—Summer Dreams!

This summer, Derek Jeter is living the dream! Derek and his sister, Sharlee, are spending the summer with their grandparents in Greenwood Lake, New Jersey. The summer promises fun-filled days at the castle on the lake with his cousins, a family day at the Yankees game, and a visit from his best friend, Dave.

Write about a dream that came true or an experience that you were looking forward to where everything did not go exactly as expected. Briefly explain what went right or what went wrong. Include how you felt before the event and how you felt after. Did your attitude affect the outcome?

Derek dreams that he plays baseball with his role model, Yankee outfielder Dave Winfield. Why did Derek select Winfield as his role model? Why do you think this was a good choice for him?

Chapter 2—Family Fun

In Curveball, Derek recognizes the importance of being a role model.

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About the Author

Derek Jeter
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Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter is a fourteen-time All-Star and five-time World Series winner who has played for one team—the storied New York Yankees—for all twenty seasons of his major league career. His grace and class on and off the field have made him an icon and role model far beyond the world of baseball.