Derek Jeter

Spectacular Shortstop

From the Series USA TODAY Lifeline Biographies

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

Earning five World Series rings and a slew of other awards, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is on top of the world. Few Major League Baseball players ever come close to this level of success or name recognition. As USA TODAY, the Nation’s No. 1 Newspaper, puts it, “Derek Jeter, best player on the best team, brightest light in the biggest city.”

Jeter had always wanted to play for the Yankees. When he was a senior in high school, the Yankees drafted him and his dream came true. In the next few years, he went from a homesick minor leaguer, to the American League Rookie of the Year, to the World Series Most Valuable Player. Jeter has also been team captain since 2003 and is the Yankees all-time leader in hits. Find out how a kid from Kalamazoo, Michigan, became a baseball sensation!

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Young Adult
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Publication Date 2011-01-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS YAN006130, YAN053010
Dewey 796.357092
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 1010
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Photo captions, Sidebars, Source notes, and Table of contents

Author: Keith Elliot Greenberg

Keith Elliot Greenberg is the author of many nonfiction books for young readers. He is based in Brooklyn, New York.