Colorful graphics, oversized photographs, and short, engaging sentences draw reluctant readers in to the fascinating life of Joe Mauer! This book introduces readers to Mauer's childhood, family, educational background, and rise to fame. From his early days of practicing baseball in his family's basement to his high-school performance with the Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders, readers will learn how Mauer built a successful career for himself as a catcher for the Minnesota Twins. Also covered are Mauer's awards, his performances in the MLB All-Star Games, and his community work. Features include a table of contents, maps, "Did You Know" fun facts, a "Snapshot" page with vital information, a glossary with phonetics, and an index. Big Buddy Books is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Group.