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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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The Boy Who Saved Baseball

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Publisher Comments:

Tom Gallagher is in a tight spot. The fate of the Dillontown team rests on the outcome of one baseball game, winner take all. If Tom's team loses, they lose their field too. But how can they possibly win? Just when everything seems hopeless, a mysterious boy named Cruz de la Cruz rides into town and claims to know the secret of hitting. Not to mention the secrets of Dante Del Gato, Dillontown's greatest hitter ever. Since he walked away from the game years ago, Del Gato hasn't spoken a word to anyone. But now he might be Tom's only hope for saving his hometown. From the award-winning author of Over the Wall and Choosing Up Sides comes this imaginative tale of one boy's struggle to preserve the spirit of the game he loves.

Synopsis:

It's the last inning of a high school baseball game between arch-rivals Oak Grove and Compton. Center fielder Luke "Wizard" Wallace steps up to the plate--and is hit by a beanball, a wild pitch that shatters his skull, destroys the vision in his left eye, and changes his life forever.

In this riveting novel, the events surrounding this pivotal moment are recounted through free-verse monologues by 28 different voices, including those of Luke and his Oak Grove teammates; the pitcher, Kyle Dawkins, and other Compton players; the two coaches; Luke's family members and teachers; and Sarah Edgerton, a new classmate who seems more affected by Luke's injury than his girlfriend is.

With its unusual format, gripping subject matter, and economy of language, Beanball is a thought-provoking, fast-paced read.

Synopsis:

Its the worst sound Ive ever heard in all my years of umping.

Oh, Ive heard plenty of pitches hit a helmet.

But this . . . this fastball, up and in.

This one hit bone, right in the face.

Not even a scream or grunt from the kid.

He went down like he was shot. In the bottom of the last inning against their biggest rival, Oak Grove High has two men on base and the score is tied. Luke “Wizard” Wallace is at bat, and he knows what he needs to do: drive in the winning run, save the game, and be a hero. 

Luke has everything under control, except the pitch.

About the Author

Gene Fehler is a widely-published and anthologized poet whose work has appeared in children's books, poetry collections, and college textbooks. He is also the author of five books, including two adult nonfiction titles about baseball's golden age. He lives in Seneca, South Carolina.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142402863
Author:
Ritter, John H
Publisher:
Puffin Books
Author:
Ritter, John H.
Author:
Fehler, Gene
Author:
Ritter, John
Subject:
General
Subject:
California
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Baseball
Subject:
Sports & Recreation - Baseball
Subject:
Children s-Sports Fiction-Baseball
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 4
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in 0.2 lb
Age Level:
08-12

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"Synopsis" by ,
It's the last inning of a high school baseball game between arch-rivals Oak Grove and Compton. Center fielder Luke "Wizard" Wallace steps up to the plate--and is hit by a beanball, a wild pitch that shatters his skull, destroys the vision in his left eye, and changes his life forever.

In this riveting novel, the events surrounding this pivotal moment are recounted through free-verse monologues by 28 different voices, including those of Luke and his Oak Grove teammates; the pitcher, Kyle Dawkins, and other Compton players; the two coaches; Luke's family members and teachers; and Sarah Edgerton, a new classmate who seems more affected by Luke's injury than his girlfriend is.

With its unusual format, gripping subject matter, and economy of language, Beanball is a thought-provoking, fast-paced read.

"Synopsis" by ,
Its the worst sound Ive ever heard in all my years of umping.

Oh, Ive heard plenty of pitches hit a helmet.

But this . . . this fastball, up and in.

This one hit bone, right in the face.

Not even a scream or grunt from the kid.

He went down like he was shot. In the bottom of the last inning against their biggest rival, Oak Grove High has two men on base and the score is tied. Luke “Wizard” Wallace is at bat, and he knows what he needs to do: drive in the winning run, save the game, and be a hero. 

Luke has everything under control, except the pitch.

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