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Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip

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ISBN13: 9780545320696
ISBN10: 0545320690
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Sometimes, the greatest comebacks take place far away from the ball field.

Meet Peter Friedman, high school freshman. Talented photographer. Former baseball star. When a freakish injury ends his pitching career, Peter has some major things to figure out. Is there life after sports? Why has his grandfather suddenly given him thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment? And is it his imagination, or is the super-hot star of the girls' swim team flirting with him, right in front of the amazing new girl in his photography class? In his new novel, teen author Jordan Sonnenblick performs his usual miraculous feat: exploring deep themes of friendship, romance, family, and tragedy, while still managing to be hilariously funny.

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"The start of Peter's freshman year is marked by twin tragedies: a serious arm injury during a baseball game means his pitching days are over, and his beloved grandfather, a photographer who taught Peter how to shoot, is losing his memory. Peter tries to keep the extent of both problems hidden — the first from his best friend and fellow pitcher, AJ, and the second from his mother, per his grandfather's request. But his secrets prove harder and harder to keep, especially when his new girlfriend and fellow photography enthusiast, Angelika, gives him an ultimatum, and his deteriorating grandfather ends up in an emergency situation. Sonnenblick's story may be straightforward, but Peter's natural and self-effacing narrative voice makes it sing. The novel is populated with kind, vulnerable characters who care about each other (mellow San from Zen and the Art of Faking It even makes an appearance), and the thoroughly enjoyable mix of sports, art, family drama, and budding romance will have readers invested in Peter's struggles to accept his new world and appreciate what he has. Ages 12 — up. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Jordan Sonnenblick is the author of the acclaimed DRUMS, GIRLS, & DANGEROUS PIE, NOTES FROM THE MIDNIGHT DRIVER, ZEN AND THE ART OF FAKING IT, and the sequel to DRUMS called AFTER EVER AFTER. He lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two children.

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Beverly B, March 1, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Curveball is another great read from Jordan Sonnenblick one of the very best YA authors. His understanding of adolescence is apparent in the authentic characters, realistic events and witty teenage sarcasm. Cruveball is the story of Pete, a typical shy, quiet suburban teen who leaves 8th grade as one of the best baseball players in the state and a better than decent basketball player. He is also best friends with AJ, the super athlete, super popular, super good-looking, center of attention wherever he goes, class leader. Pete is confident his athletic talents and friendship with AJ will help him make a smooth transition into the frightening world of high school - until Pete is told by his doctors he will never play ball again and he and AJ end up with no classes together. Luckily, Pete is aso best friends with his grandfather, a famous photographer who taught Pete everything he knows about photography. Sonnenblick's characters are not one dimensional or stereotypical and the adults, while not perfect, are loving and supportive. YA readers will love that Pete, AJ and Angelika could be the students sitting next to them.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780545320696
Author:
Sonnenblick, Jordan
Publisher:
Scholastic Press
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s-Reference Family and Genealogy
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The start of Peter's freshman year is marked by twin tragedies: a serious arm injury during a baseball game means his pitching days are over, and his beloved grandfather, a photographer who taught Peter how to shoot, is losing his memory. Peter tries to keep the extent of both problems hidden — the first from his best friend and fellow pitcher, AJ, and the second from his mother, per his grandfather's request. But his secrets prove harder and harder to keep, especially when his new girlfriend and fellow photography enthusiast, Angelika, gives him an ultimatum, and his deteriorating grandfather ends up in an emergency situation. Sonnenblick's story may be straightforward, but Peter's natural and self-effacing narrative voice makes it sing. The novel is populated with kind, vulnerable characters who care about each other (mellow San from Zen and the Art of Faking It even makes an appearance), and the thoroughly enjoyable mix of sports, art, family drama, and budding romance will have readers invested in Peter's struggles to accept his new world and appreciate what he has. Ages 12 — up. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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