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Six Innings: A Game in the Lifeby James Preller
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Two teams, six innings, one game.
A lively cast of characters—baseball-loving boys between the ages of eleven to thirteen—are playing the biggest game of their lives. With acrobatic catches, clutch hits, dramatic whiffs, and costly errors, this game is full of action. But as the book unfolds, pitch by pitch, a deeper story emerges, with far more at stake: Sam and Mike, best friends, are trying to come to terms with Sams newly diagnosed cancer. And this baseball diamond becomes the ultimate testing ground of Sam and Mikes remarkable friendship as they strive to find a way to both come out winners.
This is for the championship.
This is for life.
Six Innings is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
A game in the life of a Little League team playing their championship game - and two best friends whose bond is put to the test.
It’s the biggest game of the season, and twenty-three boys are ready to play. They’re checking each other out, plotting their strategies, and psyching themselves up. But one kid isn’t on the field. Sam Reiser, the announcer, is sitting it out this season. He can’t play, but he’s not about to miss a game. And watching over it all is exciting—the acrobatic catches, the incredible hits, the devastating errors—it’s just not the same. Sam’s friend Mike knows how he feels. Mike’s out in right field, wishing Sam could join him. Because this isn’t just a big game. It’s the championship—the biggest game of their lives.
Dylan feels the ball in his glove, grips it across the seam, reaches back for something extra, and blows Angel away with a high fast-ball. Strike three! Yes!
Sam Reiser leans back and savors the moment. He is now completely caught up in the game. Everything else falls away, all life's distractions, like a skin that's been shed. He doesn't worry about his hair, or homework, or doctors. He isn't concerned about tomorrow. That's what baseball gives him, the urgency of the here and now.
About the Author
James Preller is the author of the popular Jigsaw Jones mystery series, which has sold over 10 million copies (of 32 titles) since 1998. Six Innings is his first stand-alone novel, and it grew out of his love for baseball and his experiences in Little League as a player, father, and coach.
“Those first baseball experiences are vivid times, burned into our memories,” Preller says. “It’s when we first learned to love the game. A time when we knew, somehow, the game loved us back.”
James Preller lives in Delmar, New York. In addition to writing full-time, he coaches Little League and plays in a men’s hardball league. You can visit him on the web at www.jamespreller.com.
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