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The author of the Ball Park Series, Al Cline, grew up in Middle Tennessee and Northern Ohio. He also spent time living in Pittsburgh Pa, Lynchburg, Va. and the Washington D.C area. Presently, he lives in a colorful part of California called San Bernardino. Shifts in habitat from one part of the country to another result in what Al calls "Perspective lending distance to the view!" So out of his migration and wacky experiences, the Ball Park series of short stories was born.
The first collection in the series is "A Season of Misgiving" and is presented for your Holiday Reading Enjoyment! The stories are geared to appeal to readers of middle school age but, adult readers seem to like them too. Many of the important characters in series are introduced in "A Season of Misgiving" and allowed to strut and fret before getting their Holiday comeuppance. They will reappear in the ten additional volumes that are planned.
Al's life experience and work background are continually brought to bear on all types of subject matter in the stories. He's been a salesman, security guard, mid level business executive, musician, teacher, magazine publisher, contract administrator, motorcycle courier, and radio news announcer to name a few places he has shown up for work.
The Ball Park stories were first produced as live one-man-play events. Al created all the players with his crackly, whimsical and responsive voice. It is storytelling at it's best. A follow on project of talking books is planned for each of the volumes.
Currently Al has a daily blog on facebook called Mz. Hackensack where some of the people from his stories can interact with readers. And yes, at one time, he did drive a school bus that was numbered 47 and he did drag race a fully loaded soft drink truck with an empty Bus #47 and lose.
Please enjoy the stories! And above all, "Y'all come back now!"
on March 11, 2012 :
If you want to have uproarious laughter, read Al Cline's book -- A Season of Misgivings.
It is full of playfulness, and filled with witty-joy for children of all ages. See them harvest in the family gathering of the delightful Ballpark (stories -- series) in the Thanskgiving dinner with the leprechaun, Patrick O'Lafferty.
Entertain the children with fun as they read about the mysterious and zany Mz. Hagensack's crazy ways of mischievous trickery in Bus#47, the Halloween School Bus. But beware as it will leave you in stiches!
Learn how Mz. Hackensack fools those in The Incredible Christmas Tree, and in Fruit Cakes 'r' Us. You will surly want to plug in, and read them over, and over again, and at every holiday that comes around. Captivating. Fresh and original. No ordinary holiday will be held.
(reviewed the day of purchase)