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I teach English to 8th graders, and I am a Professor of Reading. I have spent most of my life in California, though as the son of an American soldier, I lived in various places in the United States and Europe in my youth. My ideas for stories come from the experiences I had moving frequently as a child, from the many different people and groups of people that I've met, known, and taught, and from my love of literature.
on Oct. 08, 2013 :
This read was recommended to me and frankly, I wasn't sure I was going to like it. A book about kids playing baseball? Not exactly the subject matter I am most often drawn to. But this book did not disappoint. To the contrary, it inspired. The characters were well developed, with struggles and triumphs that were relatable, whether or not one has ever set foot on a baseball diamond. They held true to their vision, while being gently nudged by the influence of the others in the book. That tenacity and truth of spirit made it hard for me to put this book down, even when the night grew long and I knew I needed to get to sleep. The descriptions of the game situations are exhilarating, with just the right amount of detail and suspense. As a (OK middle aged) woman I loved this book, but would also recommend it to young adult readers, as well. The characters make a statement, but never preach. The moral is understated, but ever clear. The characters are not sugar coated. They are real, and for that we cheer them on. HIghly recommend!
(reviewed long after purchase)