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Never Blame the Umpire

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  • Posted October 2, 2010

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    Good YA, but heavy

    A Young Adult book that deals with a heavy subject in a wonderful way, but that doesn't make it any easier to read. In this book, Katie is set to have a great summer. She is on the baseball team with her brother and her mom and dad are coming to their games. It opens at a game where she makes the winning play, except her mom and dad aren't there to see it. When she gets home something seems seriously wrong, but she figures she must be mistaken. Eventually Mom and Dad take Katie and Ken to the beach for the day to break the bad news... Mom is really sick.

    Death and dying are not easy subjects, especially for a 12 year old girl with her whole life in front of her. How will Katie handle this summer with her mom, will she push God away or allow Him to come closer. This was not an easy book to read, but it was so good.

    (Sarah's review)
    My 13 year old daughter Sarah read it and she thinks it was really good (and sad) and she read it in 1 day! But it was hard for her not to tell me about it. She thinks it is something for all young girls to remember that God is always with you and will be there for us when bad stuff happens. Life goes on that way. But hey never blame the umpire (and God!) You see the umpire is like God, of course the umpire will mess up even though God doesn't. But the umpire is in control of the game. So let's say your team lost, of course you will get mad but you knew it was a fair game.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    Good read for youth

    Received this book because I won it on Goodreads, and am I thankful. This is a good read.

    The story concerns an eleven year old girl and her family of a father, mother and younger brother. Things are going well, at least ok for her and then she faces a tragedy in her family. They are a religious family and a sports family, as well.

    The rest of the book concerns how she first is mad at God and then how through her sports and her poetry and her family life and friends, she finally comes to the realization that you can "Never blame the Umpire."

    A joyful read for youth.

    J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"

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