Desperado Who Stole Baseballby John Ritter
The fate of a Wild West gold-mining town rests in the hands of two individuals. One is a twelve-yearold boy with a love and instinct for baseball unmatched by any grown-up. The other is the country's most infamous outlaw, on the run and looking for peace of mind. Together, they pair up to prove
The exciting prequel to the bestselling The Boy Who Saved Baseball.
The fate of a Wild West gold-mining town rests in the hands of two individuals. One is a twelve-yearold boy with a love and instinct for baseball unmatched by any grown-up. The other is the country's most infamous outlaw, on the run and looking for peace of mind. Together, they pair up to prove that heroes can emerge from anywhere. John H. Ritter brings the Old West to life in this prequel to his breakout success, The Boy Who Saved Baseball.
In this prequel to The Boy Who Saved Baseball (Philomel, 2003), once again the fate of a baseball-loving town rests on the outcome of an epic game. In the 1880s, orphaned Jack, 12, is riding west to seek out his long-lost uncle Long John Dillon, a mine owner in California. Dillontown began as a boomtown, but with its gold seemingly tapped out, the townsfolk have pinned their hopes on their mighty baseball team led by Cap'n Dillon. Jack longs to play ball alongside his uncle, but he is waylaid by a mysterious stranger who turns out to be Billy the Kid. Billy accompanies Jack on his journey, and the two forge a strong friendship, while Billy displays an unexpected talent for baseball. They arrive just in time to take part in the contest between Dillontown's champions and a team of professional players. Ritter writes in an idiom-laden, mock-epic style full of bombast and bravado. When he earns a chance to play on his uncle's team, Jack exults in "standing amongst the tobacco-chewing, whisker-chin-drooling, cuss-word-spewing brigade." Reminiscent of the works of Sid Fleischman, this tall-tale page-turner stands alone though it will be most appreciated by fans of Ritter's earlier works.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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Meet the Author
Baseball novelist John H. Ritter grew up in a baseball family. "But we were also a family of musicians and mathematicians, house painters and poets. My dad was a sports writer in Ashtabula, Ohio, who moved the family out west, just before I was born, to become Sports Editor for The San Diego Union." After high school, John attended the University of California at San Diego, where he met his wife, Cheryl, now an elementary school teacher. Like their grown daughter, Jolie, who runs her own espresso cafe, John has always preferred the self-employed life, having been a custom painting contractor for 25 years. "Even so," he says, "I always 'booked' my calendar with time to write."
In 1994, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators honored him with the Judy Blume Award for a novel in progress. Three years later, upon the sale of his first book, to Penguin Putnam, he retired from house painting and realized his dream of becoming a full-time writer. Now, he is the author of six books for young readers: Over the Wall, Choosing Sides, Under the Baseball Moon, The Boy Who Saved Baseball, The Desperado Who Stole Baseball, and Fenway Fever.
John H. Ritter lives in Koloa, Hawaii. Learn more about him at johnhritter.com.
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