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KLIATTDeath of a beloved family member, in this case a father, is indeed a hard hit, and using the poetry format to tell of the impending death and the family's grief is a powerful means of conveying the intensity of feelings. Mark loves his father dearly, and they share an interest in baseball, so Mark tries to continue on the team through his father's illness. The four sections of the novel use baseball terminology to tell of the other, larger story: Wind Up; Strike One!; Extra Innings; Three Strikes! The language is spare but gut-wrenching: "They are starting my dad / on the medicine trail / like the Cherokee Trail of Tears / where you stumble / and fall along the hard way." At the end of the story: "One star gleamed / and sparked / like Dad's eyes / it seemed he was there / loving me / his dust his bones his voice / part of a star." The author lists several helpful resources in the final pages of the book: The Dougy Center: the National Center for Grieving Children and Families; The American Cancer Society; and Comfort Zone Camps, the nation's largest bereavement camp for children ages 7--17. Turner has written honestly, and her work is a helpful resource for those trying to understand grief and loss, because she puts words to these feelings. KLIATT Codes: SA--Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2006, Scholastic, 167p., Ages 15 to adult.