Rounding Third [NOOK Book]


A timely story of teen bullying and young men finding the courage in themselves and each other to fight back.

Rob Wardell is a seventeen-year old who feels like he doesn't quite fit in anywhere--not at home, not at school and not on the baseball field. The small, shy boy stays on the high school baseball team only to please his father since he knows he will never get to play. He’s living his life alone until he finds himself drawn into a ...
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A timely story of teen bullying and young men finding the courage in themselves and each other to fight back.

Rob Wardell is a seventeen-year old who feels like he doesn't quite fit in anywhere--not at home, not at school and not on the baseball field. The small, shy boy stays on the high school baseball team only to please his father since he knows he will never get to play. He’s living his life alone until he finds himself drawn into a friendship with the team’s new star pitcher, Josh Schlagel. The two boys hit it off instantly; maybe it's because Josh isn't exactly welcomed by the team either. But as Rob and Josh grow closer and start spending more time together away from the field, Rob realizes that his friend is hiding something. The bruises on Josh's body and his reluctance to let Rob know about certain parts of his life have Rob suspicious. When Josh's secrets are finally revealed and become life threatening, Rob and his family must step up to the plate.

Praise for Rounding Third:

“Rounding Third is the amazing tale of Rob and Josh. I found myself rooting for these young men, wishing that I could enter the book and save them. Their journey is filled with hope, sorrow, joy." – Noël Alumit, Lambda Literary Awarding winning author of "Letters to Montgomery Clift"

"Walter Meyer has written a moving and powerful story. Rounding Third is a page turner and I couldn't put it down once I started reading. You find yourself deeply caring for the fate of the characters and moved by their struggle to find themselves and each other. A unique, well written and wonderful novel." -- David Mixner, author of “Stranger Among Friends”

“From the opening sentence, “Rounding Third” resonates with readers. All will find something to relate to, and learn from, in this compelling and important story.” -- Dan Woog, author of the “Jocks” series

"Rounding Third" is definitely a page-turner. It gripped my heart with its profound expression of young love, family life in both its grotesquely abusive and ultimately supportive forms. After getting to know Rob and Josh, the awful irony of love leading to hate crimes. I've already given the book to a teacher in Ohio, who's been dealing in-vivo with all these issues for decades. I'd like all my family and friends to read this book. And everyone else I can think of! It's a great read and very important work. Thanks to Walter Meyer for so truly and powerfully telling this story, on so many levels, of
so many. --Jamie Z.

I have to tell you that I am not really a big reader of fiction, however, I
recently picked up your book after buying it at least two months ago. I began
to read and absolutely fell into a trance with reading it. I smiled, I cried and I
laughed! Truly a brilliant read! Thanks for sharing your art! Angela P.

"I started reading Rounding Third yesterday and got to chapter 35 and
woke up this morning just having to pick up and continue reading. I'm
so hooked! Your writing makes you feel like you are right there and
like me, I'm sure many people can relate in some way. I can't wait to
finish the book tonight. Thanks for such great work and letting me
'hang out with Rob and Josh' for awhile. Seriously, this story needs to
be made into a movie." - Justin Sanchez
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Editorial Reviews

Christian Young
In Meyer’s characters exist a touch of realism so profound that it can only be accredited to their origins as real people. The character’s counterparts in real life are no less fictional than the situations that they face, all of which, heartbreakingly enough, are all too common.
The novel has a more universal message that is important to everyone. It is at heart a story about two young people being forced to mature and deal with the difficulties of acceptance.
Dan Woog
Meyer has constructed a complex and compelling tale, in part because he knows the territory--like his fictional character Rob Wardell - small and often picked on. Meyer handles his characters' attractions with an intriguing combination of gentleness and ferocity...the intensity of the teenagers' feelings is never far from the surface. At the same time, he does not shy away from describing the violence that those feelings - some perhaps shared by supposedly straight boys - arouse in others.
Mark Gabrish Conlan
Meyer’s achievement in Rounding Third is all the more remarkable because, though he’s written professionally since high school and has co-authored two published books — a salesmanship manual called Going for the Green and Day Is Ending, a memoir of a person with Alzheimer’s disease — this is his first work of’s an intense and emotionally wrenching tale.
Mark Hernandez
It's an excellent well-written must-read for everyone, especially someone who is struggling with him/herself or someone they care about.
Mike Copass
The novel draws you in to its story, with echoes of familiar themes of high school identity issues, sports, and coming of age. The book's main character, Bobby Wardell, faces a number of challenges familiar to many young men: he's on the baseball team, (but only as a bench-warmer) while his father looks with disappointment at his sensitive son who won't shoot the deer. Bobby faces harassment and physical abuse from bullies as part of his daily existence, through it Bobby gains a sense of self.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012693501
  • Publisher: MaxM Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/17/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 271
  • Sales rank: 950,246
  • File size: 364 KB

Meet the Author

Walter G. Meyer's work has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines including Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Pittsburgh, Orange Coast, the Orange County Register, San Diego Magazine and Westways. He has co-written two nonfiction books-- Going for the Green: Selling in the 21st Century, a how-to book in the form of a novel which teaches corporate sales people the proper way to sell and Day is Ending: a doctor’s love shattered by Alzheimer’s disease, a true story of devotion in the face of hardship, which was optioned to possibly be a television movie and another of his scripts, Trailblazing, the true story of America's first openly gay high school coach, under option. His play, GAM3RS, has been produced in New York to rave reviews and also received a great reception in performances at MIT, during San Diego's Comic Con and elsewhere. It has been optioned to be a web/TV series.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

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    Great Story, Ending could be better

    This is a Difficult review to write.

    To Explain, Firstly I loved this book from the start. A clever and thought provoking story with some great light hearted moments mixed with some extremely disturbing realities. Meyer tells the story of 2 lovable characters who are deeply in love with each other, however Josh comes from a family who is blinded by religion and Rob by his own prejudices and fears. Both work to overcome these challenges, however Josh is frequently distant with some obvious demons that he finds powerless to exercise and unable to discuss with Rob. Things finally come to a shocking head and both are forced to confront the issue together.

    The reason though I found it difficult to review this objectively was the ending. The story had been building from the first page and was at a crescendo, when all of a sudden it just felt like the air was let out of it and you are left feeling deflated and robbed of a potentially stunning conclusion. Indeed it felt as though the writer had just run out of steam and didnt quite know how to finish the story.

    In the Dedication at the end of the Book the writer explains that the story is basically true, calling on his real life experiences, and maybe the ending is more to keep faithful to his experiences, but from the perspective of a reader it just felt as though the huge build up was for nothing. The Story could have been so much more if the writer had just left out the last dozen or so pages.

    However, I think it would be wrong to give the Book a negative review because of this as the vast majority of the story was excellent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2011

    Beautiful book

    One of the best Gay teen books ive ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2009

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