The Koufax Dilemma

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Baseball is Danny's life but when the season opener is scheduled for the first night of Passover Danny faces the same dilemma that legendary Jewish pitcher, Sandy Koufax played. How important is the game? How important is his religion? How important is his family? Intense conflict and dramatic baseball make The Koufax Dilemma an exciting and thought-provoking tale.

Angry when he cannot pitch in the season's opening game because of Passover, Danny finally makes some ...

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Overview

Baseball is Danny's life but when the season opener is scheduled for the first night of Passover Danny faces the same dilemma that legendary Jewish pitcher, Sandy Koufax played. How important is the game? How important is his religion? How important is his family? Intense conflict and dramatic baseball make The Koufax Dilemma an exciting and thought-provoking tale.

Angry when he cannot pitch in the season's opening game because of Passover, Danny finally makes some important decisions about loyalty to his divorced parents, his team, his heritage, and himself.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
Eleven-year-old Danny is looking forward to pitching his first baseball game of the season. He is angry and disappointed when his mother reminds him that the game conflicts with the Passover seder. She expects him to celebrate with the family. Danny's usually warm relationship with his mother and coach, and his mixed feelings for his mother's boyfriend and his dad's new family are portrayed in a believable way. His struggles with faith, family and team loyalty make this novel an appealing account of family caring and compromise, as well as a satisfying sports story. Interesting information on Passover celebrations is another plus.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6Left-handed pitcher Sandy Koufax is a baseball legend partly because of his blazing fastball and pinpoint accuracy and partly because he refused to pitch in a World Series game that was scheduled on Yom Kippur. In this involving sports story, fifth-grader Danny, too, is a left-handed pitcher with a good fastball, and he knows all about Koufax. But that doesn't help him with his dilemma when his team's opening game coincides with the first night of Passover. Danny's parents are divorced, and his mother insists that he attend a family seder, which he strongly resists. In resolving the conflict, Danny relies less on Koufax's model than on the unusually understanding adults in his life. After missing the game, the boy goes on to become a star pitcher who eventually helps his team win the league's championship game. Schnur avoids other possible conflicts, and his adult characters are probably more empathetic and supportive than those in the lives of many readers, but Danny is a winning character who is appealing, even in his childish obstinacy. In addition, the baseball action should satisfy fans of the game.Jack Forman, Mesa College Library, San Diego
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595199983
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2001
  • Pages: 196
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 0.45 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

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