About this book
George Grant is a 15-year-old farm boy who is struck by lightning while helping his dad with the summer harvest. His dad is killed but George survives with burns on his arms and back. When the burns heal George and his younger brother Roy resume their baseball practices. That fall George is a high school sophomore and his goal is to pitch for the high school baseball team.
George has lingering effects from the lightning strike. When he throws a baseball or when he picks up something heavy he gets tingling sensations from his fingertips to his shoulders. The tingles are never painful. They just feel funny, like he bumped his funny bone. They seem to give him extra strength and he can pick up heavy objects with ease. George discovers he now can pitch with great speed and accuracy. Almost every pitch is a strike.
Another strange affect is he now sees a baseball moving through the air like it is in slow motion. His vision isn't affected in any other way. He is often checked by doctors. The results are always the same. None of the strange effects show up on the testing devices. George appears to be a healthy teenage boy.
Early in the baseball season the high school coaches and players realize that George has unique talent and he becomes a highly valued member of the team. As the season progresses he plays a critical role in helping the team achieve greater success than anyone thought possible.
About the Author
Jay Henry Peterson grew up as a farm kid on the northern Great Plains. He milked cows, handled beef cattle, hogs and chickens and spent many hours on tractors and other equipment planting and harvesting small grains, corn and soybeans.
He began writing as a teenager, creating whimsical poems and stories to amuse his high school classmates. Most of that unpublished writing has been lost. After being passed around by his classmates, much of it was wadded up and tossed in the trash basket in some classroom.
He often wrote sports and feature articles for his high school and college newspapers. His college years were interrupted when he was called to serve in the United States Army, a time that included a year in combat operations in the swamps and jungles of South Vietnam. He returned to college after the service and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
During a professional career of more than four decades as a printing and publications executive his writing was largely confined to business projects.
Jay Henry Peterson is retired. He recently returned to writing for pleasure, this time concentrating on short stories and novels. He and his wife live in Arizona.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Jay Henry Peterson’s novel A Young Pitcher is a heartwarming story of a teenage boy coping with tragedy. He and his father are struck by lightning and his father is killed. George survives with badly burned arms and back. As he recovers he returns to practicing pitching a baseball, hoping to achieve his goal to pitch for the high school team. He makes the team and leads them to unexpected achievements. This is the kind of story everyone who’s ever watched or played a game of baseball will enjoy reading.
A wonderful debut for Jay Henry Peterson . This first book in the 3 novel series is a very enjoyable, captivating read, baseball enthusiast or not. Looking forward to the second book.