Choosing up sides

Choosing up sides

by John Ritter


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698118409
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/28/2000
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 220,278
Product dimensions: 5.05(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

John H. Ritter (b. October 31, 1951, San Pedro, California) is an American novelist, short story writer, teacher, and lecturer. His first novel, Choosing Up Sides, published in 1998, won the 1999 International Reading Association Children’s Book Award for Older Readers and was named an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults.

Ritter's novels have tackled subjects as diverse as the Vietnam War, the war in Iraq, issues of land development, jazz fusion, and Billy the Kid; and often showcase the sport of baseball. According to Vicki Sherbert, writing in The ALAN Review for the National Council of Teachers of English, Ritter "uses the game of baseball, the glory of music, and the power of the written word to illustrate how young people can overcome everyday, and not-so-everyday, challenges. Each book goes beyond the story of the game, beyond the story of the problem, right to the heart of Ritter's message: What is really valuable in life?"

John Ritter lives in San Pedro, California. Learn more about him at

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Choosing up Sides 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Made me think of religion, family , and baseball in an all new perspective. It's real deep and I totally loved it.He's the next Chris Crutcher.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it really really touched me like no ther book did, seriously. very suspensful & u never wannna put this down. its really great, from beginning to finish. i really enjoyed this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely wonderful! Granted, it wasn't the baseball book I was expecting, but it has so many good topics that really get you thinking. I was riveted to the book from the minute I started it and couldn't put it down until I finished it. The author does a wonderful job.... There were parts where I couldn't shut my mouth out of sheer surprise. There is also humor sprinkled throughout this book which keeps the reader entertained. There are a few sappy parts, but you can (while feeling embarrassed for the characters) overlook those. This would make an awesome discussion book. This is a great book that challenges the concepts of faith, family, and love. (This is not light reading.) BUY THIS BOOK- YOU WON¿T BE DISAPPOINTED!!!