When preacher's boy Luke Bledsoe steps on a baseball field, he discovers he has real pitching talent. For once, he can be proud of being left-handed. But Reverend Bledsoe believes that the left side is the side of Satan and the baseball field is the Devil's playground. Luke has spent his whole life trying to please his father. Will he choose to give up the game he's come to love-or turn his back on his family?
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
1999 IRA Children's Book Award
A BCCB Blue Ribbon Book
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|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 www.johnhritter.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!!!