Fielder's Choice

Fielder's Choice

by Rick Norman


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Beneath the baseball and the shuck-and-jive narration is a story about a young man learning to live his own life. -School Library JournalAndrew Jackson Fielder dreams about pitching in the major leagues. It is an unlikely dream for a kid growing up in Smackover, Arkansas, in 1939. But for Fielder, it comes true, partly due to the afternoons he and his brother spend practicing pitches in a pipe yard down in the south Arkansas oil patch. However, this humorous coming of age story is more about learning to live life and take responsibility for bad decisions than it is about playing baseball. During World War II, Jackson is shot down and ends up in a prisoner of war camp. Following months of abuse, he is "recruited" by a Japanese admiral who wants his son to pitch like a pro. The boy, a young kamikaze pilot is determined to learn how to throw a “goose ball”. His commitment and hard work help Fielder reconnect with his love of baseball and learn valuable life lessons. These baseball stories inspire readers and teach them the importance of trust and responsibility.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874832044
Publisher: August House Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/28/2006
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 5.42(w) x 8.57(h) x 0.41(d)
Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
Age Range: 11 - 18 Years

About the Author

Rick Norman Bio: Rick Norman is a business attorney practicing in Lake Charles, Louisiana. USA Today called Rick "a master storyteller" and Rick himself concedes he became an attorney so that he could be paid for exaggerating the truth. His debut novel, the August House release Fielder's Choice, received rave reviews. Amorak Huey wrote in Southern Living: "It has earned that spot on my bookshelf reserved for the most memorable baseball books, right next to the likes of Mark Harris' classic, Bang the Drum Slowly.” Fielders Choice is widely used in courses at colleges and high schools. For years Rick was a regular contributor to National Public Radio's (NPR) weekly sports show "Only a Game." His commentaries and skits can still be accessed on WBUR's webpage. Rick has also written several treatises on commercial law. Not content with writing, broadcasting or practicing law, Rick also paints and his paintings adorn many Louisiana law offices.

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Fielder's Choice 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Raphals More than 1 year ago
The book I read was Fielder¿s Choice. It was a pretty good book. It had some baseball in there and some pretty brutal war battles for you war junkies. It was written by Rick Norman. This book is like a sports book a sports book for those of you that love baseball I would recommend this one. The main conflict in this book is the main character is stuck in this prisoner of war camp and they locked him up in this pipe. He was locked up in there for about three weeks and he wants to get out so he can play in the big leagues again and to go marry his dead brother¿s wife. The setting takes place in three different locations, Nebraska, Mexico and Japan. The characters in the book are Jax Fielder, the main one in the book, Dixie the girl next door and his two brothers Jude and Jugs. I would recommend this book for people who love baseball and reading about WWI. This book was a pretty easy read. It only took me three days to read it. This book is a book for middle school and high school kids. My rating on this book would be a four out of five stars. The book was a hundred and ninety-nine pages long.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fielder's Choice was the most halirious novels I've ever read, but at the same time it was touching. It brings back those childhood memories that we all love to go back to. Its a one of those books that once you open to the first page you won't put it down till the last. I definatley reccommend it to anyone even if your not a baseball fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the finest stories I have ever read. I find it hard to belive that this author and this book are not more famous. On one page I laughed out loud on the first paragraph and by the time I got to the bottom of the pageI had been so moved that I teared up. Great read, great story, well written.