David wants control of his life--something he doesn't have at home with his guardian Paul, a hotel bellman who can't keep his promise to stop drinking. So David takes control on the pitcher's mound, where he yearns to throw a perfect game. 160 pp. Ages 8-12. Pub: 3/98.
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I think you should read the book, “Team Picture” by Dean Hughes, because it shows a lot of different problems you could have with your life and you may be able to connect to it easily. Also, it has a great story about how the main character, David, try’s to take his mind off the fact his brother is an alcoholic and his parents are dead, by playing in his town league baseball team. Baseball is David’s “medicine” (cure) for depression which is pretty cool because it shows you how hobbies and interests can have a huge impact on your life. Even though David was going through a rough life with barely any supervision except an alcoholic brother, he tried to see everything on the positive side. I don’t agree with an earlier review which stated, “I think that this book is a great example of friendship.” Because David had no friends besides his team-mates he barely talks to on his baseball team. The only person David ever really talks to is his brother Paul. When David did talk to Paul, he tried to get Paul to play baseball with him, and he talked to him about how he should really stop drinking. For example, when Paul came home drunk and yelled at David for staying up so late and he was embarrassed that he got caught by his brother for drinking. “And waiting to check me out right?” (Hughes, 4) Finally towards the middle of the book, Paul agrees to stop drinking as much, and starts playing baseball with David. This takes things off his mind just as it did the same for David. Paul gets so interested and actually starts teaching and helping David, and cheering him on. Then after Paul gets told by eviction officers that they’re going to have to leave their house and go to an orphanage, Paul’s and David’s grandma come out of nowhere to save the day because grandpa dies. Grandma is the reason they are not evicted, because they finally have supervision. Grandma is impressed by David’s amazing pitching skills. My favorite character from this book would have to be David. I liked David because he always had a positive attitude towards things in life. No matter how tough some things got, he always tried his hardest to see it in a positive way and try to fix it. “I’m not sure why you keep going out and drinking; when we both know we don’t have the money. I’m not yelling at you, I’m simply discussing something we should improve.” (Hughes, 26). My favorite quote from this book would have to be, “I’d love to Rob, but we have a big game tomorrow and David has to work on his curveball.” (Hughes, 56) This is my favorite quote because this is the turning point for when Paul starts treating David like his little brother, and starts being really nice to him. This is when Paul starts to get so interested in baseball and helping his little brother improve, he completely despises going out and drinking. It’s like David’s interest for the game is rubbing off on Paul.