Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Book Release: THE PITCHER

Happy release day to THE PITCHER by William Hazelgrove! If you like heartwarming contemporary fiction, you’ll love this novel geared for people of all ages, not just young adult.

Author:  William Hazelgrove
Genre:  YA Contemporary
Publisher:  K√∂ehler Books
Release Date:  September 3, 2013
Format:  Paperback and eBook

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Book Description:
A boy with a golden arm but no money for lessons. A mother who wants to give her son his dream before she dies. A broken down World Series pitcher who cannot go on after the death of his wife. These are the elements of The Pitcher. A story of a man at the end of his dream and a boy whose dream is to make his high school baseball team. In the tradition of The Natural and The Field of Dreams, this is a mythic story about how a man and a boy meet in the crossroads of their life and find a way to go on. You will laugh and you will cry as The Pitcher and Ricky prepare for the ultimate try out of life.

“I never knew I had an arm until this guy called out, “Hey you want to try and get a ball in the hole, sonny?” I was only nine, but mom said, “come on, let’s play.” This Carney guy with no teeth and a fuming cigarette hands me five blue rubber balls and says if I throw three in the hole we win a prize. He’s grinning, because he took mom’s five bucks and figures a sucker is born every minute. That really got me, because we didn’t have any money after Fernando took off, and he only comes back to beat up mom and steal our money. So I really wanted to get mom back something, you know, for her five bucks.”

Praise for THE PITCHER:

“An engaging, well written sports story with plenty of human drama--this one is a solid hit.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

"Readers will be rooting for underdog Ricky every time he steps onto the mound and tries to control his wild pitch. With tense moments, unexpected twists, and a few humorous and joyful reprieves, Hazelgrove's writing reflects the dramatic arc of a baseball game. Will appeal to baseball players and fans, as well as anyone who has experienced the intensity of tryouts or a high-stakes game." ~ Junior Library Guild

“Hazelgrove writes with warmth and feeling, his characters richly drawn, moving and evocative of its time.” ~ Booklist

“American Fiction is not dead . . . Hazelgrove has skillfully revived it.” ~ Library Journal

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