Sunday, April 6, 2008


Beanball by Gene Fehler
Luke "Wizard" Wallace, a gifted high school center fielder, gets beaned by a pitch--beaned hard enough to crack his skull and cause the loss of vision in one eye. We learn about this life-changing event from different points of view: not just Luke's, but also his distraught parents, his wise coach, his shallow girlfriend, the kind girl who has a crush on him, his good friends, and the pitcher who beaned him, among others.

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sylvia vardell said...

...The narrative that unfolds weaves together the remainder of the baseball season with Luke's slow recovery process to create a riveting story, reminiscent of Mel Glenn’s verse novels, such as Jump Ball: A Basketball Season in Poems. How each character views his or her relationship with baseball and with Luke himself shifts and evolves believably, and ‘tween and teen readers will find it realistic and compelling.