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The Pitcher Book of the Month Latina Book Club

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on The Pitcher Book of the Month Latina Book Club

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Ricky,       I know you are having trouble. Just remember that you can do anything you want if you put your mind to it.  Don’t worry about me.  I will always be there for you.  I will always be with you. Just take your breath and listen to what Mr. Langford tells you.  Remember I will always love you and that will never change.  You are becoming a fine young man and a great baseball player.  I couldn’t be prouder of you. Now take your breath, find your quiet space and use the gift God gave you.  I love you.        Love you forever,                 Mom        P.S.  Take your breath!”

THE PITCHER is destined to become a classic. It is well-written, funny, heart-warming, engaging, easy to read, romantic and uplifting. On the surface this story may seem to be all about baseball and pitchers, but it’s more than that. THE PITCHER, a Junior Library Guild Selection, is about a loving and determined Hispanic mother who will endure anything and survive everything for the love of her child and his right to fulfill his dreams; it’s about overcoming prejudice and poverty; it’s about second chances; and most of all, it’s about learning to believe in yourself.
Book Summary: 14-year-old Ricky Hernandez is about to enter high school and wants a spot on the school baseball team. The problem is his wild pitching arm. He can throw super fast but he has no control over it. Just like he has no control over his ex-father who continues to barge in and steal what little money they have; nor his grandmother’s fears of deportation; nor the rival pitcher who continually bullies him; nor his mother’s deteriorating ill health. Ricky longs for some helpful tips from another pitcher, like a World Series pitcher and MVP Jack Langford, who just happens to live next door, but Jack wants to be left alone. In fact, all anybody ever sees are his feet at the bottom of the garage door which is always down.
However, Jack doesn’t count on Maria Hernandez. She is a dynamo and will not take no for an answer, even if it means confronting a curmudgeon in his man-cave and forcing him into the light. Yet even with the MLB pitcher finally coaching him, Ricky can’t seem to find his zone. And when his mother’s health takes a turn for the worse nothing seems to matter anymore and certainly not some stupid baseball game. But Maria will not let him quit and from her hospital bed she encourages her son to prove himself and win. There is the obligatory“win this one for the coach” scene, but it rings true. And the ending is inspiring and joyful as any reader could wish.###

 

Interview Tomorrow Morning 10/15 WCEM 9AM Central

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on Interview Tomorrow Morning 10/15 WCEM 9AM Central

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Andersons Book Signing in Naperville Thursday October 17 7PM

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on Andersons Book Signing in Naperville Thursday October 17 7PM

William Hazelgrove will be reading and signing his new novel The Pitcher. A Junior Library Guild Pick the story of a Mexican American boy with a golden arm and a broken down World Series Pitcher who coaches him has received rave reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, School Library Journal.

WCMY Interview Tomorrow 10/09 9 15 AM The Pitcher

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on WCMY Interview Tomorrow 10/09 9 15 AM The Pitcher

William Hazelgrove discusses his latest novel The Pitcher the story of a Mexican American boy with a golden arm and a broken down World Series pitcher who coaches him to make the highschool team.

 

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Book Signing Townhouse Books 11-2 This Saturday 10/12

Posted by on Oct 8, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on Book Signing Townhouse Books 11-2 This Saturday 10/12

Book signing at Townhouse books http://www.townhousebooks.com/

St Charles IL for the The Pitcher 11-2

People Magazine Review of Tobacco Sticks

Posted by on Oct 5, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on People Magazine Review of Tobacco Sticks

Richmond, Va., on the edge of sweeping political and social changes in the summer of 1945, is the setting for this poignant story narrated by 12-year-old Lee Hartwell, whose coming of age coincides with upheavals in his family and society following World War II.
Union organizers and the Second District Negro Democrats, led by an educated black man from the North, Silas Jackson, are backing a candidate against the incumbent Senator Herrin, an unbeatable good ol’ boy who has held the seat for 15 years. Lee’s father, Burke, is the senator’s campaign manager and a fixture among the city’s upper crust until he takes on the case of a young black woman (raised by his housekeeper) who is accused of grand larceny and prosecuted because of her involvement with Silas Jackson. While his characters seem familiar (the all-wise black housekeeper, the crooked politician, the brilliant lawyer who puts ethics above all), Hazel-grove—author of a prizewinning first novel, Ripples—uses them effectively to capture the sensibility of the postwar South. The result is a spirited saga of a family and an incident that effectively mirrors a time and a place. (Pantonne Press, $18.95)

The Pitcher Book of the Month For Latina Book Club

Posted by on Oct 5, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on The Pitcher Book of the Month For Latina Book Club

Ricky,       I know you are having trouble. Just remember that you can do anything you want if you put your mind to it.  Don’t worry about me.  I will always be there for you.  I will always be with you. Just take your breath and listen to what Mr. Langford tells you.  Remember I will always love you and that will never change.  You are becoming a fine young man and a great baseball player.  I couldn’t be prouder of you. Now take your breath, find your quiet space and use the gift God gave you.  I love you.        Love you forever,                 Mom        P.S.  Take your breath!”

THE PITCHER is destined to become a classic.  It is well-written, funny, heart-warming, engaging, easy to read, romantic and uplifting. On the surface this story may seem to be all about baseball and pitchers, but it’s more than that. THE PITCHER, a Junior Library Guild Selection, is about a loving and determined Hispanic mother who will endure anything and survive everything for the love of her child and his right to fulfill his dreams; it’s about overcoming prejudice and poverty; it’s about second chances; and most of all, it’s about learning to believe in yourself.
Book Summary: 14-year-old Ricky Hernandez is about to enter high school and wants a spot on the school baseball team. The problem is his wild pitching arm. He can throw super fast but he has no control over it. Just like he has no control over his ex-father who continues to barge in and steal what little money they have; nor his grandmother’s fears of deportation; nor the rival pitcher who continually bullies him; nor his mother’s deteriorating ill health. Ricky longs for some helpful tips from another pitcher, like a World Series pitcher and MVP Jack Langford, who just happens to live next door, but Jack wants to be left alone. In fact, all anybody ever sees are his feet at the bottom of the garage door which is always down.
However, Jack doesn’t count on Maria Hernandez. She is a dynamo and will not take no for an answer, even if it means confronting a curmudgeon in his man-cave and forcing him into the light. Yet even with the MLB pitcher finally coaching him, Ricky can’t seem to find his zone. And when his mother’s health takes a turn for the worse nothing seems to matter anymore and certainly not some stupid baseball game. But Maria will not let him quit and from her hospital bed she encourages her son to prove himself and win. There is the obligatory“win this one for the coach” scene, but it rings true. And the ending is inspiring and joyful as any reader could wish.###