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Great Booklist Review of The Pitcher

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on Great Booklist Review of The Pitcher

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The Pitcher.

Hazelgrove, William (author).

Sept. 2013. 275p. Koehler, paperback, $15.95  (9781938467592). Grades 5-8. REVIEW. First published December 12, 2013 (Booklist Online).

Ricky Hernandez, 13, can hurl a 75-miles-per-hour fastball. If only he could get it near the plate. Scraping by with a single mother suffering from lupus, Ricky is determined to show up the rich bullies, the kids who mock his Mexican heritage—all of them. But it seems like a lost cause until he meets his surly hermit neighbor, who just happens to be one-time World Series MVP Jack Langford. Soon a relationship begins between the Hernandezes and Langford, who begrudgingly agrees to give Ricky a few pointers. Mostly, though, he guzzles beer while forcing the kid to do puzzling things like throw stones at trees for weeks on end. It’s a set-up you’ve seen before—bitter, fallen hero taking on his demons via a brash upstart—but Hazelgrove negates cliché by powering straight through it and embracing the classic nature of the tale, which manages to be both modern and timeless. You can taste the ballpark dust, feel the smack of the ball in your glove, and feel assured that, somehow, these three strongly drawn characters will push on to victory.

— Daniel Kraus 

Mica Highways Free Download Today Nov 19-23

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on Mica Highways Free Download Today Nov 19-23

FREE DOWNLOAD NOV 19-23! Southern Mystery “A beautiful book.” USA Today
“Sleeping with a black man in the South is punishable by death in 1968.”
The follow up novel to Tobacco Sticks. Another Southern saga  of terror and temptation, Bestselling author William Elliott Hazelgrove’s Mica Highways is an emotion-packed novel that deftly captures the unique landscape of the American South. With its fierce vision of love, violence, and redemption, this powerfully haunting work recalls the intensity and passion of To Kill a Mockingbird and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

http://www.amazon.com/Mica-Highways-William-Elliott-Hazelgrove-ebook/dp/B005GL5KDU/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

San Francisco Review of Books Review of The Pitcher

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on San Francisco Review of Books Review of The Pitcher

Everyone has a dream. Ricky’s is to pitch for the baseball team of the high school he’ll be attending in the coming year. The Hispanic youth has a great fastball but no control, so the dream appears unlikely to come true. But then he meets The Pitcher, a former major league player who pitched his team to victory in the World Series. The Pitcher is not only gruff; he’s in mourning for his late wife and wants nothing to do with the world.

William Hazelgrove has fashioned a near classic baseball story with a few unexpected elements. Because Ricky is Mexican-American in a predominantly white and prosperous community, he faces discrimination based on his ethnicity and poverty. He’s willing to do almost anything to prove that his athletic skills are good enough, knowing that life generally gives you only one shot at success. Can he somehow convince The Pitcher to be his coach and mentor?

This novel is completely unlike Hazelgrove’s previous book, Rocket Man, but it’s engaging and uplifting. It would be a perfect story for a young athlete-to-be who needs inspiration and encouragement. Ricky demonstrates that grit and determination are essential qualities for dreamers.

Mica Highways Going Free on November 19th-23rd

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on Mica Highways Going Free on November 19th-23rd

The follow up novel to Tobacco Sticks is going free on November 19th until November 23rd.

Amazon Review http://www.amazon.com/Mica-Highways-William-Elliott-Hazelgrove-ebook/dp/B005GL5KDU/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

“This novel was a complete surprise for me. I picked it up on Sunday morning was compelled to finish it before I went to work on Monday morning. The southern ethos is beautifull developed, the characters realistic, and the plot twists are unexpected. It is, unfortunately, probably too politically incorrect for the movies, but I cast it as Jimmy Smits as Charlie Tidewater, returning to Richmond 30 years after the death of his mother, Jason Robards as Austin Turin, the mysterious grandfather, Robert Duvall as Judge Barrek, the almost archetypal aristocrat and Mary-Louise Parker as the love interest. This is a thrilling, poetic, suspenseful novel.

KDTH Inteview AM 1370 on 10/30 Wednesday The PItcher 12:30 Central

Posted by on Oct 26, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on KDTH Inteview AM 1370 on 10/30 Wednesday The PItcher 12:30 Central

Interview William Hazelgrove on The Pitcher http://www.kdth.com/

Interview WJOB 1230 AM October 30 5PM

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on Interview WJOB 1230 AM October 30 5PM

Interview on the Writing of The Pitcher on http://www.wjob1230.com/

October 30 5PM Ron Harlow Listen in! Streaming live!http://tunein.com/radio/WJOB-1230-s29941/

Book Signing Magic Tree Book Store in Oak Park Nov 7th 7PM

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on Book Signing Magic Tree Book Store in Oak Park Nov 7th 7PM

William Hazelgrove will be signing copies of his latest novel The Pitcher at Magic Tree Bookstore in Oak Park on November 7th at 7pm

Magic Tree Bookstore

141 N. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park IL, 60301 Phone: 708-848-0770 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 708-848-0770 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting Website: www.magictreebooks.com