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The Pitcher Number One in Hispanic Lit and Baseball

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on The Pitcher Number One in Hispanic Lit and Baseball

Chicago, IL ., August 27, 2013 – (PressReleasePoint) – The Junior Library Guild Selection for 2013 is now number one in baseball books on Amazon for promotional titles. William Hazelgrove’s The Pitcher due out in September is on a free download promotion until Friday. http://www.amazon.com/The-Pitcher-ebook/dp/B00DMOO3RM/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=
The free download builds awareness for new titles and the story of a Mexican American boy with a golden arm and a broken down World Series Pitcher is taking off after a rave review from Kirkus, ” An engaging, well written, sports story with plenty of human drama–this one is a solid hit”  https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/william-elliott-hazelgrove/the-pitcher/ After glowing reviews on Amazon this coudl be the feel good hit of the fall.
Touching on issues of immigration The Pitcher has caught on in the Hispanic community and rests at number one for Hispanic Literature. William Hazelgroves other title Rocket Man is also on a free download until Friday August 30 and is #1 in Humorous fiction. http://www.amazon.com/Rocket-Man-ebook/dp/B00BLBOL0C/ref=pd_sim_sbs_kstore_3

THE PITCHER IS NOW A FREE DOWNLOAD ON AMAZON!

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on THE PITCHER IS NOW A FREE DOWNLOAD ON AMAZON!

The Pitcher is now a free download on Amazon for the four days. This is a one time offer to read the the Junior Library Guild Selection for 2013 about a Mexican American boy with a golden arm and a broken down World Series Pitcher who coaches him to make the highschool team. http://www.amazon.com/The-Pitcher-William-Elliott-Hazelgrove/dp/1938467590 The Pitcher has received a rave review from Kirkus “This one is a solid hit.” http://williamhazelgrove.com/kirkus-reviews-gives-major-league-praise-to-hazelgroves-the-pitcher/

So go download your copy of the feel good baseball story of the season!

Free Kindle Download of The Pitcher Aug 24-31

Posted by on Aug 22, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on Free Kindle Download of The Pitcher Aug 24-31

http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/free-kindle-download-william-hazelgroves-pitcher-august-24-31“>Free Kindle Download of William Hazelgrove&amp;#039;s The Pitcher August 24-31</a>

The Guy Who Reviews Sport Books: The Pitcher

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in EH-Attic, General News | Comments Off on The Guy Who Reviews Sport Books: The Pitcher

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Kirkus Reviews Gives Major League Praise to Hazelgrove’s “The Pitcher”

Posted by on Aug 15, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on Kirkus Reviews Gives Major League Praise to Hazelgrove’s “The Pitcher”

VIRGINIA BEACH — Kirkus Reviews has given an excellent review and endorsement of William Hazelgrove’s The Pitcher.” It is the story of Ricky, a teenage Latino with a rocket arm who is taught to pitch by a burned out former Major League Baseball pitcher. This title launches September 1 and is available online in print and ebook.

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“An engaging, well-written sports story with plenty of human drama—this one is a solid hit. (Fiction. 12 & up)”

 

9781938467592Kirkus Reviews

www.kirkusreviews.com THE PITCHER Author: William Elliott Hazelgrove

Review Issue Date: September 1, 2013 Online Publish Date: August 15, 2013 Publisher:Koehler Books Pages: 252 Price ( Paperback ): $15.95 Publication Date: September 1, 2013 ISBN ( Paperback ): 978-1-938467-59-2 Category: Fiction

Hazelgrove knits a host of social issues into a difficult but believable tale in which junior high–age Ricky has a gift: He can throw a mean fastball.

Although the story opens with triumph—young Ricky surprises and impresses a carnival barker with his pitching—success generally proves elusive for this son of undocumented immigrants. With an abusive, mostly absent father and racially motivated bullying by teammates and adults, it’s not just Ricky’s pitching in need of a change-up. His supportive, spitfire, Latina mother is seriously ill and without health insurance, his goal of making the high school team is increasingly unlikely, and the litany of obstacles appears otherwise unending. Class issues? Check. Dyslexia? You bet. But Ricky’s first-person voice is entertaining and unflinching; when a drunk, ex-pro pitcher offers surprising assistance, the youngster notes that “we are equipped to handle all the bad shit, you know. But good things are a little trickier.” Given the gritty portrayal of can’t-catch-a-break lives and the cruelty and kindness of people young and old, sophisticated readers might balk at a somewhat implausible solution when Ricky is thrown one final curve before tryouts. But no one will really mind—this kid deserves  a break.

Top Amazon reviewer gives The Pitcher Five Stars

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on Top Amazon reviewer gives The Pitcher Five Stars

Grady Harp one of the top fifty Amazon reviewers just gave The Pitcher a five star review.

William Hazelgrove continues to `bat a thousand’ with this, his latest impressive novel, THE PITCHER. He so very well understands a child’s point of view and the adult response and all the friction, love, agony, passion, and joy and disappointment that the interaction between these apparent poles implies. He has the gift of writing honestly and with utter conviction about relationships between youngsters and adults, showing us the true proximity between the nascent mind yearning for the seasoning of the adult and the polar end of the adult who dreams of the innocence of childhood. He makes it magical, he makes is real, he makes it immensely satisfying to read.
Hazelgrove takes on a new topic in this book – the immigration and education and conflicts that face the Hispanic population in this country, acknowledging the racial prejudices from both sides of that too high border, and yet dealing with those issues with the same sensitivity that propels all the stories of his novels. This is a timely book that embraces America’s favorite pastime (baseball), the struggle of Mexican families both from within and from the outside, the shell of once famous people who lose career and loved ones and bury themselves in attempting to forget by what ever measures, the shaky strength of single parent households, and the germ of following dreams to their promise of success.
Very briefly, THE PITCHER relates the tale of a young Mexican lad who has the gift of a pitcher’s arm, but seems unable to achieve entry into the high school level baseball team because of his questionable legal status of immigration. His mother, stricken with lupus erythematosis, is determined to help her son become a famous baseball player, knowng that he needs professional coaching, and after much negotiation engages the mysterious old ex-pitcher across the street – a man of great fame who lives in his garage unable to recover from his ended career and the loss of his wife. How the drive of the boy, the even stronger motivation of the mother, and the gradual coming out of his shell of the Pitcher meet to achieve resolution of their dreams and create a transformation of their lives is the theme that plays well to the last page.
William Hazelgrove continues to entertain and inspire with each new book. He has that ability to see the intricacies of human interaction and express them in a way that makes his ideas and the telling of those ideas completely visible. Grady Harp, August 13