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Outstanding Junior Library Guild Review of The Pitcher

Posted by on Jul 12, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on Outstanding Junior Library Guild Review of The Pitcher

  • Readers will be rooting for underdog Ricky every time he steps onto the mound and tries to control his wild pitch. Baseball becomes a metaphor for the characters’ many challenges. For example, “The Pitcher” Jack Langford advises Ricky, a Hispanic teen with dyslexia: “’You are all alone on the mound and it’s all stacked against you. You gotta prove yourself with every pitch.’”

William Hazelgrove examines the culture of youth sports. Ricky faces ongoing discrimination from parents, coaches, and other kids, including bully Eric, who is also trying out for freshman-team pitcher and taunts Ricky: “’But look, just try and do well in the batting practice. I mean you have all that experience, man, swatting piñatas . . . right?’”

  • Though often gruff and surly, Jack develops into an unlikely father figure for Ricky. When Ricky curses at practice, for instance, Jack reprimands him, saying, “don’t do it around me. I got delicate ears.”With tense moments, unexpected twists, and a few humorous and joyful reprieves, Hazelgrove’s writing reflects the dramatic arc of a baseball game.

This book will appeal to baseball players and fans, as well as anyone who has experienced the intensity of tryouts or a high-stakes game: “I walk up to home plate with my heart thumping and my hands sweaty. I tap the rubber with my bat, then snatch up some dirt and rub it into my gloves. Eric grins on the mound.”

1570 AM Wilo radio interview 7/10 4pm Eastern

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on 1570 AM Wilo radio interview 7/10 4pm Eastern

Rocket Man and the upside down American Dream http://www.clintoncountydailynews.com/party-line/

KDTH Interview 07/9 12:30 Central. Rocket Man.

Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on KDTH Interview 07/9 12:30 Central. Rocket Man.

Interview tomorrow http://www.kdth.com/ Rocket Man and the Upside Down American Dream

12:30 Central. 07/09/2013

The Pitcher Chosen by the Junior Library Guild for Fall

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on The Pitcher Chosen by the Junior Library Guild for Fall

Junior Library Guild picks the best books before they are published. So it’s no surprise that many of them go on to win major literary awards and honors or are named to state award lists after publication. We’re proud of the prominence these titles have achieved, and we are very pleased to share that information with you.  http://www.juniorlibraryguild.com/

IROCFM San Francisco Interview

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on IROCFM San Francisco Interview

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WMTR Camden NJ Interview June 23 9:30 Central

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on WMTR Camden NJ Interview June 23 9:30 Central

Radion Interview Rocket Man 9:30 AM Upside Down American Dream http://shar.es/xygWh via @sharethis