Tuesday, August 12, 2014

CURVEBALL The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick
(nominee for Iowa Teen 2014-15)

Book description from Amazon.com...

Sometimes life's greatest accomplishments take place off the field.

There's nothing All Star pitcher Peter Friedman loves more than baseball. It's his life. He breathes baseball, dreams about it, and works his tail off to be great. Most kids are nervous about starting high school, but Pete's amazing arm is going to make his life pretty easy.

Until freshman year doesn't turn out as planned. A pitching accident over the summer ruins his arm. If he isn't the star pitcher, then who is he? Pete's best friend and pitching partner, AJ, tells him he'll be back to his normal self by spring training. To make matters more complicated, there's something going on with Pete's grampa -- and Pete's mother doesn't want to talk about it.

The only person Pete can confide in is Angelika, the amazingly cute girl in his photography class who might like Pete as much as he likes her . . . only Angie doesn't know if she can date someone who can't be honest with himself, or with the people he's closest to.

My 25 cents...
This was a fantastic story for boys and girls.  You don't have to be a fan of baseball to appreciate the story and feel the pain (physical and emotional) that Pete feels.  It's a great story about friendship and the importance of being honest, with yourself and those that matter to you.  The side story of Pete and his grandpa also tugs at your heart as Pete has to balance keeping a secret for his Grandpa and his Grandpa's safety.  This is the same author that wrote
Notes from the Midnight Driver and Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie (and many other titles!) that many Middle School students enjoyed from our school library. 

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