Robert Newton Peck Extra Innings

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Extra Innings

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In order to see the future, sometimes you have to look to the past.

When a devastating plane crash kills Tate Stonemason's family and mangles his leg, the sixteen-year-old sees his dreams of playing pro baseball shatter. Now living with his great-grandfather Abbott and great-aunt Vidalia, Tate is bitter and angry, trying desperately to find a way out of his grief. Eager to help her nephew, Aunt Viddy tells him about her childhood -- her time spent with Ethiopia's Clowns, a Depression-era baseball team that traveled and lived in a purple bus. Though Tate finds solace in Aunt Viddy's powerful, joy-filled memories, he still grieves for his former life. Playing ball is all he has ever known; can there be a future without it?

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Robert Newton Peck is the best-selling author of more than sixty novels for both children and adults, including A Day No Pigs Would Die, A Part of the Sky, and the fabulously successful Soup Series. Mr. Peck lives in Longwood, FL.

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Grade 6-8-Sixteen-year-old Tate Stonemason survives the crash of a small plane that killed his parents and sister. Injuries from the crash also destroy his dream of playing baseball in the major leagues one day. Bitter and lonely, Tate is comforted by his Great-Granddad Abbott Bristol Stonemason and the man's adopted African-American daughter, Vidalia. She tells Tate of her early childhood spent with Ethiopia's Clowns, a Depression-era, all-black baseball team that barnstormed its way through the South, before she was adopted by the white Stonemason family. The long story within a story of her childhood is her legacy to the teen. After her death, he finds a reason to go on with his life, as he begins to write Vidalia's oral history. The account of the barnstorming team, getting by on a shoestring and finding kindness and hatred in the deep South, is the best part of this book. Many readers, however, will find it difficult to plow through the elaborate dialogue that can best be described as baroque. Unfortunately, Tate and his relatives seem rather remote and artificial creations. At the novel's end, readers may find it difficult to care much about the boy because they haven't gotten to know him very well.
Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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