Baseball. I'm very good at baseball. Baseball is the only part of my life I have any control over. Baseball is the only reason I'm still in school.
Problem: I'm not out on the field. I'm in here. There's no way you can think about baseball when your body's trapped in a hard chair in a quiet room, and you can't move at all. When you can't feel the shock of the bat running up your arm into your shoulder. When you can't feel the whump! of the ball in your glove.
When the girl you've been in love with since seventh grade walked off mad, and as usual she's going to stay that way till you crawl like a dog.
In this new novel from the acclaimed author of Damage, Colt Trammel's life is falling apart. His girlfriend has dumped him (again), and his mother has told him that unless he can raise his GPA to a C, she won't let him play baseball anymore. The next six weeks will test Colt in a way he's never been tested before, and how he gets through them is hilarious, poignant, and powerfully believable.
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A. M. Jenkins is the award-winning author of Damage, Beating heart: A Ghost Story, and the Printz Honor Book Repossessed, and lives in Benbrook, Texas, with three sons, two cats, and two dogs. Jenkins received the PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship for night road.From School Library Journal:
Grade 8 Up-In his sophomore year at his Texas high school, Colt Trammel feels that he's reached the top. After all, he's a baseball star and a leading jock, and he's part of the school's elite social group. Not that there aren't problems: Colt hates school (thanks largely to an undiagnosed learning disability), and his grades are so bad that his sports eligibility is in danger. Added to the mix are problems with his beautiful and brainy girlfriend, who stays rather prim during their makeout sessions. When a girl with green hair transfers to his high school, Colt is disconcerted by the fact that he finds her interesting when the school social code dictates that he should ignore her. Corrine ends up tutoring Colt in English and by the end of the novel they've formed an unlikely friendship. She manages to see that Colt is a good guy underneath his aggressive surface, and he comes to respect her independent spirit. The best part of this novel is the portrait of Colt. Every part rings true, from his rough language and obsession with sex to his need to act cool at all costs. It's also a very funny portrait, without ever lapsing into stereotypes or becoming too broad. Readers looking for a dead-on look at high school will enjoy this novel.
Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL
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