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  • ISBN: 9780358012429
  • ISBN: 0358012422
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: Boston ; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2020]

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Lazarus Weathers, a high school senior from the wrong side of the tracks, seeks to protect his half-brother while pitching his way out of poverty, one strike at a time.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 March #1
    *Starred Review* Nineteen-year-old Lazarus (Laz) Weathers and his half brother, Antonio, live with their mother in Jet City, a dilapidated trailer park in Seattle. When the boys' high school scraps its baseball program, the former coach convinces a few guys to play in the summer, among them Laz. The ragtag team goes up against other high schools in the area, and Laz's incredible pitching catches the attention of Mr. Thurman, the father of a star player at affluent Laurelhurst High. Mr. Thurman offers Laz a room in their house so that he can attend Laurelhurst, play baseball, and help his son's team win the state title (the main reason for his generosity). Itching to get out of Jet City, Laz knows this could be his chance at a better future and accepts. Just as everything seems to be going his way, including catching the eye of some major league scouts, Antonio gets into trouble, forcing Laz to weigh the value of family against getting an offer from the pros. With short, fast-paced chapters, Deuker's realistic novel pits poverty, friendship, teamwork, self-reliance, and supportive adults against wealth, privilege, overambition, and overbearing helicopter parents. Even readers who don't like baseball will be riveted to this human-interest, underdog story. Readers who still love Matt Christopher's and John Feinstein's books won't want to put this down. Grades 7-11. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Carl Deuker is a celebrated author of &;top-flight sports writing matched to uncommonly perceptive coming-of-age stories&; (Kirkus Reviews). His popular titles include Gym Candy, Payback Time, Runner, and High Heat. He was a teacher for many years in the Seattle area, where he now lives with his wife.

Subject: Baseball > Fiction.
Poverty > Fiction.
Stuttering > Fiction.
Single-parent families > Fiction.
Family life > Oregon > Seattle > Fiction.
Seattle (Wash.) > Fiction.

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