Griffiths, Sara. Thrown a curve, a novel.
Taylor is a freshman in high school and a fine baseball pitcher; and she is a girl, alone in a family with two brothers and a distant father. Her mother left them some years ago and Taylor takes the brunt of her father's anger and disapproval. He loves baseball and encourages his sons to play, but can't appreciate Taylor's skill. Her fury gets the attention of the high school guidance counselor, who encourages her to try out for the varsity baseball team. Slowly, Taylor gains some confidence as the males on the team finally give her the respect she deserves for her pitching. This confidence spills over in the rest of her life as she learns to speak directly to her father and to open up to the guidance counselor and to her friends. It isn't clear when this story is taking place, and I'm hoping it is supposed to be a long time ago, way before The Bad News Bears, for instance. (Remember Taturn O'Neal pitching in that film?) All in all, it's a fine sports story reflecting how success on the playing field can give a young person the confidence to improve her life off the field. Claire Rosser, KLIATT
J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.
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|Date:||Sep 1, 2007|
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