Monday, September 16, 2013

Review: The Pitcher by William Hazelgrove

The Pitcher by William Hazelgrove

What a mother won't do for her son. A boy with a golden arm but no money for lessons. A mother who wants to give her son his dream before she dies. A broken down World Series pitcher who cannot go on after the death of his wife. These are the elements of The Pitcher. A story of a man at the end of his dream and a boy whose dream is to make his high school baseball team. In the tradition of The Natural and The Field of Dreams, this is a mythic story about how a man and a boy meet in the crossroads of their life and find a way to go on. You will laugh and you will cry as The Pitcher and Ricky prepare for the ultimate try out of life.

My Thoughts:
Wow. I absolutely loved this. I was surprised at how quickly I was pulled into the story. It is told from the point of view of a Mexican-American teenager whose major worry is making it onto the high school baseball team. He has a great arm but no control over his pitches, so he and his mother prevail on the reclusive Pitcher across the street to coach him. I know nothing about baseball or being a teenage boy, but it didn't matter. This is a young adult novel, but it will appeal to older readers as well. There is so much here: overcoming discrimination, heartbreak, a single mother struggling to do the best she can for her son. I was caught up in the story and couldn't put it down. A highly recommended read.

My Rating: *****
Steam Factor: !
*Notes: Strongest language is edited out.

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