27. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Leslie, Teen Books

Curveball: the Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick, 285 pages, read by Leslie, on 06/22/2013

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip

After an injury ends former star pitcher Peter Friedman’s athletic dreams, he concentrates on photography which leads him to a girlfriend, new fame as a high school sports photographer, and a deeper relationship with the beloved grandfather who, when he realizes he’s becoming senile, gives Pete all of his professional camera gear.

This is a great cautionary tale told in a way to appeal to kids in 5th grade on up.  Pete thinks he can wait until the end of the season to tell his parents about his elbow. He thinks if he tells his best friend the truth about his never playing ball again, that he will lose his best friend.  He thinks that if he tells his parents about his grandfather’s troubles, that his grandfather might not trust him.  What Pete learns in the end, as well as his parents, that talking to your friends and families about issues and troubles could prevent a lot of heartache in the future.  He also learned that love transcends it all.  Highly recommendable book.

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