Choosing Up Sides

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Puffin Books, 2000 - Juvenile Fiction - 166 pages
12 Reviews
To Luke's father, baseball is "the devil's game" -- but to Luke, it's salvation.

Preacher's boy Luke Bledsoe is a left-hander in a right-handed world. Moved from town to town, he's spent his whole life feeling like an outsider. Until by chance he steps on a baseball field and discovers he can pitch. Really pitch. There's only one problem: his father. Reverend Bledsoe believes that the left side is the side of Satan and the baseball field is the Devil's playground. Luke has spent his whole life trying to please his father. Will he choose to give up the game he's come to love -- or turn his back on his family?

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User Review  - Camille Rowley - Goodreads

Great story for young readers (4th or 5th Grade). The author discusses the surrounding a Southern Christian church, specifically the pastor's family. The story revolves around a teenage boy who is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Angelee Coleman - Goodreads

My English class read this book. I really like all the twist and turns in the novel. Read full review


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About the author (2000)

While John H. Ritter is well known for his imaginative baseball novels for young readers, "Under the Baseball Moon "expresses his other love: music. John's first novel, "Choosing Up Sides," won the 1999 IRA Children's Book Award and was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. His subsequent novels "Over the Wall "and "The Boy Who Saved Baseball" went on to secure John's place as the preeminent writer of baseball fiction for young people. A full-time writer of German, Irish, and American Indian descent, he lives in San Diego with his wife.