One-Handed Catch

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Macmillan, Sep 19, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 248 pages
14 Reviews
Not even losing his hand can keep Norm from trying out for the baseball team What would life be like with only one hand? That's exactly what eleven-year-old Norm finds out when he loses his left hand in an accident at his family's store. It's July 4, 1946. World War II has ended, and life is getting back to normal. But for Norm, the pressing question now is whether he will ever be able to play baseball again, or be an artist. It's up to Norm to find the strength to get beyond this roadblock and move on with his life.
Set against the quickening pace of life after wartime constraints, this inspiring novel is about an optimist who overcomes his misfortune with discipline and humor--and fulfills his dreams in ways no one could have expected.
 

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User Review  - agrudzien - LibraryThing

Norm has dreamed of becoming a great baseball player since he could throw a ball. An accident with his dad's meat grinder quickly makes that dream much more difficult to achieve - but not impossible ... Read full review

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User Review  - ewyatt - LibraryThing

I liked this sweet story about determination in the face of adversity. I came to care about Norm and admire him as he moved through the year in his life after an accident that resulted in his hand ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
13
Section 4
23
Section 5
33
Section 6
42
Section 7
45
Section 8
19
Section 13
125
Section 14
139
Section 15
153
Section 16
163
Section 17
173
Section 18
185
Section 19
195
Section 20
209

Section 9
29
Section 10
1
Section 11
103
Section 12
117
Section 21
217
Section 22
227
Section 23
245
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About the author (2006)

M.J. Auch is the award-winning author of Guitar Boy, Wing Nut and numerous other books for young readers. Books were a part of M.J.’s life from an early age; her mother was a second grade teacher who always made sure there were plenty of books in the house. M.J. now lives on a small farm in upstate NY with her husband and co-illustrator, Herm, and their two dogs, Sophie and Zeke.