Choosing Up Sides

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Philomel Books, 1998 - Juvenile Fiction - 166 pages
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Left-handed preacher's son Luke Bledsoe has always felt like an outsider, until he discovers he can pitch a baseball faster than anyone else, but his father says that the left is the side of Satan and that baseball is the devil's work, leaving Luke to find a new strength in his life and in himself.

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User Review  - Lukesilvera - LibraryThing

Has an interesting touch of religion but focuses on the internal struggle of the main character. Great for those students that like baseball. Also a grate time period book. Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Writing in a vivid, suspenseful style, Ritter debuts with the story of a boy coming into his own as "a thinking man." In 1921, when some religious folk believe that the left side of a person is the ... Read full review


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About the author (1998)

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.

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