Choosing Up Sides

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Philomel Books, 1998 - Juvenile Fiction - 166 pages
16 Reviews
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  - Kent Hemphill - Goodreads

Another juvenile fiction book, but when it's about baseball who cares. It takes me back to my childhood days. Plus I'm still a kid at heart. It's one for the lefties out there (Kevin). Read full review

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User Review  - Jack Tracy - Goodreads

This book was a interesting story of pure god given talent. Luke is the son of a preacher who is against any type of sports. He has just moved to Ohio because of his father's job. He was walking home ... 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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