Stumptown Kid

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Peachtree, 2005 - Juvenile Fiction - 224 pages
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The moving story of an unlikely friendship between a young white boy and a black baseball player set against the dramatic backdrop of turbulent race relations in 1950s America. Twelve-year-old Charlie Nebraska wants two things he can?t have: to make the local Wildcats Baseball team and for life to return the way it was before his father died two years earlier in the Korean War. Then Charlie meets Luther Peale, a stranger who quietly and mysteriously arrives in the small town of Holden, Iowa, and sets up camp near the river. Luther is an injured former Negro Baseball League player, and Charlie loves baseball. The two strike up a friendship and Luther agrees to coach Charlie's fledgling neighborhood baseball team for a game against the Wildcats. But many of Holden's white residents are suspicious of Luther because of his skin color. And when Charlie inadvertently reveals a secret of Luther?s, violence erupts in the town and both Luther and Charlie are drawn into serious danger. Authors Carol Gorman and Ron Findley have created two highly memorable, emotionally complex characters in this dramatic story that illustrates the meanings of friendship, prejudice, and heroism.

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User Review  - Kennedi Seals - Goodreads

My whole grade had to read this book and you could tell everyone was listening and waiting for what would happen next. Read full review

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My whole grade had to read this book and you could tell everyone was listening and waiting for what would happen next. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
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Section 3
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CAROL GORMAN is the author of more than a dozen award-winning books for kids, including Stumptown Kid, The Marvelous Makeover Of Lizard Flanagan, Dork In Disguise, Dork On The Run and A Midsummer Night's Dork. She is a former middle school teacher and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa. She lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

RON J. FINDLEY has been involved in baseball since he was a boy growing up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. As a child he says he was always looking for a sandlot baseball game, and many of the ideas for Stumptown Kid are based on his memories of that time. He has coached youth football, baseball, and softball teams for many years and still lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.