Hard Hit

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Thorndike Press, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 112 pages
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Mike, 16, has the perfect life-star baseball player, cute girlfriend, and loyal best friend-until the phone call that turns his life upside down. His father has pancreatic cancer. While his friends continue to live their lives, time stands still for Mike. His dad suffers through and begins the wasting away that cancer causes. A short period of remission brings a brief period of celebration. In the end, however, Mike finds that his bargains with God and his attempts to get along better with his sister are all for naught. His father dies and he must find a way to go on with his life.

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Fans of The Crossover will love this as well, though eerily similar. Very unique in its realistic inclusion of a young man's faith. Read full review

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AMAZING! But, Very sad. Read full review

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Ann Turner is the author of many acclaimed novels, picture books, and poetry collections, among them the novel "A Hunter Comes Home", an ALA Notable Children's Book; "Rosemary's Witch", a School Library Journal Best Book; and her two poetry books, "A Lion's Hunger" and "Learning to Swim", both ALA Best Books for Young Adults. Ann Turner's historical picture books include "Abe Lincoln Remembers", an NCSS/CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies; "When Mr. Jefferson Came to Philadelphia"; "Drummer Boy"; and "Nettie's Trip South". Among her other picture books are "Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies", a Reading Rainbow selection, and "Dakota Dugout", an ALA Notable Children's Book. Ms. Turner lives in Williamsburg, Massachusetts, with her husband and two children.