fp February 2008
from Houghton Mifflin...
It's the last inning of a high school baseball game between arch-rivals Oak Grove and Compton. Center fielder Luke 'Wizard' Wallace steps up to the plate - and is hit by a beanball, a wild pitch that shatters his skull, destroys the vision in his left eye, and changes his life forever.
In this riveting novel, the events surrounding this pivotal moment are recounted through free-verse monologues by 28 different voices, including those of Luke and his Oak Grove team mates; the pitcher, Kyle Dawkins, and other Compton players; the two coaches; Luke's family members and teachers; and Sarah Edgerton, a new classmate who seems more affected by Luke's injury than his girlfriend is. With its unusual format, gripping subject matter, and economy of language, Beanball is a thought-provoking, fast-paced read.
If you have read this verse novel and would like to share your opinion of it with other readers please send your review or comments to YARR-A