Friday, May 18, 2012

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip

This is the newest book by Jordan Sonnenblick, author of Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie and other fabulous books.  Curveball has the same energy and tone as the others as Sonnenblick's characters face life's disasters with humor and sensitivity.

Peter Friedman loves baseball.  He and his best friend AJ have been pitching and catching on the same team since they were kids, but just as they are on the cusp of what they know will be their brilliant high school careers, Peter faces a devastating injury that will impact his ability to play baseball forever.

But he does have one more thing going for him, photography.  Peter's grandfather has been sharing his love of photography with him his whole life, and the two are close friends beyond the lens.  One day on a photography trip something strange happens to Gramps.  It's like he's just gone for a few minutes, and things get worse from there.

So instead of starting high school on a high Peter is beginning with the specter of his injury and his worries about Gramps hanging over him.

Even with all this, there is Angelika, the really cute girl who keeps flirting with him and the hope of something other than baseball to love.

Will Peter be able to handle life's curveball, or will completely lose his grip?  Read the book to find out!

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