Luke Bledsoe has a wicked fastball. But he
shouldn’t be pitching, or even playing ball—especially not left-handed. That’s
the side of the devil, says his pa‚ a fundamentalist preacher. But Luke’s
new-found friends and left-handed uncle say he’s blessed with God-given talent.
Luke doesn’t know who to believe anymore. All his life, this young teen’s been
trying to please his pa. Now it’s time to sort out what he wants for himself.
To do so, Luke will need the same steely determination he calls up when running
for home plate. But what about his pa? Can Luke’s father balance his strict
interpretation of good and evil with the love and encouragement his son needs?
Heller’s narration of this powerful first novel by John H. Ritter captures
young listeners and keeps them riveted until the startling conclusion. Also included is
an interview with Ritter, recipient of the Judy Blume Award for contemporary
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