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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (197 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John H. Ritter Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781464035999
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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?

Johnny 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 fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Artful, subtle expression may be found in the author’s depiction of local color and metaphors mostly having to do with fishing and hunting.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Cleverly told in a colloquial first-person twang, this thoughtful tale of authority questioned and dreams denied will be real enough to many readers.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Vivid, suspenseful…Luke’s emotions are meticulously conveyed, and Ritter avoids making the boy’s father a one-dimensional villain, showing his troubled, conflicted psychological make-up. No ordinary baseball book, this is a rare first novel.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 8/8/2013

    " So frustratingly fabulous. The ending left my mouth hanging open. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 3/3/2013

    " Great story about the discrimination of left-handed people in the 1900s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chante | 2/27/2013

    " The struggles of a "sinister" boy who is left-handed. Very intriguing storyline... Very excellent book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Olsen | 2/3/2013

    " Great story! Good read aloud with boys! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaxson | 1/25/2013

    " I'd recommend this book to anyone. It was amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 12/16/2012

    " It is called its title because Luke has to decide whether he wants to be Christian, or on the "Devils Side." I do not like how this book is all Christian. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kallee | 11/17/2012

    " It was OK very intresting story though and an unpredictable ending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Connor | 9/4/2012

    " This ending is so bad! if i could rate with negative stars, i'd give this book a negative three. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabriel Valdivias | 8/7/2012

    " It is an interesting book. Even for someone that is not in to sports. It will make you laugh and even groan at some parts, but this book is one that should really be in a young readers collection. It has segregation, old school religious values, and just topics that are not really covered today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 8/3/2012

    " Such a good book! It almost made me cry. It totally sucked me in to the time period and Luke's life...and then, when I thought I had the ending all figured out, it actually surprised. Sad, but fun and funny at times as well. A great thinker book but also good for children. I say yay for this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 6/26/2012

    " Religious superstition and a boy's drive to use his gifts combine in a blow-me-away ending I'll never forget. Highly recommended, quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 N | 6/8/2012

    " I read this book a long time ago, but I remember loving it because I am left-handed. My father was left-handed too, but he grew up in a time when they looked down on southpaws. This is a great book not just about baseball (though I'm not a fan) but being yourself. Great for tweens, teens, and older. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 2 Alex E | 4/13/2012

    " I thought the book was a good book but there was an excessive amount of fighting over one topic throughout the book. "

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About the Author
Author John H. Ritter

John H. Ritter grew up playing “good ol’ country hardball” in the hills of eastern San Diego County. Out on the field he would invent stories about the game—stories that, years later, would end up becoming award-winning novels for young adults. His novels have secured his place as one of the preeminent writers of baseball fiction for young people. He lives with his wife on the Kauai, Hawii.

About the Narrator

Johnny Heller, a two-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award, was named a top voice of 2008 and 2009 and selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine. His adult and children’s book narrations have earned him thirty-five AudioFile Earphones Awards.