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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Sarah Olsen | 2/3/2013

    " Great story! Good read aloud with boys! "

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