House Jackson, age twelve, star pitcher and team captain of
the Aurora County All-Stars, has a secret. For the past year, while sidelined
with a broken elbow, he has spent every afternoon at the bedside of a
mysterious old man the other kids call Mean-Man Boyd—and he doesn't want anyone
Now House is finally ready to play ball again, but his
team’s biggest (and ONLY) game of the year might be canceled, thanks to the
very girl who caused his broken elbow. It’s almost too much to bear. But in the
standoff that ensues, House finds a courage he didn’t know he possessed—and
discovers that just about everyone in Aurora County, Mississippi, has a secret.
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