Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Six Innings: A Game in the Life by James Preller
A book about baseball . . . and so much more. Two little league teams, Earl Grubb's Pool Supplies and Northeast Gas & Electric, are in the championship game. The players are twenty four baseball loving boys, age eleven to thirteen. Inning by inning, play by play, the game unfolds before us, tense and exciting. I could almost taste the hot dogs and sunflower seeds as I read it! But there's more to this story than the pitches, hits, and runs. Preller takes us, not just play by play, but boy by boy, inside their individual lives, which are so varied from each other yet full of similar triumphs and heartaches. Baseball fans will enjoy the intricate knowledge of the game the author shows throughout the book. But it's the life stories of these young boys that make this a worthwhile read. Find it in Juvenile Fiction, under Preller, 143 pages short.