Slote, an expert at quick, casual sporting patter, handles a sticky subject with finesse, though with no particular insight...

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HANG TOUGH, PAUL MATHER

Slote, an expert at quick, casual sporting patter, handles a sticky subject with finesse, though with no particular insight beyond the stiff-upper-lip proposition that the same toughness that makes a boy a good pitcher will enable him to face a painful illness and the prospect of death. Paul Mather, a leukemia stricken twelve year-old who equates life with pitching, manages to fulfill his dream of helping his team to victory in the final game of the season, even though he does his bit from a wheelchair on the sidelines instead of working on the mound. If it's hard to avoid the word heart-warming, Paul's story is never maudlin, and, while this isn't aimed at every little leaguer, there's definitely an audience for this kind of inspirational treatment.

Pub Date: March 20, 1973

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Lippincott

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1973