MATT GARGAN'S BOY by Alfred Slote

MATT GARGAN'S BOY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Danny Gargan has all the problems you'd expect a big leaguer's son to have, and it's easy to imagine that he'd be even less sympathetic in person than he is in print. Danny is proud of the recognition he gets in Arborville for being the son of an aging all-star catcher, but he often doesn't answer the little kids who call out to him on the street and he works hard to keep his divorced mother away from eligible men -- in hopes that she and dad will some day get back together. Naturally, Danny is dismayed when a gift is given a chance to try out for his first place recreational league team Offs mother pegs him as a twelve year-old male chauvinist). But it's the prospect of his mother and the girl's attractive widowed father (he's a librarian, and Danny can't believe that either) attending games together that almost causes Danny to quit the team for good. Danny and Matt are one cautious step beyond the sunnier father-son teams Slote has given us in the past. . . nothing flashy but showing a sound grasp of the fundamentals.

Pub Date: March 17th, 1975
Page count: 158pp
Publisher: Lippincott