MY 13TH SEASON by Kristi Roberts


Age Range: 10 - 14


Fran and her father had a close relationship that revolved around their mutual love of baseball. When Fran’s mother died, her father withdrew into a grief so encompassing that she felt she had lost him as well. She’s now on a team with a bitter, cruel coach who hates having to coach a girl. Her teammates taunt her and she’s ready to quit. In a frightening, surreal incident, the coach actually tries to injure her. Although there are people in her life who would help her, she’s reluctant to accept their support, instead withdrawing into a fantasy life or opting for actions that make the situations worse. Fran is a complex character and the plot is intense and well constructed. The conclusion hits just the right note, allowing new happiness and the promise of more. (Fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-8050-7495-3
Page count: 162pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2005


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