A DIFFERENT BALL GAME by Osmond Molarsky


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With his parents arrested for speaking against the government, Chilean Manolo has been sent to his aunt in California, where he misses soccer despite playing baseball in the Little League. Then Manolo happens to meet a nice man who also likes soccer and is impressed with the boy's playing--but meanwhile, though he himself does not take part in the destruction, he's caught with some boys who are vandalizing the school. Manolo's aunt is disappointed--but when she goes with him to the Hall of Justice, who should the police detective be but his soccer-playing pal! Both Detective Paulsen and the aunt believe Manolo's version of the incident, and what's more, the detective is organizing a PAL soccer league. This has more texture and feeling, and a few more elements, than the Waldman's abysmal baseball story (below), but like other Molarsky stories it's too pat to really hit home.

Pub Date: June 18th, 1979
Publisher: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan