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FREE BASEBALL by Sue Corbett

FREE BASEBALL

By Sue Corbett

Age Range: 9 - 12

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-525-47120-0
Publisher: Dutton

Felix and his mother escaped from Cuba when he was a baby. He now lives in hope that his father, a star baseball player, will join them someday. But his mother is strangely reticent when he asks for more information about his father. Life in Florida is difficult; his mother works long hours while attending school, leaving him feeling neglected, resentful and lonely. His one solace is baseball. Circumstance, impulse and a little strategy lead to a job as a batboy for a local minor-league baseball team. He finds friends among the players and a mentor in the team’s owner. He finally learns his father’s real story and comes to understand and appreciate his mother’s sacrifices and strength. Corbett remains carefully true to Felix’s view and interpretation of events and deftly weaves a moving coming-of-age story with a sweet, satisfying conclusion. (afterword, glossary) (Fiction. 9-12)