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The Aurora County All-Stars

  •  Starred Review, Publisher’s Weekly
  • A SIBA Book Award Finalist
  • Booksense Pick of the Lists
  • “Baseball makes a lively focus for the novel. . . . The game play and the lingo are fun, as is the rambunctious farce.” — Booklist
  • Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
  • “There”s much to savor: bubbly prose (a little girl ”twinkles” down some steps, House ”bulldozes” to a stage); a dog named Eudora Welty and a kid named Parting Schotz; a wonderfully convoluted plot involving an old man”s death ‘at the simmering time just before daybreak,’ a sheaf of Walt Whitman quotes; a Fourth of July pageant; lots of baseball lore; and a cliffhanger of an all-star game that brings the whole town together. As one character sighs, ‘It’s positively Thornton Wilder.’ But it’s Thornton Wilder on a sugar high–and that’s some high.” — The Washington Post Book World

Twelve-year-old House Jackson–star pitcher and team captain of the Aurora County All-Stars–has been sidelined for a whole sorry year with a broken elbow. He’s finally ready to play, but wouldn’t you know that the team’s only game of the year has been scheduled for the exact same time as the town’s 200th-anniversary pageant. Now House must face the pageant’s director, full-of-herself Frances Shotz (his nemesis and perpetrator of the elbow break), and get his team out of this mess. There’s also the matter of a mysterious old recluse who has died and left House a wheezy old dog named Eudora Welty–and a puzzling book of poetry by someone named Walt Whitman.

 

Through the long, hot month of June, House makes surprising and valuable discoveries about family, friendship, poetry . . . and baseball.


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