Lupika has written books about basketball, football, but mostly baseball. I am assuming he writes the other books as he did this one, with exactly, knuckle-knawing anxiety about the end of a game, an error in a play, or a team problem. This book, however, isn't just about baseball, it's also about dreams of success in a very competitive game; about the fact that each player brings himself to the game, in addition to his baseball skills; and it includes the main theme, conflict between fathers and sons-misunderstanding in communication, love and resentment, and emotional needs of both the adult and the child. The book's tension came from the family conflicts as much as from the baseball games. I loved it!
A favorite quote: Mattie is taking note of the cafeteria in her new school: Four hundred and fifty seats. Seems like that would be enough so everybody has a place, but Mattie knows different. Knows that there can be a thousand seats and still you might not find the place you belong.
What's Next: Finishing Insurgent by Veronica Roth, then One For The Murphys by Linda Mullaly Hunt, and continue the book group with Write Beside Them by Penny Kittle. Great reading for sure!!