Beanball by Gene Fehler

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It's the last inning of a high school baseball game between arch-rivals Oak Grove and Compton. Center fielder Luke "Wizard" Wallace steps up to the plate--and is hit by a beanball, a wild pitch that shatters his skull, destroys the vision in his left eye, and changes his life forever.
   In this riveting novel, the events surrounding this pivotal moment are recounted through free-verse monologues by 28 different voices, including those of Luke and his Oak Grove teammates; the pitcher, Kyle Dawkins, and other Compton players; the two coaches; Luke's family members and teachers; and Sarah Edgerton, a new classmate who seems more affected by Luke's injury than his girlfriend is.
   With its unusual format, gripping subject matter, and economy of language, Beanball is a thought-provoking, fast-paced read.


About Gene Fehler

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Gene Fehler is a widely-published and anthologized poet whose work has appeared in children's books, poetry collections, and college textbooks. He is also the author of five books, including two adult nonfiction titles about baseball's golden age. He lives in Seneca, South Carolina.
Published February 18, 2008 by Clarion Books. 133 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Fehler employs the voices of Luke, his family, teammates, opposing team members, coaches, friends and more to tell the story of the injury and its aftermath.

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What we discover is that this event has a far bigger impact than just what happens to Luke, but many others -- including some who weren't even there — are dramatically impacted by what happens.

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