Gold Dust by Chris Lynch

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Baseball-loving seventh grader Richard has hopes of turning himself and the new kid, Napoleon, into the best baseball players Boston has seen since the Gold Dust Twins“As long as you have baseball on your side you can overcome anything.” Seventh grader Richard Moncreif is convinced baseball will ease newcomer Napoleon Charlie Ellis’s transition to life in Boston. Napoleon is unlike anyone he’s ever met: poised, well educated, and a cricket player from the Caribbean. Napoleon is one of the few black students at Richard’s school, where racism is pervasive. But Richard believes that he and Napoleon can get through any hardship and become the next Gold Dust Twins, just like the famous pair of Red Sox rookies from 1975. After all, Napoleon is a natural athlete, and Richard knows everything anyone could possibly know about baseball. He just needs Napoleon to play along. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Chris Lynch including rare images from the author’s personal collection. 
 

About Chris Lynch

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Chris Lynch is a National Book Award finalist and the author of many highly acclaimed books for young adults, including The Big Game of Everything, Who the Man, and the Michael L. Printz Honor Book Freewill; Iceman, Shadow boxer, Gold Dust, and Slot Machine, all ALA Best Books for Young Adults; and Extreme Elvin. He also mentors aspiring writers and teaches in the creative writing program at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
 
Published March 5, 2013 by Open Road Media Teen & Tween. 220 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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In the end, the fragile trust that grows between these two seventh graders is shattered when Richard drills Napoleon with two pitches in a row, an accident, Richard swears, but enough of a betrayal to drive Napoleon into accepting a scholarship to another school.

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Two seventh-graders begin a tenuous friendship in 1975 Boston, when the Gold Dust Twins play for the Red Sox and school busing has begun.

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