Hard Hit by Ann Turner

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As she did in her groundbreaking memoir, Learning to Swim, Turner takes on a tough subject through luminous poetry. The result is a shattering and healing journey through one boy's loss of a parent.

As the pitcher on his HS team, Mark lives and breathes baseball. Sure, there's pressure from his coach and his dad, who both push him hard, but it's nothing that time with his buddy, Eddie, or with his crush, Diane, can't diffuse. But all that changes when Mark's dad is diagnosed with cancer, and everything Mark has ever believed in--love, God, and baseball--is called into question.

This profoundly affecting novel in verse traces the physical and emotional journey of a boy in crisis, and all the requisite emotions--anger, denial, fear, bargaining, sadness, & acceptance--that accompany loss.
 

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Turner lives with her husband, Richard, and their two children, Benjamin and Charlotte. Wendell Minor is the award-winning illustrator of dozens of Wendell Minor is the award-winning illustrator of dozens of picture books, including his own "Yankee Doodle America", Ropicture books, including his own "Yankee Doodle America", Robert Burleigh's "Into the Woods", and "Reaching for the Moonbert Burleigh's "Into the Woods", and "Reaching for the Moon", written by Buzz Aldrin. Mr. Minor's work can be found in ", written by Buzz Aldrin. Mr. Minor's work can be found in the permanent collections of such institutions as the Eric Cthe permanent collections of such institutions as the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Library of Congress.arle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Library of Congress. He lives with his wife, Florence, in Washington, Connecticu He lives with his wife, Florence, in Washington, Connecticut. Visit Wendell Minor at www.minorart.com. t. Visit Wendell Minor at www.minorart.com.
 
Published January 1, 2006 by Scholastic Press. 128 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Sports & Outdoors. Fiction

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Mark Warren’s world is about to be turned upside down by his father’s sudden diagnosis of cancer in this novel written in a spare, masterful sequence of poems.

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His father instilled in him his love for the game, and they play catch often, his father urging him to throw faster, throw harder.

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