High Heat by Carl Deuker

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Like the game of baseball, life is quirky and unpredictable, as Shane Hunter discovers in the spring of his sophomore year. Suddenly and without warning his life of privilege is turned upside down. And just as suddenly, life begins to seem utterly without fairness or purpose to him.
Exciting, well-written sports scenes transport readers right into the stands while complex issues engage their hearts and minds. For here is a novel of loss, of morality, and of the rare, redemptive power of baseball. Can speaking the truth really determine lives? Just how does one accept, move on, and begin doing the right thing?

About Carl Deuker

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Carl Deuker is described as “a rising young star in psychological sports fiction” by Jim Trelease in The Read-Aloud Handbook. He is the author of three sports novels, On the Devil's Court, Heart of a Champion, and Painting the Black, all of which were selected as ALA Best Books for Young Adults.
Published March 21, 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 291 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books. Fiction

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Narrator Shane Hunter is the "closer" for his high school baseball team—the treasured pitcher whose job is to take to the mound in the crucial final innings of a game. Baseball is Sh

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Gr 7-Up Shane Hunter's life of privilege disintegrates when his dad is arrested for money laundering and commits suicide. The teen, his mother, and his younger sister are forced to move out of their palatial home and into subsidized housing in a tough part of Seattle. Shane has a difficult time a...

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