Annie Ellis is always itching to pitch her lucky Sky-High Super Pinkie. It makes the sweetest sound: off her fist, a mop handle, or the wall. The possibilities are endless. Her teacher, Miss Hatchett, threatens to pop the pesky Pinkie and it's a challenge not to lost it to Mrs. O'Donnell's dog. But the biggest threat of all is Annie's Super, who hopes to add Annie's ball to his infamous collection of neighborhood Pinkies. When Annie's ball is the only one left, she has to risk using--and losing--it at the weekly punchball game. Her "last licks" brings a spectacular hit--over the tops of sycamore trees, through the light and dark and dusk of day. But it's her final surprising confrontation with the dreaded Super that will have readers young and old cheering!
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Best writes in a cheerful, colloquial voice, but the repeated bouncing, squeezing and smelling of Annie's balls here grows tiresome, and seasoned ballplayers may find her easy parting from her beloved Spaldeen suspect at story's end.| Read Full Review of Last Licks: A Spaldeen Story