Never Blame the Umpire by Gene Fehler

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How do you trust God when tragedy strikes?
Kate is having the best summer a sports-loving eleven-year-old could possibly have. Baseball. Tennis. And to top it off, Kate has just started a three-week class where she's discovering a new love: poetry.
Then comes the news that tears Kate's world apart. In her close-knit family, Kate has always felt God's love and protection. But how can she trust God now? Do sports or poetry matter when tragedy strikes?
In Kate's darkest hour, her mother's faith shines its brightest, helping Kate to see that life is still beautiful and God is still good. Always, no matter what.

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 23, 2010 by Zonderkidz. 193 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors. Fiction

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The umpire in the title refers to God, as 11-year-old Kate has a summer that starts with a spectacular baseball game–winning hit and ends with the death of her mother from cancer.

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