The Kid from Tomkinsville by John R. Tunis
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Rookie pitcher Roy Tucker is full of hope for his first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers—and hope might be what the team needs most Roy Tucker—a small-town kid from Tomkinsville, Connecticut—has quit his job at the drugstore and packed up for Dodgers training camp in Clearwater, Florida, hoping to make the team as a rookie pitcher. He expects the field to be competitive and realizes he might not pass muster, but after just one practice, he discovers just how difficult a goal he has set. But the Dodgers are an aging team, and owner Jack MacManus is getting tired of the smart remarks from sports reporters and the manager of the rival Giants, Bill Murphy. With a little coaching and encouragement from Dave Leonard, the oldest catcher in the big leagues, this kid from Tomkinsville might be just what the team needs.

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Shortly before a serious accident ends his dream of pitching, Roy Tucker is called up from a small-town team in Connecticut to help the Brooklyn Dodgers out of a slump. Bruce Brooks was born in Virginia and began writing fiction at age ten. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1972 and from the University Of Iowa Writer's Workshop in 1980. He has worked as a newspaper reporter, a magazine writer, newsletter editor, movie critic, teacher and lecturer.Bruce Brooks has twice received the Newbery Honor, first in 1985 for "Moves Make the Man, " and again in 1992 for "What Hearts." He is also the author of "Everywhere, Midnight Hour Encores, Asylum for Nightface, Vanishing, "and "Throwing Smoke." He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Published July 12, 2011 by Open Road Media Teen & Tween. 306 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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