Throwing Smoke by Bruce Brooks

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Whiz loves playing baseball, but his team, the Breadhurst Newts, just isn't up to snuff. Something has to change, especially after they lose a game to the Mudcats, the worst team around. That's when Whiz gets an idea. It's far-fetched, its wild--but it just might get the team what it needs. Why not create a character in the dark, dusty print shop where he works after school?

Letter by letter, Whiz drops the metal type into place, then inks the press, lays down the parchment, and rolls the press.

The next day Whiz heads for practice early, before anyone else is there--yet he senses he is not alone....

Children's Pick of the List 2000 (ABA)


About Bruce Brooks

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Bruce Brooks was born in Richmond, Virginia on September 23, 1950. 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. He has written several children's books including Everywhere, Midnight Hour Encores, Asylum for Nightface, Vanishing, No Kidding, and Throwing Smoke. He has received the Newbery Honor twice, first for The Moves Make the Man in 1985 and then for What Hearts in 1992.
Published May 31, 2000 by HarperCollins. 144 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Coming off a 0-10 debut season, the Breadhurst Newts face a new spring still eager to play, even though, as infielder “E6” Marchant puts it, “up the middle we have severe limitations, and down the lines we are inconsistent but mostly pretty weak.” Having found that working alone in a local print ...

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After practice, Whiz heads to his part-time job at a printing shop to make baseball cards with each teammate's statistics, and Brooks foreshadows the connection between Whiz's vocation and avocation: ""Sometimes, when Whiz encountered one of the players in the flesh soon after reading his or her ...

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As the urge to win gradually overtakes pitcher Whiz, he begins printing up baseball cards for fictional players with dream stats—and they begin to materialize, bringing with them a winning streak for his team.

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