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Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip
by Jordan Sonnenblick
 

Book Summary

After an accident stops Peter from pitching - or even playing - on his school baseball team. If he isn't going to be a star baseball player, who can he ever be?
 
Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip book cover
Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip

Book Review

This is a thoughtful book about a young person making unexpected decisions about his future, and a good reminder that things don't always work the way we expect. Peter turns to photography, and to some new friendships as he tries to figure out who he is. One of the things this author does really well is to blend humor with heartbreak, and he finds moments of honesty in small things that matter most. Peter's relationship with his friend who is still on the baseball team, for example, was formerly competitive, and before his friend really understands the extent of Peter's injury, it's difficult for them to find their footing. This is a reflective novel that asks readers to think about what matters most as they determine their own paths.
 

Topics and Themes for this book:

 
  • Baseball; Pitching
  • Changing a Dream; Surviving Serious Injury
  • Romance
 
  • Friendships
  • Growing Up; Finding Your Path
  • Photography

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.


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