Recommended for Readers
in Grades 5 and Up
Jeremiah and his adoptive father Walt move to a new town, where the local baseball team is in crisis after a scandal. Jeremiah's serious heart condition requires frequent attention, and Walt's computer science background means that there are a variety of robots around the house. Although Jeremiah can't play the game he loves, is there a way he can make a difference?
There was a lot in this book that was designed to be inspiring, but the pieces didn't quite fit together for me. Maybe the eagle/soaring symbolism was too heavy-handed, but I think it was really hard to root for this character - he didn't seem natural to me. I was more fond of Walt, Sarah, and Franny. Baseball lovers will appreciate the magic and reverence given to the game, and people who connect with serious health tragedies will be glad to see characters like this represented in fiction with stories beyond their health crises.
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