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 seemed more like a computer than a person to me. In fact, as I was reading, I wondered if he was going to turn out to be one of his father's robotic creations. I was more fond of Walt, Sarah, and Franny, who are easier characters to relate to and empathize with. 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. Several of my student readers were big fans of this book.
"The new heart I got was from a fourteen-year-old girl who died in a bike accident in California. I had to wait eleven months and seventeen days to get a close match. I wanted to know her name so I could write to her parents and tell them I was taking good care of their daughter's heart. Dr. Feinberg said no."
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