Striking Out by Will WeaverStriking Out by Will Weaver

Striking Out

byWill WeaverIllustratorJim Carroll

Paperback | March 26, 1999

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Up until now, Billy Baggs's life has been loaded with nevers. Never been to a movie. Never played baseball with a real team. Never got over feeling guilty for the loss of his brother. But change is in the air. Billy discovers he has a natural talent for baseball, especially as a pitcher. Maybe, just maybe, there's more in store for him than life on the farm. But can Billy convince his father of that? Or is he destined to spend the rest of his life pitching nothing but hay?Teenager Billy Baggs is desperately needed on his family's struggling dairy farm, but he's also an extraordinarily gifted natural baseball player. How he struggles to reconcile his father's desire to keep him on the farm with his coach's interest in getting him on the field is at the heart of this ‘meaty story.… The complex characters grow and change in profoundly real ways.''K. ‘[With] flashes of humor, a wealth of lovingly recounted details evokes the difficult daily life on a small dairy farm.''Publishers Weekly.

1994 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA)
1994 Books for the Teen Age (NY Public Library)
1993 "Pick of the Lists" (ABA)

In addition to his award-winning Billy Baggs novels Striking Out, Farm Team, and Hard Ball, all of which are ALA Best Books for Young Adults, Will Weaver is the author of two books for adults, Reed Earth, White Earth and A Gravestone Made od Wheat. He is the winner of both the McKnight and the Bush Foundations' prizes for fiction.Mr. W...
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Title:Striking OutFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.61 inPublished:March 26, 1999Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064471136

ISBN - 13:9780064471138

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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BUp until now, Billy's life has been full of nevers. Never been to a movie or played baseball with a real team. Never got over feeling guilty for the loss of his brother, which forever shattered his Minnesota farm family. Urged on by the town's baseball coach, Billy discovers he has talent--both on the field of his family's farm and on the baseball field. 1994 ALA Best Book for Young Adults, 1993 American Bookseller Pick of the Lists.Young Adult.