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Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip

By Jordan Sonnenblick   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545320696 Hardcover
304 Pages | 5.74" x 8.55" | Ages 12 & Up

Sometimes, the greatest comebacks take place far away from the ball field.

Meet Peter Friedman, high school freshman. Talented photographer. Former baseball star. When a freakish injury ends his pitching career, Peter has some major things to figure out. Is there life after sports? Why has his grandfather suddenly given him thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment? And is it his imagination, or is the super-hot star of the girls' swim team flirting with him, right in front of the amazing new girl in his photography class? In his new novel, beloved teen author Jordan Sonnenblick performs his usual miraculous feat: exploring deep themes of friendship, romance, family, and tragedy, while still managing to be hilariously funny.

Raves & reviews:

Praise for Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip

*"Sonnenblick's story may be straightforward, but Peter's natural and self-effacing narrative voice makes it sing. The novel is populated with kind, vulnerable characters who care about each other...and the thoroughly enjoyable mix of sports, art, family drama, and budding romance will have readers invested in Peter's struggles to accept his new world and appreciate what he has." -Publishers Weekly, starred review

*"[Sonnenblick] again shows an adept ability to tackle big-deal life issues, treat them seriously and believably, and filter them into a high-spirited, even fun story...A bittersweet look at freezing moments in time, and how Alzheimer's can scour even the younger generations in a family." -Booklist, starred review

*"Sonnenblick adds to his growing list of distinguished YA novels with this tale...Another winner that can be confidently recommended to readers, athletes or not." -School Library Journal, starred review