Latina Book Club Review of The Pitcher
The Latina Book Club has given a rave review for William Hazelgroves novel The
Pitcher the story of a Mexican American boy with a golden arm and a broken down
World Series who coaches him to make the highschool team.
New York, NY, September 21, 2013 -- The Latina Book Club's goal is to promote Latino
authors and literacy.
Review of William Hazelgrove's novel, The Pitcher
THE PITCHER is destined to become a classic. It is well-written, funny, heart-warming,
engaging, easy to read, romantic and uplifting. On the surface this story may seem to be
all about baseball and pitchers, but itâ€™s more than that. THE PITCHER, a Junior
Library Guild Selection, is about a loving and determined Hispanic mother who will
endure anything and survive everything for the love of her child and his right to fulfill his
dreams; itâ€™s about overcoming prejudice and poverty; itâ€™s about second chances;
and most of all, itâ€™s about learning to believe in yourself.
Book Summary: 14-year-old Ricky Hernandez is about to enter high school and wants a
spot on the school baseball team. The problem is his wild pitching arm. He can throw
super fast but he has no control over it. Just like he has no control over his ex-father who
continues to barge in and steal what little money they have; nor his grandmotherâ€™s
fears of deportation; nor the rival pitcher who continually bullies him; nor his
motherâ€™s deteriorating ill health. Ricky longs for some helpful tips from another
pitcher, like a World Series pitcher and MVP Jack Langford, who just happens to live
next door, but Jack wants to be left alone. In fact, all anybody ever sees are his feet at the
bottom of the garage door which is always down.
However, Jack doesnâ€™t count on Maria Hernandez. She is a dynamo and will not take
no for an answer, even if it means confronting a curmudgeon in his man-cave and forcing
him into the light. Yet even with the MLB pitcher finally coaching him, Ricky canâ€™t
seem to find his zone. And when his motherâ€™s health takes a turn for the worse
nothing seems to matter anymore and certainly not some stupid baseball game. But Maria
will not let him quit and from her hospital bed she encourages her son to prove himself
and win. There is the obligatoryâ€œwin this one for the coachâ€ scene, but it rings true.
And the ending is inspiring and joyful as any reader could wish.
About William Hazelgrove: William Hazelgrove is the best-selling author of five novels,
including THE PITCHER, a Junior Library Guild Selection. He was the Ernest
Hemingway Writer in Residence, where he wrote in the attic of Ernest Hemingway's
birthplace. He has written articles and reviews for USA Today and other publications. He
has been the subject of interviews in NPR'sAll Things Considered along with features in
The New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Richmond
Times Dispatch, USA Today, People, Channel 11, NBC, WBEZ, WGN. His next book
ONEUP will be out Spring 2014 with Merit Press. A follow up novel, REAL SANTA,
will be out fall of 2014. Hazelgrove runs a political cultural blog, The View From
Hemingway's Attic. Visit him athttp://www.williamhazelgrove.com.
Contact: Jim Turner Williamhazelgrove.com 500 San Luis Chicago, IL 708-466-7601