Seth Barnam was only seven when his father died and accepting that loss was difficult. Seth wasn't really
interested in sports when he happened to meet Jimmy Winter at the park one day, as Jimmy's father was putting
him through intense baseball drills. Jimmy has lots of natural talent and a father who demands perfection from
The boys become fast friends and both sign up for Little League, even though Seth feels inadequate compared
to his new friend. Their time together is spent practicing baseball, with Jimmy's father usually there to coach
them and urge them to improve. Jimmy's intensity and self-assurance on the playing field begin to rub off onto
Seth. He dreams of being as good as Jimmy, and with practice finds that he not only improves as a baseball
player, but his school work improves, too.
With both boys on the team, their school excels, but then Jimmy's home life begins to unravel. His father is
drinking too much, and then his parents divorce. Seth is at a loss when Jimmy is caught drinking and is suspended
from the team. Jimmy just can't seem to get his life back on track, and his choices lead to an unexpected result.
This is an exciting novel, loaded with baseball action, but the main focus is on the friendship that develops
between Seth and Jimmy, coping with the consequences of foolish choices, and the grief of dealing with
incomprehensible loss. It's easy to read, with well-developed, likable characters, a gripping plot, plenty of
action and an unexpected ending.
This compelling tale will especially appeal to boys with an interest in baseball, but girls will also enjoy
this fast moving story of a forever kind of friendship.