Dean Duffy

Randy Powell

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"Dean, 18, is a baseball player whose glory days are behind him. At 15, he pitched for the world championship Little League team, and as a freshman he hit a game-winning grand slam. But after his arm gave out, he moved to first base and plunged into a two-year batting slump, losing any hope for a college scholarship. Since graduation he's been sliding sideways, wondering what his future holds." --Starred, School Library Journal

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Dean Duffy
OneMY TEN-YEAR "CAREER" as a baseball player ended in May of my senior year. It was the last game of the season, a home game, eighty-six degrees, dust swirling around the infield. At the bottom of the ninth, we trailed 3-13, which was the same as our win-loss record that season. I was at bat with two outs, nobody on base, and only three spectators left in the stands.The pooped pitcher was throwing me fastballs right down the middle. I kept fouling them off, pitch after pitch. The count stayed I ball and 2 strikes. It was my 77th at-bat of the season.

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"Dean, 18, is a baseball player whose glory days are behind him...After his arm gave out, he moved to first base and plunged into a two-year batting slump, losing any hope for a college scholarship...Jack Trant, an affable supporter...finagles Dean a one-semester 'trial' scholarship at a small private college. The young man realistically hesitates to commit himself to possible further humiliation playing the game he loved...Exciting." --Starred, School Library Journal

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Randy Powell

Randy Powell is the author of seven novels for young adults, many of which have appeared on the ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults list. Publishers Weekly called his most recent novel, Three Clams and an Oyster, "witty and trenchant." He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, American Library Association Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adults

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
March 2003
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ISBN: 9781429953672
ISBN10: 1429953675
Young Adult Fiction176 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up
$7.99
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