The Aurora County All-Stars
By Deborah Wiles
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P, Hardcover, 9780152060688, 242pp.
Publication Date: August 2007
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* “A poignant and humorous coming-of-age story. . . . Although some characters appeared in previous novels, this one stands on its own, and with each iteration Aurora County becomes more real." (starred review)
* “Batter up! National Book Award finalist Wiles (Each Little Bird That Sings) delivers the third book set in her fictional Aurora County—a more boy-friendly read than its predecessors, with plenty of talk about baseball and what constitutes a stalwart team. . . . A home run for Wiles." (starred review)
"There''s much to savor: bubbly prose (a little girl ''twinkles'' down some steps, House ''bulldozes'' to a stage); a dog named Eudora Welty and a kid named Parting Schotz; a wonderfully convoluted plot involving an old man''s death ''at the simmering time just before daybreak,'' a sheaf of Walt Whitman quotes; a Fourth of July pageant; lots of baseball lore; and a cliffhanger of an all-star game that brings the whole town together. As one character sighs, ''It''s positively Thornton Wilder.'' But it''s Thornton Wilder on a sugar high--and that''s some high."