Perfect, Once Removed

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Perfect, Once Removed

When Baseball Was All the World to Me

By Phillip Hoose

Walker & Company, Paperback, 9780802716279, 163pp.

Publication Date: March 4, 2008


"Disguised as a nostalgic, coming-of-age baseball memoir, this is a sly, spare meditation on the perils of childhood, the power of celebrity, the vagaries of human kindness, and how even tenuous family bonds can have a surprisingly steely impact." Joe Pilla, Paperbacks Plus
In pitch-perfect prose, and with a gift for conveying the fears and dreams of a young boy's life, Phil Hoose recalls the magical year of 1956, when his cousin, Don Larsen, pitched a perfect game in the World Series, and the game of baseball helped him take root in a tough new town. "Perfect, Once Removed "is a wondrous ode to the glory of baseball and to growing up.

About the Author
Phillip Hoose is an award-winning author of books, essays, stories, songs and articles. Although he first wrote for adults, he turned his attention to children and young adults in part to keep up with his own daughters. His book "Claudette Colvin" won a National Book Award and was dubbed a "Publisher's Weekly" Best Book of 2009. He is also the author of "Hey, Little Ant", co-authored by his daughter, Hannah, "It s Our World, Too!", "The Race to Save the Lord God Bird", and "We Were There, Too!", a National Book Award finalist. He has received a Jane Addams Children s Book Award, a Christopher Award, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, among numerous honors. He was born in South Bend, Indiana, and grew up in the towns of South Bend, Angola, and Speedway, Indiana. He was educated at Indiana University and the Yale School of Forestry. He lives in Portland, Maine.

Praise For Perfect, Once Removed

Praise for Perfect, Once Removed (A Book Sense Pick and 2006 Highlight):

“Inspires both author and reader.”—Time

“A charmer of a memoir.”—Philadelphia Inquirer

Perfect, Once Removed is about the magic of baseball when the game wraps itself around a boy’s soul.”—Boston Globe

“With consummate skill Mr. Hoose evokes the era of apple pie and white picket fences…His tale is ascenduring as Don Larsen was flawless that one afternoon 50 years ago.”—Washington Times