King of the Mound
My Summer with Satchel Paige
By Wes Tooke
(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9781442433465, 160pp.)
Publication Date: February 21, 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Baseball legend Satchel Paige changes a boy’s life in this coming-of-age tale from the author of Lucky.
Nick was going to be a star baseball player, no doubt about it. People for miles around talked about the twelve-year-old boy with the golden arm. And then Nick is diagnosed with polio—a life-threatening disease in the 1930s. Everyone is devastated, especially Nick’s father, who copes by closing off from his son. When Nick finally leaves the hospital he wants nothing more than to get back in the game, but he seems to be the only one who thinks it’s possible. But after he begins working for Mr. Churchill, the owner of a minor league team, Nick meets Satchel Paige, arguably the best player in baseball. Satchel faces obstacles of his own—his skin color prevents him from joining the major leagues—and he encourages Nick to overcome the odds and step out of the dugout.
Wes Tooke has worked as a feature writer and editorial consultant and has published features in Salon, New Jersey Monthly, and the Princeton Alumni Weekly. His first novel, Lucky, was a Junior Library Guild Selection. He lives with his wife and dog in San Francisco.