Rooting for Rafael Rosales (Hardcover)
Albert Whitman & Company, 9780807567425, 288pp.
Publication Date: April 25, 2017
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Rafael has dreams. Every chance he gets he plays in the street games trying to build his skills, get noticed by scouts, and—someday—play Major League Baseball. Maya has worries. The bees are dying all over the world, and the company her father works for is responsible, making products that harm the environment. Follow Rafael and Maya in a story that shifts back and forth in time and place, from Rafael’s neighborhood in the Dominican Republic to present-day Minnesota, where Maya and her sister are following Rafael’s first year in the minor leagues. In their own ways, Maya and Rafael search for hope, face difficult choices, and learn a secret—the same secret—that forever changes how they see the world.
About the Author
Kurtis Scaletta is the author of eleven books for young readers. Many of them are about baseball, but he has also written about snakes, robots, and giant fungi. He grew up in five states and three foreign countries, but now stays put in Minneapolis with his wife, son, and housecats.
Praise For Rooting for Rafael Rosales…
"Thoughtfully written and plenty engaging. The hardship of growing up poor in a Dominican neighborhood, with baseball one of the few ways out, is vividly portrayed." —Booklist
"Scaletta deftly weaves worry, optimism, and determination together . . . . The tight focus on the emotional lives of his protagonists in these connecting narratives inspires genuine feeling for each. Full of heart and hope." —Kirkus Reviews starred review
"Scaletta weaves a powerful story of two children whose realities seem entirely dissimilar but, in truth, converge in significant ways, namely in their desire to excel and make a difference." —Publishers Weekly
"Rafael and Maya are intriguing characters, and Scaletta sensitively limns their concerns and circumstances . . . Thoughtful readers who enjoy compelling characters and learning about how baseball is played in other countries may appreciate this title." —School Library Journal
"This title is an engaging match for readers interested in baseball, yet also is a touching story of the many ways we are connected to those around us." —School Library Connection