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Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip
by Jordan Sonnenblick
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 11-13
PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2012
NO. PAGES: 304
GENRE{S}: Realistic Fiction
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Male
AWARD{S}:
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
ISBN: 0545320690
READ & REVIEWED BY: Tiffany - StorySnoop


The Story
Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip—Book Review

Peter and his best friend have spent their lives playing baseball together. When Peter suffers an injury and his pitching career abruptly ends, he has some serious re-thinking to do. The photography class he registered for at school proves not only productive and worthwhile, it also introduces him to Angelika. Peter's grandfather, a retired professional photographer with whom he is incredibly close, seems a little off these days and Peter is confused by his behavior. With all the knowledge Peter has gotten from his grandfather about photography under his belt, he excels at it, and having photography and Angelika around might make losing baseball a little bit easier.
The Scoop
Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip—Book Review
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Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip is a moving, insightful, and funny read. Main character Peter is extremely close to his grandfather and the two share a passion for photography. Peter comes to realize that his grandfather is having a hard time remembering things, and his descent into Alzheimer's is painful and upsetting to Peter. Friendship is incredibly supportive in this story, as are family relationships. Language is very mild (cr-p) and one instance of underage drinking at a party takes place, to the point of vomiting and one heck of a hangover. High school dating relationships are age-appropriate, with flirting, dating and kissing. Teens are responsible and both academically and athletically driven. This story is written beautifully with humor and sensitivity, and friendship, romance, family, and typical teen issues are relatable and characters authentic. Photography buffs will thoroughly enjoy all the elements woven into this fine story.
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