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The Aurora County All-Stars

by Deborah Wiles

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Wonderful wonderful book. Author of Love Ruby Lavender another favorite. Chapter start with quotes from baseball or Leaves of Grass. Deborah Wiles is a genius! Long may she live and write. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
Enjoyed seeing some of the characters from "each little bird that sings", finding their way into this novel.

Very touching story about forgiveness, dreams deferred and the strength of seeing people for who they are. House learns all these lessons, as he struggles to play the once-a-year baseball game with the Raleigh Redbugs or participate in the annual Aurora County Pagent. Involved in both are Finess, the girl responsible for him not participating in last year's game. House has to decide how to forgive Finess and participate in the game he loves most. ( )
  laurensx | May 5, 2013 |
Love this author and I love her characters and setting in her books. All her books connected by certain characters. Lots of baseball history in this one. Small town relationships. ( )
  librarian1204 | Apr 26, 2013 |
I enjoyed the story about the importance of life and working together. However it has little kid appeal. My boys didn't even want me to finish after reading 3/4 of the book. ( )
  rweinand | Oct 2, 2010 |
Walt Whitman supplies quotes to uplift this story of a small-town baseball team who must compromise in order to play on the 4th of July. ( )
  GaylDasherSmith | Sep 8, 2010 |
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Twelve-year-old House Jackson--star pitcher and team captain of the Aurora County All-Stars--has been sidelined for a whole sorry year with a broken elbow. He's finally ready to play, but wouldn't you know that the team's only game of the year has been scheduled for the exact same time as the town's 200th-anniversary pageant. Now House must face the pageant's director, full-of-herself Frances Shotz (his nemesis and perpetrator of the elbow break), and get his team out of this mess. There's also the matter of a mysterious old recluse who has died and left House a wheezy old dog named Eudora Welty--and a puzzling book of poetry by someone named Walt Whitman.
     Through the long, hot month of June, House makes surprising and valuable discoveries about family, friendship, poetry . . . and baseball.

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For most boys in a small Mississippi town, the biggest concern one hot summer is whether their annual July 4th baseball game will be cancelled due to their county's anniversary pageant, but after the death of the old man to whom twelve-year-old star pitcher House Jackson has been secretly reading for a year, House uncovers secrets about the man and the history of baseball in Aurora County that could fix everything.… (more)

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