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It's the last inning of a high school baseball game between arch-rivals Oak Grove and Compton. Center fielder Luke "Wizard" Wallace steps up to the plate--and is hit by a beanball, a wild pitch that shatters his skull, destroys the vision in his left eye, and changes his life forever.
In this riveting novel, the events surrounding this pivotal moment are recounted through free-verse monologues by 28 different voices, including those of Luke and his Oak Grove teammates; the pitcher, Kyle Dawkins, and other Compton players; the two coaches; Luke's family members and teachers; and Sarah Edgerton, a new classmate who seems more affected by Luke's injury than his girlfriend is.
With its unusual format, gripping subject matter, and economy of language, Beanball is a thought-provoking, fast-paced read.

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"Tough, smart, and thrilling. You don't need to love baseball to love this clear-eyed story and its gutsy heroes." - Robert Lipsyte


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Hardback Editions

February 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: Beanball
Author(s): Gene Fehler
ISBN: 0-618-84348-5 / 978-0-618-84348-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Clarion Books
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Paperback Editions

March 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Beanball
Author(s): Gene Fehler
ISBN: 0-547-55001-4 / 978-0-547-55001-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
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Kindle Editions

February 2008 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Beanball
Author(s): Gene Fehler
Publisher: Clarion Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA