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The Aurora County All-Stars
 
 
Author
Deborah Wiles.
Publisher Sandpiper  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.5 x 5 x 0.7 inches
ISBN 9780152066260
Pages/Publication Date 242/2007
Daedalus Item Code 23740
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The author of Love, Ruby Lavender and the National Book Award finalist Each Little Bird That Sings returns to Aurora County, Mississippi, with this baseball-themed adventure, flavored with a little poetry and mystery, for readers 9 and up. Twelve-year-old House Jackson—star pitcher and team captain of the Aurora County All-Stars—has been sidelined with a broken elbow. Now that he's finally ready to play, however, the team's only game of the year has been scheduled for the same time as the town's 200th-anniversary pageant, run by bossy 14-year-old Frances Shotz (coincidentally, the girl who broke House's elbow). 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.

"House Jackson, the Aurora County All-Stars captain and star pitcher, has slogged through the preceding year with an out-of-commission elbow. Instead of playing baseball, he's spent most of his time indoors, reading the classics to an old recluse, Mr. Norwood Rhinehart Beauregard Boyd. But when Mr. Boyd dies, House is reminded of his itch to play.... After a series of minor mishaps, betrayals and bouts of miscommunication, House and Frances work out a hilarious compromise that all readers can root for. In the spirit of Ernest Thayer's poem, Casey at the Bat, the energy during the game mounts, and sports fans will be on the edge of their seats to see which team triumphs. Quotations from Walt Whitman's poetry, baseball players and Aurora County news dispatches pepper the story and add color; Love, Ruby Lavender fans will enjoy Ruby's fortuitous cameo. A home run for Wiles."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
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