Stumptown KidThis dramatic and moving story set in the days of the Negro Leagues illustrates the true meanings of friendship, prejudice, and heroism
Twelve-year-old Charlie Nebraska wants two things he can’t get: to make the local Wildcats Baseball team and to have life to return to the way it was before his father died two years earlier in the Korean War.
Then Charlie meets Luther Peale, a stranger who quietly and mysteriously arrives in the small town of Holden, Iowa, and sets up camp near the river. Luther is a former Negro Baseball League player, and Charlie loves baseball. The two strike up a friendship and Luther agrees to coach Charlie’s fledgling neighborhood baseball team for a game against the Wildcats.
But many of Holden’s white residents are suspicious of Luther because of his skin color. And when Charlie inadvertently reveals a secret of Luther’s, violence erupts in the town and both Luther and Charlie are drawn into serious danger.
Authors Carol Gorman and Ron J. Findley have created two highly memorable, emotionally complex characters in this dramatic story that illustrates the meanings of friendship, prejudice, and heroism.
- Pub Date
- Peachtree Publishers
- Age Range
- 8 - 12
“Themes of honesty, loyalty, and heroism are imbedded in this powerful, fast-paced story. . . . Readers will enjoy this winning mix of sports, suspense, and heroism, and delight in the baseball wit and wisdom.” ?School Library Journal
About the author
Carol Gorman, author of over thirty novels for young readers, is the recipient of five state children's choice book awards, as well as many other honors given by teachers and librarians. Her books have been published in five foreign countries.