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Golden Arm

By: Carl Deuker

Lazarus “Laz” Weathers has always been shy, and his issue with stuttering when he speaks hasn’t helped. Stuck in a Seattle trailer park, Laz finds baseball helps him escape from the world of poverty and drugs. When he gets an opportunity to pitch for the rich kids across town, he has a chance to get drafted by the major leagues.

But playing for the other team means leaving behind his family, including Antonio, Laz’s younger brother, who more and more, seems to be drawn to the dark world of the Jet City’s drug ring. Now Laz will have to choose between being the star pitcher he always dreamed of becoming and the team player his family needs.

ISBN: 9780358012429

JLG Release: Jun 2020


Sensitive Areas: Crime: Drug Trafficking/Dealing; Crime: Gang/Organized Crime; Language: Mild Language; Violence: General
Topics: Baseball , Poverty , Stuttering , Single-parent families , Family life , Seattle, Washington

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As he enters his senior year of high school, Lazarus “Laz” Weathers’s life already seems to be heading toward a dead end. Laz stutters, his struggles in school mean college isn’t an option, the trailer park where he lives is about to be shut down, and his beloved brother has started hanging out with the local drug dealer. The only bright sp As he enters his senior year of high school, Lazarus “Laz” Weathers’s life already seems to be heading toward a dead end. Laz stutters, his struggles in school mean college isn’t an option, the trailer park where he lives is about to be shut down, and his beloved brother has started hanging out with the local drug dealer. The only bright spot on Laz’s horizon is baseball. Laz is a gifted pitcher, but his hopes of getting recruited for the minor leagues are dashed when his high school team forfeits at the beginning of their season. Fortunately, a last-minute chance to pitch for a wealthy school across town gives him one final chance to escape the trailer park and make a life for himself. Acclaimed sportswriter Deuker deftly weaves baseball action into a solid coming-of-age tale, as Laz navigates the class divide when the well-off Thurmans take him in when he switches schools. Pressures from coaches and scouts build, and Laz is forced into a reckoning as he must decide what is truly important to him—his career or his family. Short chapters and easy-to-follow writing make this book a strong choice for any school with a collection of sports fiction.

Book Details

ISBN

9780358012429

First Release

June 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

368

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Crime: Drug Trafficking/Dealing; Crime: Gang/Organized Crime; Language: Mild Language; Violence: General

Topics

Baseball, Poverty, Stuttering, Single-parent families, Family life, Seattle, Washington,

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