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A Long Pitch Home



by
Natalie Dias Lorenzi

Edition
Hardcover edition
Imprint
Charlesbridge
ISBN
9781580897136

Awards and Honors
2017 Notable Books for a Global Society
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Follow Bilal's struggles and triumphs during his first year in American, as he misses all that he's left behind in Pakistan, including his father.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

192

Trim Size

6" x 9"

Dewey

F

AR

4.6: points 9

Lexile

740L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

14

JLG Release

Dec 2016

Book Genres


Topics

Pakistanis in the United States. Pakistani Americans. Families. Culture shock. Cousins. Fathers and sons. Muslims. Family life. Baseball.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Bilal’s 10th birthday doesn’t go as he planned: after his father encounters some trouble at work, Bilal, his siblings, and his mother get visas to live with their family in Virginia while Bilal’s father stays on in Pakistan for the time being. Immediately upon arriving in America, Bilal notices that some things are the same—familiar Pakistani foods and Muslim customs—yet other things are startlingly different. The English Bilal learned in Karachi seems different from the language spoken by everyone around him. Bilal, an excellent cricket player, is dismayed to learn that Americans play baseball. He begins to make friends during summer baseball camp, yet not everything works out well. Bilal doesn’t quite understand why his teammates are so mad that a girl has made their team, he is embarrassed by his baseball abilities and need for ESL classes at school, and he misses Pakistan and, above all, his father. Lorenzi weaves a coherent narrative that includes many issues a new immigrant, as well as any fifth grader, might encounter. The author avoids stereotypes and inspires empathy for Bilal; it is clear Lorenzi has infused this tale with what she’s learned as an ESL specialist and also done her research to ensure an accurate portrayal of the life of a young Pakistani immigrant. VERDICT Add this title to your shelves, and pitch it to kids who like sports stories and moving realistic novels.—Amy Koester, Learning Experiences Department, Skokie Public Library, IL

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School Library Journal

Bilal’s 10th birthday doesn’t go as he planned: after his father encounters some trouble at work, Bilal, his siblings, and his mother get visas to live with their family in Virginia while Bilal’s father stays on in Pakistan for the time being. Immediately upon arriving in America, Bilal notices that some things are the same—familiar Pakistani foods and Muslim customs—yet other things are startlingly different. The English Bilal learned in Karachi seems different from the language spoken by everyone around him. Bilal, an excellent cricket player, is dismayed to learn that Americans play baseball. He begins to make friends during summer baseball camp, yet not everything works out well. Bilal doesn’t quite understand why his teammates are so mad that a girl has made their team, he is embarrassed by his baseball abilities and need for ESL classes at school, and he misses Pakistan and, above all, his father. Lorenzi weaves a coherent narrative that includes many issues a new immigrant, as well as any fifth grader, might encounter. The author avoids stereotypes and inspires empathy for Bilal; it is clear Lorenzi has infused this tale with what she’s learned as an ESL specialist and also done her research to ensure an accurate portrayal of the life of a young Pakistani immigrant. VERDICT Add this title to your shelves, and pitch it to kids who like sports stories and moving realistic novels.—Amy Koester, Learning Experiences Department, Skokie Public Library, IL

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