Posts Tagged ‘Bullet Point’

October and Baseball

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October 5th, 2019 Posted 8:38 am

This is the best month for baseball lovers! Football, basketball, hockey – they’d all be basically understandable right away to a newcomer seeing a game for the first time, but baseball: never! Baseball comes up quite a bit in our work – in the YA thriller Bullet Point, for example, the kids’ picture book Quacky Baseball, and of course The Fan was all about baseball. (Cal Ripken, Jr., paying me a very nice compliment on its accuracy, asked how far I’d gone in baseball.  That was a funny conversation.) Baseball also comes up in the Chet and Bernie series. Here’s a little something from Thereby Hangs A Tail:

We drove toward the sun, through a few neighborhoods a lot like our own, then past a baseball field with a kids’ game going on. I didn’t understand baseball but it always looked like fun, and the ball itself I loved. Who’d have guessed what the insides were like? At that very moment a kid swung his bat and the ball went soaring into the sky. We weren’t going very fast. Would it be totally impossible to –

 

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Beginnings (More – Revised)

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August 26th, 2018 Posted 8:03 am

On Sundays we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Peter Abrahams books in chronological order, including those written under the Spencer Quinn pen name. A while back we did this one, but forgot to mention that it was our little Hamlet. Wyatt, the main character, is taking Hamlet in English in high school. Hamlet has a hard time with the question of whether he should believe the ghost of his father; Wyatt has parallel questions about his own father. The answer comes dramatically in both stories. (But of course we always try not to push this kind of thing too far – trust the reader!) Here from 2010 – #23, BULLET POINT, a YA novel with hardboiled – and Elizabethan – roots.

[“Gutsier and sexier than most YA novels dare, Abrahams’s thriller wrenches guts with a Richard Price-like facility. Readers will be as irretrievably drawn in as Wyatt.”
– Daniel Kraus, Booklist Starred Review]

Times were bad. Baker Brothers Iron and Metal Foundry went bankrupt. They fired everybody, including Rusty Halenka, who’d worked the seven-to-five on the main furnace for fourteen years. That meant he was around the house a lot. Rusty was Wyatt Lathem’s stepdad. They hadn’t gotten along when times were good.

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Beginnings (More)

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June 17th, 2018 Posted 8:11 am

On Sundays we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Peter Abrahams books in chronological order, including those written under the Spencer Quinn pen name. Here from 2010 – #23, BULLET POINT, a YA novel with hardboiled roots.

[“Gutsier and sexier than most YA novels dare, Abrahams’s thriller wrenches guts with a Richard Price-like facility. Readers will be as irretrievably drawn in as Wyatt.”
– Daniel Kraus, Booklist Starred Review]

Times were bad. Baker Brothers Iron and Metal Foundry went bankrupt. They fired everybody, including Rusty Halenka, who’d worked the seven-to-five on the main furnace for fourteen years. That meant he was around the house a lot. Rusty was Wyatt Lathem’s stepdad. They hadn’t gotten along when times were good.

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What Makes It All Worthwhile

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October 19th, 2011 Posted 8:09 am

Dear Mr. Abrahams
I am A sophomore in high school and just finished your book Bullet Point. I
absoulty loved the book but I’m so confused at the end of the book. It
is literally killing me please please reply to this email did Greer die in the end
of the book?????? And also i just wanted to say how gifted of a writer you are. I
hate reading but I could not put this book down I actually didn’t do anything in my
classes all week just because I had to keep reading. – (Genuine reader email, 10/18/11)
Belated Happy Birthday to B. Stover and Linda.
Judith and Mollypop: in our thoughts.
Welcome Bo and Mani, Bella, Casey, Starr Belle in Camillus, NY.

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