Curve Ball

by John Danakas

Tom finds himself on a plane to Winnipeg, where he'll spend the summer with an uncle he doesn't even know and on a baseball team where's he's out of his depth

On his old team, Tom Poulos was a star catcher. But his new team is different. For one thing, all the players are older and bigger than him. For another, no matter how hard he tries or how hard he practices, he can't catch the curve balls that the pitcher sends flying over the plate. Tom feels like he's letting the team down, a feeling that gets worse once a new catcher joins the team and Tom is benched. Can Tom find a way to regain his rightful place behind the plate?

About the Author

John Danakas
JOHN DANAKAS is the author of four Lorimer Sports Stories. Hockey Night in Transcona was an Ontario Silver Birch Award finalist. Curve Ball, Soccer Showdown, and Hockey Heroes are all Canadian Children's Book Centre "Our Choice" selections.


"Plenty of local color... Danakas..shows his familiarity with the sport in plenty of action scenes in the ball paced reading.
Aimed especially at boys of an age that would often rather play sports than read about them, it fills a niche that is not over-crowded."
Helen Norrie, Winnipeg Free Press
"Fun and immensely enjoyable.... Ball fans will enjoy this book."
Ken Setterington, Quill & Quire
"Good characterization and strong, believable sports action.... A recommended purchase."
Dave Jenkinson, Canadian Book Review Annual


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