Jeremiah loves his baseball, and until he arrives, so does Hillcrest, Ohio. They are obsessed with the game. The high school team wins and wins and wins. Everyone in town looks up to the coach. Kids dream of being on the team. Even Jeremiah, who can’t play, dreams of that.
And then, the fall. A popular player dies. Why? Has he been taking performance enhancement drugs? Is the coach behind it? Has winning become more important than how you play the game?
Jeremiah tells the story from his own, very unique, point of view. He loves his dad, Walt, who adopted him after finding him in the company break room. Jeremiah’s had years of medical complications and constant moves, but through it all, he and Walt have always shared baseball. When the middle school baseball team falls apart – is there even a team? – Jeremiah starts talking to the players, coaching the kids and even a few adults in how to reach their potential and bring the game (and the joy) back.
Even for people (like me) who are not big sports fans, this is a beautiful book. Being part of a team, loving something deeply, feeling sadness when people make big mistakes – these are things we can all relate to. Nicely done, Joan Bauer.
Soar by Joan Bauer