Super Bowl, NBA All-Star Game, blah blah blah. A serious subset of us sports fans spend the entire winter counting down to the only day that matters: When pitchers and catchers report. Baseball fans are a special breed—a bit more obsessive, a bit more nostalgic, a bit more introspective. And if you’ve noticed that the baseball fans in your life have been smiling a bit more recently, have a bit more “spring” in their steps, that’s because spring training is underway.
This year, 8-to-12-year-old baseball fans have even more reason to be happy, with the release of Michael Northrop’s winning novel Plunked. And even though it’s a sports book, it generally avoids the clichés of the genre, and in many ways is a gentle exploration of psyche and emotion.
Which shouldn’t scare anyone off. Baseball is the thinking-person’s game, after all. Fans spend a lot of time inside their own heads, imagining trades, replaying crucial at-bats, contemplating statistics. So it’s only fitting that things really get started here when our protagonist gets hit in the head with a pitched ball.
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