(From the publisher):
Miriam Woodell realizes that the hometown hero she married, though charming and athletic, is gripped by a dangerous darkness. She has no choice but to save herself and Elgin, her young son - leaving rural Mississippi for the big cold city of Chicago.
Strong, resolute, and determined Miriam struggles to survive. Meanwhile, Elgin pursues a seemingly impossible dream. Fueled by the lessons his father taught him he plays ball on the concrete streets and even sets up a batting cage in the basement, using a decrepit, malfunctioning pitching machine to teach himself how to hit.
By spring, Elgin is ready to find a team. By the end of the summer, everyone will be talking about the eleven-year-old who plays baseball like a high school star - a prodigy on his way to greatness, despite staggering odds.
Yet Elgin must still come to terms with his father, whose life has reached a dead end. With a new man entering Miriam's life and scouts wooing Elgin, mother and son must learn painful lessons about themselves, about each other and about the people they are forced to trust
Original title: The Rookie
Alternative titles: The Youngest Hero
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Sports→ Baseball
Fiction→ Religious→ Christianity→ Christian Life And Faith