by Carl Deuker
Shane Hunter’s life had fallen apart. A star relief pitcher for Shorelake Academy’s winner baseball team, Shane had lived in a fancy house and seemed a shoe-in for college during his sophomore year. But now he was in his junior year at Whitman, one Seattle high school with a reputation for being a dead end.
What had happened?
Shane’s father had commited suicide after being arrested for money laundering. Shane, his mother and sister had to move out of their fancy house, and Shane had been forced to enroll in a cheaper public high school. Feeling betrayed, Shane had started drinking, stealing, and let his grades slide.
He joined the Whitman baseball team only to loose his confidence and ability to throw the fastball after he hit a player on his former team during a mid-season game.
It seemed like Shane’s baseball career and his goal of going to college were things of the past.
Shane thought he was through playing baseball. But in his heart he was still a pitcher. The only question was could he ever throw the fastball again. High heat….
Booktalk by Tom Reynolds, Sno-Isle Library System
Last Updated: January 15, 2008