Monday, July 26, 2010

Never Blame the Umpire *review*

Never Blame the Umpire

By: Gene Fehler  

Eleven-year-old Kate loves baseball, tennis, and writing poetry, but struggles to find joy when tragedy strikes her close-knit family.

Kate is having the best summer a sports-loving eleven-year-old could possibly have. Baseball. Tennis. And to top it off, Kate has just started a three-week class where she’s discovering a new love: poetry. Then comes the news that tears Kate’s world apart. In her close-knit family, Kate has always felt God’s love and protection. But how can she trust God now? Do sports or poetry matter when tragedy strikes? In Kate’s darkest hour, her mother’s faith shines its brightest, helping Kate to see that life is still beautiful and God is still good. Always, no matter what.

Gene Fehler, an award-winning and widely published poet, is the author of ten published books and over eighteen hundred published poems, stories, and articles. He and his wife, Polly, live in Seneca, South Carolina, where he writes, teaches, and participates in sports. Visit Gene at

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Never Blame the Umpire is a great book for younger teens. I liked the characters and storyline and it even made me cry! The book has a wonderful message that most of us need to hear. It is a very easy read and is 100% family friendly. I suspect most teen girls would be able to relate to this book and enjoy reading it.

Thanks so much to Zonderkidz for sending me a review copy of this book.

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