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Publisher's Summary

Jerry B. Jenkins, the author of Hometown Legend and co-author of the Left Behind series, returns with the story of a boy who has been bestowed a gift that presents the challenge of a lifetime, and of the mother determined to help him become The Youngest Hero.Miriam Woodell realizes that the man 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 and resolute, 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 to hit.By spring, Elgin is ready to find a team. By the end of the summer, everyone will be talking about the 11-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, each other, and the people they are forced to trust.
©2002 Jerry B. Jenkins, All Rights Reserved; (P)2002 Time Warner AudioBooks, a Division of the AOL Time Warner Book Group
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"Baseball fans will gladly stick with the story until the final inning." (Publishers Weekly)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 09-19-06


A word of caution to all of the fans of Jerry's many Christian books: this is not one of them. The characters are engaging and the writing keeps you moving, but I kept waiting for the spiritual side of their lives to come forth. It never did.
Perhaps this had to do with this book being published by Time Warner.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Amy on 08-07-12

Not impressed

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I found the plot lacking and very stereotypical in a way of a Christian style love story and a way. Not my favorite one and am usually impressed with this author.

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