Saturday, September 24, 2011

One Handed Catch by MJ Auch

     Well, I've spent more than thirty minutes reading today because I wanted to finish One Handed Catch.  I liked it a lot, and I recommend it to anyone who likes reading books about baseball--even though it's not only about baseball.
     Lots of times we might see someone who has a physical disability and feel bad for all the things they can't do.  After losing his hand in an accident, Norm, the main character in this book, spends a lot of time relearning he can do all the things he wants to do.  I liked that best!  His mom is a great encouragement to him, and though he hates it about her at first, he sees as learns just how important it is to do things on his own.
     Throughout the story, Norm has to decide how to react to the people he meets, his friends and his family as they react to his losing his hand.  Sometimes it's a challenge because people see him as damaged, think he needs more help than he does, or ask him stupid questions.  Sometimes it's amazing because people do just the right thing.
     The interesting thing about this book is that it was based on experiences that the author's husband had as a child.  He said losing his hand, "might be the best thing that ever happened to him."

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