“Twelve-year-old Chinese American Peter Lee and his family always shared a passion for baseball, bonding over backlot games and the Pittsburgh Pirates. But when a devastating tragedy strikes, the family flies apart and Peter’s mom becomes paralyzed by grief, drifting further and further from her family.
Hoping to lift his mother’s spirits, Peter decides to try out for Little League. But his plans become suddenly complicated when his strict and serious father volunteers to coach the team. His dad’s unconventional teaching methods rub some of Peter’s teammates the wrong way, and Peter starts to wonder if playing baseball again was the right idea — and if it can even help his family feel less broken. Can the game they all love eventually bring them back together, safe at home?
Acclaimed author Wendy Wan-Long Shang brings her signature warmth, gentle humor, and wisdom to this poignant story of healing and loss, family, and the great American pastime, baseball.”
“As a child, books meant freedom. If you could read in my kindergarten class, you were allowed to go to the library by yourself, and libraries were the loveliest freedom I could imagine. If I had a book, I had a companion for a long dinner with grown-ups. I could learn about anything, go anywhere, pretend to be anyone.
Favorite books from my childhood: the Little House books, the Great Brain books, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and books by Ellen Conford and Judy Blume. I recently had a school visit that had been attended by R.R. Knudson, author of the beloved girl-athlete (back when that was something of a novelty) Zan books – cool!
I live in northern Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC, with my husband, three children, a cat and a dog. I love freshly baked bread, good pens, and, of course, some gummi bears now and then.” Source