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A Long Pitch Home
by Natalie Dias Lorenzi


Overview - Ten-year-old Bilal liked his life back home in Pakistan. He was a star on his cricket team. But when his father suddenly sends the family to live with their aunt and uncle in America, nothing is familiar. While Bilal tries to keep up with his cousin Jalaal by joining a baseball league and practicing his English, he wonders when his father will join the family in Virginia.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Ten-year-old Bilal liked his life back home in Pakistan. He was a star on his cricket team. But when his father suddenly sends the family to live with their aunt and uncle in America, nothing is familiar. While Bilal tries to keep up with his cousin Jalaal by joining a baseball league and practicing his English, he wonders when his father will join the family in Virginia. Maybe if Bilal can prove himself on the pitcher's mound, his father will make it to see him play. But playing baseball means navigating relation-ships with the guys, and with Jordan, the only girl on the team--the player no one but Bilal wants to be friends with. A sensitive and endearing contemporary novel about family, friends, and assimilation.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781580897136
  • ISBN-10: 1580897134
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing
  • Publish Date: September 2016
  • Page Count: 256
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Emigration & Immigration
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Sports & Recreation - Baseball
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - Alternative Family

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-07-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

Bilal’s world is turned upside town when his father disappears for three days from their home in Karachi, Pakistan. After his father returns just as unexpectedly, Bilal, his mother, and his two sisters leave almost immediately for America to live with his uncle’s family. Bilal slowly learns that his father has been accused of a crime he didn’t commit and must clear his name before he can join them. Although Bilal’s extended family in Virginia is welcoming, the 10-year-old longs for his father and life back home. Lorenzi (Flying the Dragon) uses Bilal’s candid first-person perspective to bring readers into his struggles, including trading his favorite sport—cricket—for baseball. It’s through baseball that Bilal befriends Jordan, a girl who also misses her father, a soldier in Afghanistan. Filled with details about Pakistani and Muslim life (Bilal is shocked by the swimming attire at the local pool: “Aren’t the adults embarrassed to be half-naked in front of everyone?”), Lorenzi’s novel offers a sensitive look at the cultural merging that accompanies immigration. Ages 9–12. Agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary. (Sept.)

 
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