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A Long Pitch Home (Hardcover)

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We all need more diverse books and this novel about Bilal, a 10-year-old boy from Pakistan newly arrived in the USA, provides a good place to start. This tale of family, culture, and refuge compassionately addresses immigration from a kid's perspective, and the plot turns on such questions as: will Bilal's father be able to join him or has he disappeared in Pakistan for  good? Will he survive the fact his younger sister's English is better than his? Will he learn to love baseball as much as cricket? And, ultimately what is home?

— From Lisa's Picks

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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.

About the Author


Natalie Dias Lorenzi is a full-time school librarian in Fairfax, Virginia, where a majority of her students are immigrants. She has previously taught in the US, Japan, and Italy, specializing in English as a Second Language. Natalie also writes curriculum guides for writers and publishers. She is the author of FLYING THE DRAGON, which was a Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Book of the Year. From the eBook edition.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781580897136
ISBN-10: 1580897134
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing
Publication Date: September 6th, 2016
Pages: 256
Language: English