Molly Williams and her father shared one passion: baseball. For as long as she could remember, Molly and her father had been playing catch in the backyard and watching baseball on TV with eager eyes. So when her father dies in a car accident, Molly isn’t sure what to do, especially when her mother doesn’t spend any time with her and instead reads catalogs and orders takeout. Six months after the accident, Molly strives to be known for something else other than her late father, so she uses her talent at throwing the elusive knuckleball and joins the boys’ baseball team.
Through the lessons she learns in baseball, and her two friends Celia and Lonnie, Molly pieces her life back together and finds new hope, even without her father. But how will she react to a boy on the team that doesn’t want her there? Will she stay close with her friends? And is it too late for Molly to fix the bond with her mother?
This gentle, pleasant story will teach readers the importance of finding the silver lining in every cloud, and the value of keeping your talent, no matter what happens.
(The writer is a seventh-grader at Merrimack Valley Middle School.)