A Chance to Win

Boyhood, Baseball, and the Struggle for Redemption in the Inner City
Product Number: EB00366529
Released: May 24, 2014
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
ISBN: #9781429974431
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
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Description

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist follows an embattled Little League team in inner-city Newark, New Jersey, revealing the complex realities of urban life in one of America's most dangerous cities When Rodney Mason, an ex-con drug dealer from Newark's rough South Ward, was shot and paralyzed, he vowed to turn his life around. A former high-school pitching ace with a 93 mph fastball, Mason decided to form a Little League team to help boys avoid the street life that had claimed his youth and mobility. Predictably, the players struggle-they endure poverty, unstable family lives with few positive male role models, failing schools, and dangerous neighborhoods-but through the fists and tears, lopsided losses and rare victories, this bunch of misfits becomes a team, and in doing so gives the community something to root for. With in-depth reporting, fascinating characters, and vivid prose, Jonathan Schuppe's A Chance to Win is both a penetrating, true-to-life portrait of what's at stake for kids growing up poor in America's inner cities and a portrait of Newark itself, a struggling city that has recently known great hope as well as failure.

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Author(s): Jonathan Schuppe
Original Publish Date: May 07, 2013

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