A heartwarming story about modern day dilemmas
I really enjoyed this heartwarming story about a young boy who loves playing baseball, his single mum and her struggles and the new guy, with a few issues of his own, who enters their lives.
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The characters are strong and real, with adult and child vulnerabilities that we can all relate to. The petty politics echo the kinds of issues we see in kids sport everywhere as well as alert us to those same kinds of issues playing out on a bigger stage. As an Australian reader, I can also relate to the kids sporting politics and the characters Greg McLaughlin draws so well.
Greg introduces us to interesting and likeable (and also not so likeable) characters and draws them, flaws and all, with a deft touch. He effortlessly weaves in the backstory to give us insights and depth. His antagonists are three dimensional and feel like the people you encounter in all walks of life.
The story raises questions of fairness, equal opportunity and how to deal with those who want to control the access to opportunities for others. It is a universal theme and very timely.
This is a warm, funny, entertaining and real story. I experienced a range of emotions while reading and was invested in the outcome. Well done Greg. Another great story.