by Kelly Loy Gilbert
2015 CBC Children’s Choice Awards: Teen Choice Debut Author
A 2016 Morris Award Finalist
A Junior Library Guild Selection
An American Booksellers Association 2015 Indies Introduce Selection
2015 Chinese American Librarians Association Best Juvenile Book Award
A 2015 Indie Next Selection
Ten years ago, God gave Braden a sign, a promise that his family wouldn’t fall apart the way he feared.
But Braden got it wrong: his older brother, Trey, has been estranged from the family for almost as long, and his father, the only parent Braden has ever known, has been accused of murder. The arrest of Braden’s father, a well-known Christian radio host, has sparked national media attention. His fate lies in his son’s hands; Braden is the key witness in the upcoming trial.
Braden has always measured himself through baseball. He is the star pitcher in his small town of Ornette, and his ninety-four-mile-per-hour pitch already has minor league scouts buzzing in his junior year. Now the rules of the sport that have always been Braden’s saving grace are blurred in ways he never realized, and the prospect of playing against Alex Reyes, the nephew of the police officer his father is accused of killing, is haunting his every pitch.
Braden faces an impossible choice, one that will define him for the rest of his life, in this brutally honest debut novel about family, faith, and the ultimate test of conviction.
North American publisher: Disney-Hyperion, 2015
Foreign rights contact: Emily Meehan, Disney-Hyperion
Film/TV rights contact: Allison Devereux, Wolf Literary Services
Both hopeful and devastatingly real.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
Fans of Carl Dueker’s multilayered sports novels, Harlan Coben’s psychological thrillers, or Bryan Bliss’ No Parking at the End Times (2014) will all be captivated by Gilbert’s moving debut.”—Booklist, Starred Review
[A] poignant look at the messiness of love, faith, and humanity. A strong debut.”—School Library Journal, Starred Review
With rich language, the novel conveys powerful themes and symbolism … This complex novel is a thoughtfully written work that will provoke thought.”—School Library Connection, Starred Review
The tale remains a thorough examination of all that the title implies, spanning the court drama and challenging the beliefs of each member of this dysfunctional family.”—Publishers Weekly