A Long Pitch Home

A Long Pitch Home

eBook - 2016
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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. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, [2016]
Characteristics: 1 online resource (248 pages)
ISBN: 1607348705 (electronic bk.)
9781607348702 (electronic bk.)


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Nov 18, 2016

This book gently introduces readers to Pakistani culture while telling a story with universal appeal. Bilal is a lot like any 10 year old that has moved to a new place, instead he has moved to a new country. He wants friends and to fit in at school. Yet there are alot of firsts that I've *never* found in an elementary book. There are literally over 9 million kids in US who speak a second language and 1 million of those don't speak English well at all! Its shocking that all those kids are being completely ignored in literature. ESL is discussed and we see how useful it is to not only help with the language but also the adjustment of a new culture. Sprinkled throughout is the sharp differences of living in America. Muslim customs are mentioned but not the focus. No one makes fun of him for being different. Instead he has to decided to stick up for another girl thats being bullied. Adults probably won't like the story book ending but the length of time that is required before it comes about makes it very plausible. Baseball is the running theme. Yet because for Bilal its new, we get to experience it for the first time also. Give to fans of baseball, reluctant readers and white kids so they can continue to develop empathy for people who are different.


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