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Warrior on the Mound | Sandra W. Headen

Warrior on the Mound | Sandra W. Headen

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Narrated by twelve-year-old Cato, this intense and evocative story of racial unrest in prewar North Carolina ends with a dramatic match between white and Black little league teams.


1935. Twelve-year-old Cato wants nothing more than to play baseball, perfect his pitch, and meet Mr. Satchel Paige--the best pitcher in Negro League baseball. But when he and his teammates "trespass" on their town's whites-only baseball field for a practice, the resulting racial outrage burns like a brushfire through the entire community, threatening Cato, his family, and every one of his friends.


There's only one way this can end without violence: It has to be settled on the mound, between the white team and the Black. Winner takes all.


Written in first person with a rich, convincing voice, Warrior on the Mound is about the experience of segregation; about the tinderbox environment of the prewar South; about having a dream; about injustice, and, finally, about dialogue.


Back matter includes an author's note, historical background, biographical information about Negro League players, and more.


A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

 

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