House Jackson, age twelve, star pitcher and team captain of the Aurora County All-Stars, has a secret. For the past year, while sidelined with a broken elbow, he has spent every afternoon at the bedside of a mysterious old man the other kids call Mean-Man Boyd–and he doesn't want anyone to know. Now House is finally ready to play ball again, but his team’s biggest (and ONLY) game of the year might be canceled, thanks to the very girl who caused his broken elbow. It’s almost too much to bear. But in the standoff that ensues, House finds a courage he didn't know he possessed–and discovers that just about everyone in Aurora County, Mississippi, has a secret.
About Deborah Wiles
Deborah Wiles is the author of the picture book FREEDOM SUMMER and three novels: LOVE, RUBY LAVENDER; THE AURORA COUNTY ALL-STARS; and EACH LITTLE BIRD THAT SINGS, a National Book Award finalist. She has vivid memories of ducking and covering under her school desk during air raid drills at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. She also sang in the Glee Club, was a champion speller, and hated Field Day. Deborah lives in Atlanta, Georgia.