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Ball Boy reminds me of the books I read in grade school, when I looked at high schoolers as giants and athletes as heroes. Reading it reminded me of the feeling of lying on my stomach alone as a kid, a book held open on the floor between my hands and nothing else going on in the world. If you read Matt Christopher books as a kid, you know that feeling, and Ball Boy evokes it wonderfully.
I read “Ball Boy” cover to cover in one day, and my copy arrived with magical powers: As a fellow writer, I had been struggling to get past the idea stage for my second book and put pencil to paper, but as soon as I got my hands on “Ball Boy” I couldn’t stop writing for two days straight! I have all three of Paul Shirley’s books in my home library, and they are all enjoyable, edifying and inspirational. Can’t wait for the next one!
It is a great read. The story and the characters are especially relatable to anybody who has gone through their formative years in small town America. There is a little bit of Gray Taylor in all of us.
Ball Boy is an engaging story, written with such flair and modesty that it makes me want to be part of the Beaudelaire High School experience. Gray evolves into a great wise young man, and his personality is written in such a way that there are moments you don't know whether to hug him or yell at him. Great read!
This book was awesome! Reminded me so much of my own childhood growing up in a small town and playing basketball. A breeze of a read and entertaining throughout as it also made me reminisce of the trials and tribulations of being a kid in middle school/high school