Willy’s Ballgame & S’mores

Are you looking for a book that your whole family can read and discuss while sitting around the campfire toasting marshmallows for s’mores this summer?  Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it?

Willy’s Ballgame by Dennis N. Ricci is that quintessential summer book.  What could be more apropos for this time of year than a book about baseball?  But, here’s the perfection in this sweet read.  The heroine, Willy Mae Beal, a spirited pitcher is a girl, and I don’t mean that in the girlie way.  I mean that in the she’s-not-a-typical-male-ballplayer way.   She wants to be in the big leagues and has the fastball that just may get her there.  But what will it take? Can she overcome the locker room and all that goes with paving the ‘other’ gender path in the world of the minor leagues?  I don’t want to give away the story. So, I’ll hold off, but I don’t know diddly squat about baseball and I completely enjoyed the book as I warmed up to Willy Mae from the start.  She is so likeable and upon finishing, I wanted more of her and her story.  I knew that Dennis had been working on a book about baseball for the better part of the last two decades, and that he not only loved the game and knows the history, but also he has the oratorical gift that translates so beautifully to the written word, but he hit this one out of the park.  See, I do know just a tiny bit about the game.

Willy Mae will give you, your kids, your parents, your favorite Uncle, even Gram that summer book group experience of sharing the magic of a good read and while you are at it,  enjoy the s’mores.

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