How does an eleven-almost-twelve-year-old deal with a jelly belly he never asked for, the never-ending taunting by bullies, and the need to level the playing field for himself and his friends? Life’s not fair as Willie sees it! What’s a boy to do when he is not good enough to play on a tournament baseball team? How is a boy to befriend the school’s worst bullies at the request of the school principal?
This is the second book for Mary Ann Rose Hart. As in the first book, Mary Ann’s Mountain, Beaver Creek Blues continues with the theme of problems faced by preteens. Having taught grades 3-6 in the public schools for 36 years, the author knows “tweens” well. She has a master’s degree from Appalachian State University, emphasizing the emerging adolescent and reading skills instruction. The author served as a math lead teacher, writing math activities presented at regional and state math conferences.
This was the day I had dreaded all week.
“Hey, Willie, did you bring your ball and glove? Tryouts this afternoon,” shouted Nick from across the street while shaking what Grandmother Hop calls that “mop of hair” out of his face so that he could even see me. “You’ll make the team this year!”