Out in Left Field

Out in Left Field
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February 20, 2012
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The sequel to When the Sergeant Came Marching Home offers more feel-good, laugh-aloud adventures of eleven-year-old Donald growin up in post-World War II Montana. This timeout, Donald is sure that his life is ruined when a pop fly beanball knocks him senseless out in left field. The error costs his team the game, and Donald is desperate to redeem himself. But all of his efforts end in disaster. Readers will welcome the return of this appealing young hero in a hilarious new story.

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In this sequel to When the Sergeant Came Marching Home (which I haven't read; it didn't affect my comprehension) set in 1947, Donald flubs catching a pop fly at the before school baseball game with a rival town, and feels that he let down the entire town. When school starts, he tries one scheme after another to redeem himself-- he saves up for an archery set, learns to drive a truck, takes up hockey, and generally tries to find something to set himself apart while enduring the taunts of his classmates. Life has its ups and downs-- the family's crops do well enough to get electricity in their house, relatives come and go, and school has its crises and triumphs. In the end, Donald realizes that one bad baseball game won't ruin his life.
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This reminded me very strongly of Homer Price, with small but telling illustrations at the beginning of the chapter, and the same leisurely descriptions of life as the year rolls on. I strongly suspect (but haven't been able to find out for sure) that Mr. Lemna grew up during this historical period reading Homer Price, and these books are his very fond memoirs. Could be wrong. I feel like I should give the book to my dad to read.
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