Thursday, May 27, 2010

HUZZAH! HUZZAH! For Home of the Brave

Did you ever reach the end of a favorite movie or TV series and then sit back and say, "Ahhh!" because you were so satisfied? That's how I felt yesterday after turning the last page of Home of the Brave by Phil Bildner and Loren Long. It was a great ending of a terrific series, the kind of ending that makes you feel good, having come to the end of a wonderful journey. This book takes place in Baltimore and marks the final confrontation between the Payne family and the totally evil Chancellor, only now the bad guy has the magic baseball that the Paynes have depended on for so long. Can they possibly hope to withstand the Chancellor and his thugs without it? There's an epic baseball game, plenty of suspense, and some major surprises. This is one you've GOT to read, guys! (If you want to find out what we've said about these books, click on the "Sluggers" and "Barnstormers" tabs under this post)

And to encourage you to read all 6 books, don't forget there are prize packages for any guy who does! Look at the box in the top corner of the left-hand side of the page to find out more.

Speaking of prizes, guess who's giving out one more--it's Phil Bildner himself!! He saw that Michael read the series and won the prizes a couple of days ago and made a comment:

Way to go, Michael! I'd like to donate a prize, too: An autographed SLUGGERS poster.

Please email me at my website!



Wow, thanks, Phil! That was extremely nice of you. And the Phil and Loren have an excellent website at Be sure to check it out.

PS--One last question. What is it about baseball that makes it go mythic? I likefootball and really enjoy basketball but it's hard to imagine a series about a magic football or basketball. Why does the game of baseball lend itself so well to epic stories and magic? What do you think, guys?

PPS--OK, one more thought (grownups love to do this) This is a great book for Memorial Day. There's a very moving chapter called "A Pause in the Action" in which veterans from the Mexican War, the Civil War, and Spansih-American War (which included the Traveling Nine) come onto the field and everyone salutes them. Kinds choked me up. Hope something like that happens in your town over this holiday.

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