I love Jordan Sonnenblick's books! This one had me sobbing at the end, but my students tell me I need to toughen up:)
Pete has it all heading into freshman year of high school--loving parents, an awesome grandfather, and most importantly, a killer curve ball that guarantees his spot on the varsity baseball team. When an elbow injury puts an end to his career, Pete's dream is derailed. He's also worried about his parents who seem to be ignoring his grandfather's health problems and working far too much.
Pete's girlfriend is one of my favorite characters, and Jordan Sonnenblick does a great job describing what makes her so awesome in this book trailer.
This book has broad appeal--enough sports to hook reluctant readers, enough romance for others, and a solidly great story about the complications of teen aged life. Appropriate for grades 7 and up.