Title: Never Blame the Umpire
Author: Gene Fehler
My synopsis: Kate is 11 year's old and enjoying her perfect summer. She is playing baseball with her brother, tennis with her family, and is in a summer course for creative writing - where she is encouraged to write poetry. Her best friend Ginny is also taking a summer acting course, so they at least get to see each other every day.
But then her mom gets sick - and they are told that there is nothing the doctor's can do to make her better. Kate thinks that if she just prays the right prayer, believes that God will heal her mom, then surely He will.
My thoughts: I liked the way the author dealt with tragedy and explaining why sometimes we cannot understand what God's will is in a certain situation. This book hit close to home with me, as I lost my father at 17. This shook my faith and for many years - and I mean many years - I rejected the God that I had loved as a teenager. The age range for this book says 9-12 - but I think it would be good for older teens if they are dealing with a similar situation. While the writing is simplistic for a pre-teen - the message is ageless.
Read the first chapter of Never Blame the Umpire.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book for the First Wild Card Tour.
Never Blame the Umpire
Publisher/Publication Date: ZonderKidz, March 1, 2010