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"This isn't really your traditional account of a tender man's loss of life of melanoma, yet a full of life and unheard of tale of John Baker's choice to depart scholars with newfound talents and self-confidence. . . . a striking, uplifting tale of desire and backbone which is just not missed."--Bookwatch
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A scrawny kid like you? You wouldn't stand a chance. " He pointed a finger at John's face. "And I say you'll be at ball practice this afternoon. " Throughout John's story, Jack's anger had mounted. " he asked. "I didn't go," John said. "And I'm not going. But now the coach is picking on me. " Jack looked at his watch. Ball practice would still be going on at the school. Without another word he left the house, got into his car and drove away. When he returned a half-hour later, John was sitting at the kitchen table with Polly.
That's not Goff," he screamed. " Pounding toward the homestretch, John grinned and glanced back over his shoulder. " Wolffarth shouted. "Run! 5. He had not only scored an upset, he had set a new meet record. The crowd cheered wildly. What had happened on the far side of that hill? Later that evening John told his family. Halfway through the race, with things going as expected, he had asked himself: Is this my best? He didn't know. Resolutely, he fixed his eye on the back number of the front runner.
He had no plans to play basketball that evening with John Haaland. But he urgently needed to talk to his best friend. For despite his show of nonchalance to his parents, he was deeply worried about what had happened that afternoon. He had reasons. Reasons he'd mentioned to no one. Now, he was determined to bring his secret fears into the open. Page 18 From an outside pay phone near the station he dialed John Haaland's number. He was relieved when Haaland answered. " Haaland recognized Baker's voice at once.
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