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Publisher's Summary

Jerry B. Jenkins, the author of Hometown Legend and co-author of the Left Behind series, returns with the story of a boy who has been bestowed a gift that presents the challenge of a lifetime, and of the mother determined to help him become The Youngest Hero.

Miriam Woodell realizes that the man she married, though charming and athletic, is gripped by a dangerous darkness. She has no choice but to save herself and Elgin, her young son - leaving rural Mississippi for the big, cold city of Chicago.

Strong and resolute, Miriam struggles to survive. Meanwhile, Elgin pursues a seemingly impossible dream. Fueled by the lessons his father taught him, he plays ball on the concrete streets and even sets up a batting cage in the basement, using a decrepit, malfunctioning pitching machine to teach himself to hit.

By spring, Elgin is ready to find a team. By the end of the summer, everyone will be talking about the 11-year-old who plays baseball like a high school star - a prodigy on his way to greatness, despite staggering odds.

Yet Elgin must still come to terms with his father, whose life has reached a dead end. With a new man entering Miriam's life and scouts wooing Elgin, mother and son must learn painful lessons about themselves, each other, and the people they are forced to trust.

©2002 Jerry B. Jenkins, All Rights Reserved (P)2002 Time Warner AudioBooks, a Division of the AOL Time Warner Book Group

Critic Reviews

"Baseball fans will gladly stick with the story until the final inning." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Robert
  • ypsilanti, MI, USA
  • 09-19-06

dissapointed

A word of caution to all of the fans of Jerry's many Christian books: this is not one of them. The characters are engaging and the writing keeps you moving, but I kept waiting for the spiritual side of their lives to come forth. It never did.
Perhaps this had to do with this book being published by Time Warner.

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  • Amy
  • United States
  • 08-07-12

Not impressed

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I found the plot lacking and very stereotypical in a way of a Christian style love story and plot...in a way. Not my favorite one and am usually impressed with this author.

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  • Rikki
  • Minchinbury, Australia
  • 04-09-12

It's different from the book!

this is one of my favourite books so I noticed the changes. love it though!

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  • Larry
  • Guntown, MS, USA
  • 06-28-06

Great Book

The only negative thing I would say about this audio book is I just could not make myself stop listening. It was interesting from the very start until the very end. Great book!!