In 1953, 11-year-old Charlie Nebraska befriends a transient 25-year-old black professional baseball player, Luther Peale. Their unique friendship has the whole town talking! Luther helps Charlie and his friends improve their baseball and Charlie helps Luther confront racial discrimination.
I listened to this because my 12 and 14 year old step-sons have been assigned Carol Gorman for book reports. The story is good, I liked the characters and the message. It felt age appropriate. It's multi-dimensional while staying simple enough to follow along.
Unfortunately, the narrator ruined it for me. I didn't recommend it for my sons to listen to it because of the narrator. He talks like he's reading to a very young child. His voice is sing-songy and almost sounded patronizing, like he's reading a bed-time story to a 5 year old.
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