by Bruce Brooks
The members of Whizs beloved baseball team -- the Breadhurst Newts -- need help in a bad way. They're losing to the worst teams in the league But then Whiz has an idea at his after-school printing job: What if he prints baseball cards with imaginary star players for his team? And what if they come to life?
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 19th 2002 by HarperCollins
(first published 2000)
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Throwing Smoke is a highly unusual allegorical tale about a mediocre middle-school baseball team struggling to confirm its group identity and figure out why they really play the game. It's fantasy mixed with large doses of reality in a style that only Bruce Brooks would dare to attempt; the story itself is innately strange in the way that it blurs the lines between the real and the imagined, but it's strange in a way that will breed curiosity in readers to discover how everything turns out by t...more
I gave this book 3 stars because I like baseball and its kind of like a real team just in a book. Throwing smoke is like people just playing baseball for the game, kind of like people do in real life. They just want to have fun like me playing and enjoying the time they got. I like Whiz cause hes kind of like me. He likes baseball but lets better people go ahead.
I wasn't especially thrilled with this book. I kept waiting for the message in this book to surface - you know "it's best to be yourself, whether it's good or bad" - but I didn't really get it. And I hated that Whiz' best friend was named E6.
Bruce Brooks (born September 23, 1950) is an American author of young adult and children's literature. He was born in Washington D.C., but spent most of his time growing up in North Carolina as a result of parents' being divorced. Although divorce is never easy for a child, Brooks credits moving around a lot between the two locations with making him a keen observer of social situations. Switching...moreMore about Bruce Brooks...