The Aurora County All-Stars
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The Aurora County All-Stars

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  770 ratings  ·  131 reviews
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published August 1st 2007)
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I am so glad I shared this with my kids. It was my second time reading/listening to it and I enjoyed it just as much. My daughter was afraid it was going to be boring at first since it has a baseball theme going but she was pleasantly surprised. Both kids said they really liked it. I want to get my own copy. This book is about facing problems and sometimes working them out but sometimes just having to overcome them. If you can get the audio version, DO!!!

I picked this book to read by searching f...more
House Jackson just wants to play baseball, but a broken elbow put him out of commission for last year's big game. He's determined that nothing will stand in his way this year, but when the town pageant, that every kid is required by their mamas to participate in, is scheduled for the same day he fears that he might never be able to play.

I hesitate to even describe the book at all because the baseball game barely scratches the surface of this story, and readers shouldn't write it off as just anot...more
This really good book is about House Jackson, a 12-year old baseball fanaticic living in a small town. He is the team of the Aurora County All-Stars, and guess what he has a big secret. He has been hanging out in the afternoons by a weird old man for the last year because of a broken arm, locally known as Mean-Man Boyd, nobody can know.He is ready to play ball again but his teams biggest and only official game might canceled due to the same girl who broke his elboe. She and House bumped into eac...more
This book was absolutely the most boring book I have ever read. It was so boring that I had to quit reading it before I finished (I barely do that). The subject of the book was kind of like High School Musical, which is not the best in book form (if you ever read this book you will discover this too).
I recommend reading the Aurora County trilogy in order: Love, Ruby Lavender; Each Little Bird that Sings; and The Aurora County All-Stars. Thank you, Deborah Wiles. You are brillant.
What an incredible book! I listened to the audio edition of this title. Kate Jackson, the actress, does a superb job voicing the characters and giving each their own identity.

The story is almost indescribable in its intertwinings. The inclusion of epigraphs at the beginning of each chapter was so well-done. These either came from Walt Whitman or from baseball players or aficionados. Each was appropriate to the chapter.

I will say that I never expected "Leaves of grass" by Walt Whitman to play s...more
Cindy Huffman
Deborah Wiles authored one of my favorite novels from last year, each little bird that sings. The Snowbergers are in this one, as well as Ruby Lavender, who is featured in another of Deborah Wiles' book, Love, Ruby Lavender.

But this one featured House Jackson, a 12 year old boy that I was introduced to by the fact that he found an old neighbor dead in his bed.

House had been reading to the bedridden man for months, after breaking his arm at the worst moment any 12 year old boy could fathom: befor...more
I still love Each Little Bird That Sings the most, but this one was very good, too. Boys might like this one better than the previous two. I would've probably given it a 5 if I liked baseball better! House Jackson, 12 years old, is the star pitcher and captain of the Aurora County All-Stars, but has been nursing a broken elbow. As he gets ready to play again, the town schedules its 200th anniversary pageant the same day as the only game of the year. Also, House was there when Mr. Norwood Boyd, t...more
Ryann Murphy
House Jackson has a secret. After breaking his arm before the one and only Aurora County All-Stars aseball game last summer, he began visiting Old Man Boyd - a friend of the family - every evening. One morning Mr. Boyd dies and the truth about Mr. Boyd and his relationship to House's family and baseball.

Aurora County is all set to celebrate the one and only baseball game of the summer - but it is now complicated by the Aurora County pageant for the same day. House and Finesse, with her own relat...more
Emma Helstrom
Aurora County All-Stars has a fantastic beginning. The book begins with House Jackson watching his neighbor, Mr.Norwood die. This is not House's first time seeing someone he loves die. House had watched his mother die about six years ago. This book takes place in Aurora County and is all about House swallowing his toads, his mother used to say. During this book House finds out that he has more of a relationship with Mr.Norwood than he thought and on the way hurting his pitching arm right before...more
Sterlin Perry
Aurora County All-Stars

Upon reading the first 40 chapters of this book the story never really began. If you like action packed or fast paced books than this defiantly isn't for you. The first few chapters give information on people, the rules of the neighborhood and old stories and past experiences of the characters.

As a reader who hasn't finished the book yet I haven't really gotten to anything I consider exciting. From what I've read the book chronicles a young baseball player named House Ja...more
Devin Logan
The Aurora County ALL-Stars, by Deborah Wiles, is a great book about how a death brings the county together, to see the true meaning behind baseball and its significance. House Jackson, who is a young teen and pitcher soon after the death of Mr. Norwood Boyd, learns the true meaning behind the baseball game played annually by the Aurora County All-Stars and Raleigh Redbugs, and that some meanings are past what you see, sometimes its deeper in the words. The author's purpose of this book was to e...more
Jan 19, 2008 Jackie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jackie by: Susan Kunkle
Baseball,Poetry, and would never think they could come together, but they do! House Jackson, ace pitcher for the Aurora County All-Stars broke his elbow last year, or should I say, a girl named Finesse, accidently caused him to break his elbow. This event caused him to miss all of last year's baseball season and they lost to their rivals, the Redbugs. OUCH! His recuperation included spending time with a crotchety old man in a decrepit house that every kid in Aurora is mortall...more
A warning: don't mope around and say "this one just isn't tugging at my heart-strings like Each Little Bird That Sings or Love, Ruby Lavender," because it can only end one way. In tears. Just have faith in Deborah Wiles; no matter what else she may do with the book, she WILL tug at your heart-strings (as the cover blurb on Kitri's just-picked-up-from-the-library copy of Ruby Lavender claims). This one has a slow start, and I didn't feel like I really knew House until quite a ways into the book,...more
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Elle Joseph

The Aurora County All-Stars

The Aurora County All-Stars By Deborah Wiles. The genre is .......... This book has many secrets to be told. All the characters have their own unique ways. House Jackson one of the main characters Twelve-year-old House Jackson, the Aurora County All-Stars captain and star pitcher, has slogged through the preceding year with an out-of-commission elbow. The 14-year-old Frances Shotz, the girl who broke House's elbow. One of the biggest and only game...more
Old Mean-Man Boyd is dead, to begin with. House Jackson saw him die. Saw him draw his last breath on a warm summer morning and secretly called the ambulance to take the man away. On the one hand, this is good news. Now House can play more baseball and hope to beat the only other team around for miles on July 4th, the sole day of the year that they play. On the other hand, House grew close to the old man as he read to him. So close that he hasn't told anyone, not even his best friend Cleebo, abou...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
This one is tough to give a rating. I found myself irritated by several things: the highly PC way of describing African American characters' skin tones: chocolate, pine cone, coffee beans... If the non-black characters are equally treated, with milk, honey, peach, etc. skin tones, I probably would have been more forgiving; Honey's incapability of pronouncing the dog's name (Eudora is an unusual name but YouDoggie is DEFINITELY NOT similar in sounds... and she's not insisting on calling the dog Y...more
My family listened to the audio version of this book, so the voices of the characters in this small southern town are now imprinted into my brain. Perhaps that's the best way to take in this story -- I am not sure I could have pictured the richness of the characters otherwise, since I am not from the south. Anyway, I found this to be an excellent young adult novel that intertwines baseball, theater, poetry, race relations, loss, and learning about oneself as a young person. The language was gorg...more
Normally I am very suspicious of books that have poetry before the start of every chapter; this technique often feels like the author is putting on airs and very rarely do the quotes have a direct connection to the chapters following. However, Deborah Wiles does a wonderful job combining the words of Walt Whitman and quotes from various baseball greats in this touching story of a young boy who loses a friend and gains a baseball field. House Jackson must overcome the death of a man who had a dee...more
Jul 01, 2008 Susan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: baseball fans, small town afficianados, Walt Whitman fanciers,
I learned: that Kate Jackson was the perfect choice to read this book (I listened to it). That I won't soon get the sound of Honey, House Jackson's younger sister, calling the pug named Eudora Welty "Eudoggie" out of my mind...poor Ms Welty. That I need to read Leaves of Grass again...and maybe watch "Bull Durham" too, 'cause a lot of this book felt like that movie--without the sex. They share the South as a location and a love of literature--Walt Whitman, to be exact, and baseball.

This is the t...more
Quirky characters + little league + "Let's put on a show!"

There are a lot of big issues hidden in this seemingly light-hearted book: Racism, sexism, death, integrity, friendship, etc. This will appeal to the deep thinking intermediate reader as well as the skimmer.

It bothered me a little that I could never figure out the time setting of the novel. I kept picturing 1950s or 1960s, but then they revealed that the Civil Rights movement was many years in the past, so I was a little confused. I liste...more
On the surface, this seems to be a book about a bunch of kids who want to play baseball. What it is really about is making compromises that can bring people together to create something very important . . . a community. This book is subtle and not overplayed. It has some funny moments too. One of the main character's is a little annoying because she is always faking a french accent, but this is probably less annoying in the text version. The baseball game at the end is pretty well written. My mi...more
I appreciate the effort of the author to face difficult topics like death in a way that juvenile readers might relate, but I think this one missed the mark and I don't think it would appeal to the crowd it was intended . The book was kind of choppy with newsflashes (excerpts from the local reporter), quotes from Walt Whitman poetry and baseball statistics thrown in at seemingly random times. The main character never really seemed to resolve his issues with death and forgiveness in the end. It ju...more
My kids (who are undoubtedly too young for this novel's optimal readership) were unbelievably patient -- more patient than I -- with its slow development. Baseball themes trump all, for them! The story had its heart in the right place, with Walt Whitman's "symphony true" ideal of the interdependence of all things and therefore the need to be oneself. Some of the humor made me laugh aloud. But in general I found it too *studied*, trying too hard to be literary. NB: I am not familiar with the prev...more
Lisa Nagel
Grades 3 and up
i liked this book and it has some fine moments but there were some pacing problems and some of the beautiful Walt Whitman quotes will be lost of younger readers. The title and cover make you think it is about baseball, and while baseball does play in this book, the real focus is lessons on life and acceptance of others. I am not sure that the kids that will pick this up for the cover will be able to relate so this one may be best as a read-aloud so that an adult can help translate...more
Mandy Nabors
I absolutely did not want this book to end!!! Loved it!!
May 13, 2008 Kristin rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle school students
Although it didn't capture my attention as much as Each Little Bird That Sings, I enjoyed Deborah Wiles' newest book. I loved all the references to the other book, and the characters with truly unique "character!" It's a story of how love and sacrifice can bring a community together.

By the way, you'll begin to see me flying through YA novels, as I'm in a children's lit grad class. Part of my coursework is to read 30 books that I haven't read before by June 16. Four down, twenty-six to go...
The Aurora County All-Stars is a great story. It is about a boy named House who is the Captain of a baseball team called The Aurora County All-Stars. House's team plays one game every year. It is on the 4th of July at 4 P.M. The problem is that the Pageant is scheduled at the same time on the same day, and nothing can be changed. House and all of the rest of the team are forced to be in the pageant. What can House do to solve the problem? You should read the book to find out.
Heidi Taylor
I was already a big fan of Deborah Wiles before I read this book, so I was certain I would enjoy it. House Jackson learns a lot at the young age of twelve. He already knows a lot when it comes to his favorite sport, baseball, and it is because of his love of baseball that he ends up learning some lessons in friendship, loyalty, the importance of community and even love. A variety of clever and endearing characters make this a worth-while read.
A group of boys in a small town play one baseball game a year against a team from the next county over. It is a heated rivalry, and it is a very big event. The pitcher of the team is doubly excited because he had a broken elbow last year and couldn't play. All because of a girl. This year, however, the county is putting on a huge production and the person in charge is the same girl who broke his elbow and the county has cancelled the game.
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Deborah Wiles was born in Alabama and spent her summers in a small Mississippi town with an extended family. She writes about them and they live on in her stories.

She has an MFA in Writing from Vermont College and taught at Towson University in Maryland, Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at Vermont College.

Deborah has written three novels about growing up in the south. They are k...more
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