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Never Blame the Umpire

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  75 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Kate is having the best summer a sports-loving eleven-year-old could possibly have. Baseball. Tennis. And to top it off, Kate has just started a three-week class where she’s discovering a new love: poetry. Then comes the news that tears Kate’s world apart. In her close-knit family, Kate has always felt God’s love and protection. But how can she trust God now? Do sports or ...more
Hardcover, 184 pages
Published February 27th 2010 by Zonderkidz (first published February 16th 2010)
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Oct 17, 2016 Courtney rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVE this book!!!! It touched my heart and I will never forget it. The struggle the main Character Kate faces is something most people have experienced, and the lesson that goes with the story is one I will forever remember. I know that no matter what happen in life...we should never blame the Umpire.
Feb 27, 2010 Crystal rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book. From the first page, Kate took me right into the story and I could relate to so many things that were going on when I was a kid.

Kate is at the start of one of the best summers of her life until her parents bring her the news that her mother has cancer and it is inoperable. The rest of the book follows Kate and her family through the summer and how they deal with the coming death of a beloved family member.

I have never been a big fan of poetry but I thoroughly enjoyed th
Kate has the perfect life and the perfect family. She has two great supportive parents and a wonderful little brother. She loves sports and is looking forward to spending her summer playing baseball and tennis and writing poetry in her creative writing class. The biggest problem Kate thinks she has in life is her disappointment when her parents fail to attend her opening season baseball game where she gets the game winning hit. That is until she finds out her mother is dying. The news rocks Kate ...more
Oct 01, 2010 Janna rated it really liked it
A Young Adult book that deals with a heavy subject in a wonderful way, but that doesn't make it any easier to read. In this book, Katie is set to have a great summer. She is on the baseball team with her brother and her mom and dad are coming to their games. It opens at a game where she makes the winning play, except her mom and dad aren't there to see it. When she gets home something seems seriously wrong, but she figures she must be mistaken. Eventually Mom and Dad take Katie and Ken to the be ...more
Gina (My Precious Blog)
Another kindle freebie I downloaded thinking even though its a kid's book, I might actually enjoy it ~ wrong. I'm not a very religious person. Remarkably, I do tolerate most Christian Fiction as long as the author doesn't shove it down my throat.

This story is written for age 9-12. Its about Kate, the main character and narrator, a 12 year old girl having the best summer of her life until tragedy unexpectedly strikes her perfect family. The rug is pulled right out from underneath her, when she d
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Feb 25, 2010 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) by: FIRST Wild Card Tours;ZonderKidz
This was a wonderfully written book. I am very pleased that I had the opportunity to review this book. It is a short and easy read, as will be my review. Gene Fehler pulls together an unforgettable story of a young girl struggling with death of a loved one from cancer and feeling like her life is unfair. The issues and ways of handling this and God all shine through in Fehler's work. I will say that this book is geared toward younger people, especially those who may be struggling with death and ...more
Lenore Webb
Jun 02, 2010 Lenore Webb rated it liked it
My latest venture into the Y.A. life was learning the lessons of real life. Here I was again a kid. Remember the struggles of learning the rules of life. Yes, we tend to forget that it was hard to always fit in, know the way and be accepted. "Never Blame the Umpire" was junior high again. And not in the bad way! But where we stretched our bodies to the limits in sports while reaching with our minds for new ways to communicate. So much like Kate I tried to learn how to fit into the rules of life. ...more
I wanted more depth from this book. I know it's middle grade, but I've read depth in middle grade. I wanted to feel for Kate, ride this story along with her, with all her heartache and doubt, but it felt more like the story was told to me. Like it was a story in a Sunday School lesson to answer the question "Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?" and the teacher says, "Let me tell you a story about a girl named Kate who had that same question."

Added 4/4: my daughter just finish
Mar 05, 2010 Kathy rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This is a young adult book about dealing with the death of a loved one. It doesn't shy away from the hard questions that go with death and grief; on the contrary, the reactions of the two kids in the family are honest and accurate. Kate's experiences over the course of the summer - the advice she's given, the things she ends up doing - gently offer up tools for coping that I think would benefit any kid of about the same age that's dealing with a loss. The poetry worked well in the context of the ...more
Mar 10, 2010 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-books
I recieved this book from the First Reads program. The book is aimed at a younger audience... as a former fifth grade teacher I'd say about age 11 would be a good younger end of the range for this book, both for reading level and content.
As books for the age group go, I'd say the writing style is about average. I didn't dislike the book, but didn't find anything spectacular in it, either. The characters were fine but didn't really draw me in or make me deeply identify with them, the storyline w
J. Ewbank
Mar 13, 2010 J. Ewbank rated it really liked it
Received this book because I won it on Goodreads, and am I thankful. This is a good read.

The story concerns an eleven year old girl and her family of a father, mother and younger brother. Things are going well, at least ok for her and then she faces a tragedy in her family. They are a religious family and a sports family, as well.

The rest of the book concerns how she first is mad at God and then how through her sports and her poetry and her family life and friends, she finally comes to the reali
Lacey Louwagie
I read this for work, and I probably wouldn't have picked it up otherwise. I wouldn't have missed much.

Gene Fehler's depiction of the main character, Kate's, voice, is far too simplistic for the heavy issues this book struggles to address -- the death of Kate's mother and Kate's journey to understand it and God. It really felt like an old man pretending to be a little girl . . . which is exactly the case. The religious message, while not *too* heavy handed, was still too pat and "agenda'd" -- no
Mar 05, 2010 Jo rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
Not a fan. For one, I'm vastly older than the target demographic for this book. For two, books where people find God tend to be too preachy for my tastes. This one started out very light on the preaching, but by the end, it was too much for me. Perhaps this is a flaw in my personality, but that doesn't make me any more comfortable with "God is great!" this and "Jesus loves you!" that. Thus, into the sale box we go.

I received a free copy through FirstReads in exchange for an honest review.
Linda Fausnet
Nov 23, 2013 Linda Fausnet rated it liked it
This would be a good book for children who have lost a parent of have friends who have lost a mother or father. The book is well written and provided some interesting talking points for children concerning grief. However, it should be noted that this book is Christian Fiction. I didn't know this when I picked it up at the library. I guess I feel that it should be labeled as such.
Mar 03, 2010 Vika rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-books
This book is written for an age group of 9-12 i think, i really liked how innocent and PG this book was :) And it had a good message about God, how you can cope with a tragedy through poetry and prayer.
Overall this was an OK book, a quick read.
I got this book for free through Goodreads First Reads giveaway.
Apr 19, 2010 Rose rated it liked it
I won this book through Goodreads. Gene Fehler follows the story of an 11 year old girl struggling with her mother's cancer diagnosis. The story is somewhat "preachy," but might work for a very young Christian reader dealing with heavy subject matter.
Mar 26, 2010 Sarah rated it it was ok
I got this book for free through Goodreads First Reads giveaway. Decent story line, but just an okay book.
Apr 16, 2016 Alexandria rated it really liked it
This book was really good and I would recommend it to people who are religious. There are a few things I didn't quite get or lines I didn't understand but other than that I really enjoyed his book.
Nov 07, 2010 Nancye rated it really liked it
Very sad story but a great lesson. They use the an analogy comparing umpires to God. Easy read but sad too.
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