Southpaw- November 16, 2009
This is the book I am going to do a reading response on. Southpaw by Rich Wallace. I think Rich Wallace really did a great job not giving away the story on Southpaw. I felt that the book had enough details and made it easy to understand. When he went to tryout for the team I knew how he felt because I had tried-out for Tai Tam Tigers. It was very nervous. I think this is a just right book because I know what the book is trying to say and fulling understand all the words.
Jimmy was the main character and he just moved to Hudson City. He is not shy after he makes a friend called Ramiro. Jimmy is a left-handed pitcher for the Hudson City baseball team. He was always bullied by Spencer and his friends. But soon somethings change and Jimmy gains courage. He becomes friends with Spencer. Spencer was basically the team players boss. He always had people on his side. But after a game that Jimmy pitched great he made an error which cost the game. He felt bad and he tried to get the blame. After that incident Jimmy and Spencer were friends.
Well the story was resolved by Jimmy getting the win and Hudson City baseball team getting their first win. I felt really happy for Jimmy because I know how it feels when your team loses 4 straight games and when you are in a slump. I would change the part when the author wrote: That short guy because it kind of insults Willie who is a good player. I would say that little swift guy. I think the author's message is that don't think negative and always believe you can do it. Example: (Restated) Jimmy thought he might not make the team. After all there are plenty of good players. And then coach told Jimmy and Ramiro made the team.