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Not even losing his hand can keep Norm from trying out for the baseball team
What would life be like with only one hand? That's exactly what eleven-year-old Norm finds out when he loses his left hand in an accident at his family's store. It's July 4, 1946. World War II has ended, and life is getting back to normal. But for Norm, the pressing question now is whether he will ever be able to play baseball again, or be an artist. It's up to Norm to find the strength to get beyond this roadblock and move on with his life.

Set against the quickening pace of life after wartime constraints, this inspiring novel is about an optimist who overcomes his misfortune with discipline and humor--and fulfills his dreams in ways no one could have expected.
Hardcover
Published on March 3, 2009 by Turtleback Books
3 Book Reviews
  • jackg4vp
    jackg4vp17 days55 starsFeatured
    One-Handed Catch by Mike Auch is a realistic fiction book. The setting is Baseball fields, bleachers, Norms house, and Norms dad’s meat market. Norm wants to pitch for his baseball team, but his coach doesn't play him because he only has one hand. “You didn’t play baseball that well with two hands, how do you think you’re gonna make it with one? “If you’re gonna tell me what I can and can't do, you can leave.” So he asks the coach if he can pitch, and he says yes. Then he pitches and almost comes back to win the game, but comes up short losing 10-9. Topics addressed in this book are to Never Give Up On Your Dreams. I think this book is inspiring and true because it shows that people can do things they say they can if they have enough motivation. I would recommend this book because it's very inspiring, and it shows a one-handed boy being as normal as a person with two hands.
    • nigt wingabout 6 years
      i think this book was great except the hand part
      • mrupp
        mruppabout 6 years55 stars
        Honestly, I listened to the audio book of this. But DOGO does not have a spot for audio books. This was a really good story, and the audio book really brought out the expression in the characters, even though there was some boring parts. I could really relate. I mean, I did not get my hand cut off like the main character, but I could still relate.