#MondayMotivation Favorite #BaseballBooks @buffalojenn @MLConklin #TournamentPlay #LittleLeague #Playoffs

We asked some of our favorite authors for their baseball themed book picks for summer. Here is Melanie Conklin’s choice
(she LOVED this book):

The Distance to Home
by Jenn Bishop

Last summer, Quinnen was the star pitcher of her baseball team, the Panthers. They were headed for the championship, and her loudest supporter at every game was her best friend and older sister, Haley.

This summer, everything is different. Haley’s death, at the end of last summer, has left Quinnen and her parents reeling. Without Haley in the stands, Quinnen doesn’t want to play baseball. It seems like nothing can fill the Haley-sized hole in her world. The one glimmer of happiness comes from the Bandits, the local minor-league baseball team. For the first time, Quinnen and her family are hosting one of the players for the season. Without Haley, Quinnen’s not sure it will be any fun, but soon she befriends a few players. With their help, can she make peace with the past and return to the pitcher’s mound?

About Melanie Conklin

Melanie Conklin grew up in North Carolina and worked as a product designer for ten years before moving to New York, where she began to write. Her debut middle grade novel, Counting Thyme (Penguin), is a 2016 Nerdy Book Award winner, a Bank Street Best Books of 2016 selection, and an SCBWI Crystal Kite Finalist. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and sons. Connect with her on twitter at @MLConklin. She will be available for school visits in North Carolina August 21-25, 2017. Contact us today for more information!

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