Dean Duffy Author:Randy Powell An ALA Best Book for Young Adults — From baseball star to high school loser in one game. Now what's next for Dean Duffy? — From Little League on, Dean Duffy was pegged to be a future baseball great, and that was fine with him--baseball was his life. Then his pitching arm went bad...and by senior year he was not only without a scholarship, but also... more » washed up. When his mentor finds a way for Dean to get one more chance through a trial scholarship, he's not sure it's worth the fight. As Dean struggls with his decision, he has to re-examine his life and his priorties, face his fear of failure, and learn just how much he's worth.
"Powell creates a recognizable world and peoples it with characters who are remarkably sympathetic and complex."