Search - List of Books by John H. Ritter

Baseball novelist John H. Ritter (born 1951) grew up playing "one-on-one" hardball with his brothers in the rural hills of eastern San Diego County along the Mexican border. His father was a sports writer in Ashtabula, Ohio, who moved the family out west to become Sports Editor for The San Diego Union. John's mother died of breast cancer when he was only four, but he remembers that she sang to her four children constantly, even making up a song for each of them that fit their personalities.

During high school, John was inspired by Bob Dylan, the songwriter, and spent time memorizing The Bob Dylan Songbook, as well as writing his own songs. After high school, he attended the University of California at San Diego, where he played baseball and met his wife, Cheryl.

For the next 25 years, John became a custom painting contractor, but he always set time aside to write. Then in 1994, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators honored him with the Judy Blume Award and a cash grant. Three years later, he retired from painting, and in 1999 his first novel, Choosing Up Sides (Penguin Putnam), won the International Reading Association's Children's Book Award.

A full-time writer of Blackfoot Indian, German, and Irish descent, John and his wife now live on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

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Total Books: 28
Fenway Fever
2013 - Fenway Fever (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780142424919
ISBN-10: 0142424919
Genre: Children's Books
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Desperado Who Stole Baseball
2010 - Desperado Who Stole Baseball (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780142415078
ISBN-10: 0142415073
Genre: Children's Books
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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This Family Is Driving Me Crazy Ten Stories About Surviving Your Family
The Desperado Who Stole Baseball
2009 - The Desperado Who Stole Baseball (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780399246647
ISBN-10: 0399246649
Genre: Children's Books
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Choosing Up Sides
2008 - Choosing Up Sides (Other)
ISBN-13: 9781435234437
ISBN-10: 143523443X
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The Boy Who Saved Baseball
2008 - The Boy Who Saved Baseball (Other)
ISBN-13: 9781435233058
ISBN-10: 1435233050
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Under the Baseball Moon
2008 - Under the Baseball Moon (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780142410905
ISBN-10: 014241090X
Genres: Children's Books, Sports & Outdoors, Teen & Young Adult
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The Boy Who Saved Baseball
2005 - The Boy Who Saved Baseball (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780142402863
ISBN-10: 0142402869
Genre: Children's Books
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Boy Who Saved Baseball
2005 - Boy Who Saved Baseball (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780606331166
ISBN-10: 0606331166
Genre: Children's Books
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The Boy Who Saved Baseball
2000 - The Boy Who Saved Baseball (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780439653053
ISBN-10: 0439653053
Genres: Children's Books, Teen & Young Adult
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Choosing Up Sides
1998 - Choosing Up Sides (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780399231858
ISBN-10: 0399231854
Genre: Children's Books
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The Boy Who Saved Baseball
The Boy Who Saved Baseball (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780439692403
ISBN-10: 0439692407
Genre: Teen & Young Adult
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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