Mudville by Kurtis Scaletta

mudvilleIf you enjoy baseball, then you are definitely going to enjoy this book.  Mudville is first and foremost a a baseball story.  But don’t let that stop you from reading this book.  There are also interpersonal relationships between father and son, family, friends, strangers, and a centuries old rivalry that goes on and off the field.  Scalletta has woven a tale that includes among other items a crazy Indian  legend about why it rains all the time in Moudville AKA Mudville.  Does it stop raining?  Why yes – baseball can once again be played and maybe (just maybe!) Mudville may at last beat Sinister Bend. 

The characters are well rounded out, including many of the secondary characters, which is nice to see in a juvenile novel whose sole purpose is to keep the reader interested and wanting to come back for more instead of leaving things dangling that may or may not be resolved in  a sequel.  Once you pick this book up, it will be impossible to put it down until it is finished.  Mudville is a nice jumping off point to more complex and more mature novels.

(Mark Taylor, Benjamin Branch)

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