A Long Pitch Home

A Long Pitch HomeA Long Pitch Home
by Natalie Dias Lorenzi
Grades 4 & up

Bilal is surprised when he, his siblings, and his mother suddenly leave Pakistan for America. His father must stay behind. They go to Virginia, where they stay with his aunt, uncle, and teenage cousin. The move to the United States is difficult for Bilal — in Pakistan he had good friends and was the star of the his cricket team. His cousin enrolls him in baseball camp to make the transition easier, but baseball really isn’t anything like cricket. Bilal can pitch, but batting is a lot harder. Plus, the English his coaches and teammates are speaking is very different from what he learned in school. To make matters worse, there is a girl on the team as well. Bilal worries constantly, about his father, his playing, his English. He knows he is fortunate in a lot of ways, and he has the help and support of many people in his life. This is an excellent look at the difficult transition of moving to the United States. Bilal is so likable and relatable that readers can’t help but become involved in his story and root for his success. There is plenty of baseball to keep sports lovers interested as well. Highly recommended for grades 4 & up.

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One Response to A Long Pitch Home

  1. So glad you enjoyed A Long Pitch Home! Thank you so much for writing such a lovely review. 🙂

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