By Augusta Scattergood
While Theo will get off a bus in future, Florida, he is left in the back of the one existence he is ever identified. Now he is bought to stay with Uncle Raymond, a Vietnam warfare vet and a loner who desires not anything to do with this long-lost nephew. Thank goodness for leave out Sister Grandersole's Boarding residence and Dance tuition. The piano that sits in leave out Sister's dance corridor calls to Theo. He cannot wait to play these ivory keys. while Anabel arrives issues get much more attractive. This feisty woman, a baseball enthusiast, invitations Theo on her quest to discover the town's connection to old-time ball gamers rumored to have lived there years earlier than. A secret, an event, and a musical exploration spread as this city known as future lives as much as its identify.
Acclaimed writer Augusta Scattergood has introduced a straight-to-the-heart tale with unforgettable characters, humor, and tough questions on loss, kinfolk, and belonging.
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What if she says no? Then it’s omit Sister and Uncle Raymond mad at me. however the factor is, if our baseball venture seems, perhaps it’ll persuade Uncle Raymond we have to remain in future. very quickly flat, I’m down the attic stairs with the take on field hidden less than my T-shirt. My heart’s pounding! Did Mamie see me? I close my door softly. I shake the field, banging it opposed to the steel mattress body. Then mess around with the lock back. No good fortune. Stashing the field in our closet in the back of soiled socks and lingerie, i'll my center to decelerate. I wash the airborne dirt and dust off my arms and hurry downstairs, smiling to overcome the band. I absolutely can’t wait to teach Anabel day after today in class. with no even turning at the obvious studio lighting, I sneak onto the sleek black piano bench and open the keyboard. while my hands float over the keys, my heart’s pounding out the beat in time to my thumping bass notes. i alter the rhythm to play a song that’s fast, jazzy, vivid. concord! tune and baseball, future Day with Uncle Raymond! That field from the attic may be the resolution to my desires. whilst I get back to our room after supper, my uncle’s buttoning up his costume blouse, posing in entrance of our replicate. “Where’re you going? ” I ask. “Meeting anyone from paintings. now not a lot of your enterprise. You discovered whatever at that new tuition? ” He’s stable at altering the topic. i've got an concept! I’ll inform him in regards to the take on field within the closet. We’ll get his hammer, crack it open, and locate baseball treasures! Or I’ll get in immense hassle for taking anything that isn’t mine. rather than asking to borrow his hammer, I resolution his query. “My good friend Anabel and that i are nonetheless engaged on our undertaking for future Day. additional credits if we do an outstanding activity. ” He stares like I’ve simply instructed him I’ll be flying to the moon and reporting again. “Anabel? You operating with a woman? She’s now not turning you right into a sissy, is she? ” Uncle Raymond turns again to his mirrored image and elements his hair simply so, slicking it down with that pungent hair tonic. “She’s my pal, Uncle Raymond. ” I chunk my lip and check out back. “Think you’ll be round on future Day? ” He reaches out to gentle down a peeling fringe of the flag sticker he’s caught at the replicate, and purely the sound of the air conditioner whirring solutions my query. “I ain’t bought time for any of this,” he barks. “My project’s approximately baseball heritage. ” “Baseball, huh. you recognize something or approximately baseball. certain don’t desire a few woman aiding you. ” sooner than i will be able to clarify the project, Uncle Raymond shuts the door in my face. yet yeah, I do wish a few lady assisting me. even supposing I completely learn about baseball. To end up it, I succeed in into the drawer for my thick brown envelope. years in the past on my birthday, July 20, 1972, my granddaddy took me to determine the Braves play the Cardinals. at the lengthy force from our farm to Atlanta within the rain, he frightened the total approach they may name the sport. yet by the point we received to the stadium, the celebrities have been out. I pull out my Hank Aaron autographed baseball card, signed that evening. Granddaddy regularly instructed me to hold directly to it, it doesn't matter what.