One of the reasons I wrote Tagged Out is that my son has played baseball practically since he could walk. In the summer, our entire family lives at the baseball diamond.
For many years, that diamond was at Christie Pits, where Tagged Out is set (and he still umps there). This year, he joined the Hamilton Cardinals Bantam Elite team and they were given a great opportunity–to participate in the Ontario Summer Youth Games in Mississauga. They had an incredible time, and took home the bronze.
Congratulations to all of the competitors — and yes, my next baseball book will include some scenes that happened right on the field during the Games!
With strong characters and lots of action, the deeper themes of Tagged Out ensure that even readers who aren’t familiar with baseball, or don’t consider themselves sports fans, will find many things to think about.
Thank you, 49th Shelf, for including Tagged Out in your wonderful list of summer reads!
And thanks to The National Reading Campaign’s Roseanne Gauthier for such a wonderful review. She really “gets” what I was trying to do with Tagged Out — it’s a really well written summary of the book and discussion of what else is going on in there. So great.
If you don’t know 49th Shelf, you should check it out — I refer to it as kind of a “Canadian Goodreads,” (which I, in turn, call “Facebook for books”).
Thanks, BuzzFeed, for mentioning Tagged Out in this great line-up of books with LGBT characters.