Baseball at the Ontario Summer Games

Photo: Allen Gou, Summer Games

Photo: Allen Gou, Summer Games

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!

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Great review of Tagged Out on 49th Shelf

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.

Here’s the National Reading Campaign’s review of Tagged Out.

And here’s the 49th Shelf list.

Capture 49th shelf August 2016 Tagged Out radar compilation by Kerry Clare



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”).


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Thanks to Village Living magazine!

ThVillage Living article 2016 Profile JG by Chris Sweeney captureank you to Village Living for this wonderful profile. Written by Christopher Sweeney.




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PRIDE Family Storytime July 2, 10:30 a.m.

PrideTO_Logo_BlackI’ll be doing a reading of Tagged Out during PRIDE Toronto, at the
Yorkville Library on Sat., July 2 at 10:30 a.m.

There will be other authors there as well, including Catherine Hernandez.

It’s a free event, and great for the whole family. Hope you can join us!

Click here for more details.



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Book launch cancelled (postponed)


There’s going to be a lot of rain tomorrow (Saturday) so the launch for Tagged Out has been postponed. The Opening Day Celebrations for Toronto Playgrounds baseball league have also been postponed. When I know what the new date will be, I’ll let you know. Sorry about that!


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Resource Links calls Tagged Out “another home run for Lorimer!”

This is the first review of Tagged Out, and I couldn’t be happier about it.

I was encouraged and delighted by this positive, thorough and well-written review from Resource Links magazine. In my opinion, Patricia Jermey very accurately captures what I was trying to do with Tagged Out, and the motivation of the characters. Not only is it a wonderful review, but it’s a really great synopsis of the book. Thank you, Resource Links!

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GRANT, Joyce Tagged Out (Sports Stories) James Lorimer & Co., 2016. 121p. Gr. 4-8. 978-1-4594-1075-6. Pbk. $9.95

Nash Calvecchio is not the usual teen protagonist: he is not the smartest, or the most popular, or the most talented athlete. His hard-edged persona has been formed in reaction to the very critical grandfather who has raised him. Baseball and his teammates are the most important things in his life.

When a new kid, Jock, joins the team, he threatens Nash in three ways: he is a better fielder than Nash, he quickly becomes friends with the other players, and he is openly gay. When he goes out of his way to give Nash baseball advice, Nash at first reacts badly. But after he realizes Jock really means to help, Nash works with him for extra practice.

When three bullies from an opposing team corner them late at night, Nash realizes he has to stick up for his friend. Once again, Lorimer Sports Series uses a popular team sport as a vehicle for effective social commentary. Jock is comfortable in his sexuality, although he confesses to Nash that he has never been sexually active.

This is a challenging topic for the target audience, age 10 to 13. Another home run for Lorimer Sports!

Thematic Links: LGBTQ Teens; Baseball; Teamwork; Friendship

-By Patricia Jermey

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