Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip (Pantoum)

Curveball: The Year I lost my Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick is Pete’s story.  Pete is a freshman in high school, dealing with an injury to his arm that permanently impacts his ability to play his favorite sport – baseball.  While Pete deals with teachers, girls, parents, and how to tell his best buddy AJ about his baseball issue, he is also hiding a secret.  His grandfather is slowly losing his independence as Alzheimer’s takes over his memory and mind.  Of course, all of these painful, awkward threads through the story are written Sonnenblick-style, meaning that you feel like you have a best friend with you, keeping you safe and laughing through the painful moments.

Curveball

Pantoum Poem

Grandpa

Because memories matter,

Grandpa taught me to watch-

His love of photography,

His love of life.

 

Grandpa taught me to watch-

He gave me everything-

His love of life,

To see and to remember.

 

He gave me everything-

His love of photography-

To see and to remember,

Because memories matter.

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