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Named on of the Top 10 Sports Books of 2007—Bill Ott, Booklist

"disguised as a nostalgic, coming-of-age baseball memoir, this is a sly, spare meditation on the perils of childhood, the power of celebrity, the vagaries of human kindness, and how even tenuous family bonds can have a surprisingly steely impact."—joe Pilla, Paperbacks Plus

In pitch-perfect prose, and with a gift for conveying the fears and dreams of a young boy's life, Phil Hoose recalls the magical year of 1956, when his cousin, Don Larsen, pitched a perfect game in the World Series, and the game of baseball helped him take root in a tough new town. Perfect, Once Removed is a wondrous ode to the glory of baseball and to growing up.


Phillip Hoose's multi-award winning books include The Race to Save the Lord God Bird, (winner 2005 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for outstanding non-fiction), We Were There, Too! Young People in US History  (2001 National Book Award finalist) and the Christopher Award-winning manual for youth activism It's Our World Too!

Hey, Little Ant co-authored with his daughter Hannah, has been translated into eight languages and featured on PBS's Reading Rainbow.  It has been hailed by Teaching Tolerance Magazine as "A masterpiece for teaching values and character education."

His Hoosiers: the Fabulous Basketball Life of Indiana was called by Sports Illustrated "the one book about high school basketball in Indiana that has lasted and will last." 

Hoose has been a staff member of The Nature Conservancy since 1977.    A songwriter and performing musician, Hoose is a founding member of the Children's Music Network. He lives in Portland, Maine, where, at 59, he still plays shortstop on Sundays.
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ISBN-10:  0802715370
ISBN-13:  978-0802715371
Author:  Phillip Hoose
Genre:  Sports & Entertainment
Publisher:  Walker & Company
Date Published:  October 3, 2006
Format:  Hardcover
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If you are a guy or gal who was born before 1950 and enjoy the game of baseball then Phillip Hoose's "Perfect, Once Removed:  When Baseball Was All the World to Me " should be right up your alley.  Author Phil Hoose had just moved to Speedway, Indiana with his mom and dad in late 1955.  He was eight years old and having an awfully hard time adjusting to his new school and making friends.  To make matters worse, no one had ever taught young Phil how to play baseball. …
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