A Long Pitch Home is about Bilal, a boy who was perfectly fine living in Pakistan and playing cricket. But then after his father had disappeared for several days, he comes home and tells the family that they will be moving to America with Bilal’s Aunt and Uncle and he will be joining them eventually. Bilal hangs out with his cousin Jalaal who helps him learn English and teaches him about baseball. Bilal wants nothing to do with baseball, he wants to play cricket!
This is a relatively long book directed at children, but I think that it is a great story. It covers a year in the life of Bilal and all the adjustments he has to make coming to America, fitting in with the other kids, learning a new language and a new sport.
I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.
About the Book
Ten-year-old Bilal liked his life back home in Pakistan. He was a star on his cricket team. But when his father suddenly sends the family to live with their aunt and uncle in America, nothing is familiar. While Bilal tries to keep up with his cousin Jalaal by joining a baseball league and practicing his English, he wonders when his father will join the family in Virginia. Maybe if Bilal can prove himself on the pitcher’s mound, his father will make it to see him play. But playing baseball means navigating relation-ships with the guys, and with Jordan, the only girl on the team—the player no one but Bilal wants to be friends with. A sensitive and endearing contemporary novel about family, friends, and assimilation.