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John Ritter

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John Ritter has written many novels and numerous short stories for Young Adult readers. His first novel, <i>Choosing Up Sides</i>, published in 1998, won the 1999 International Reading Association Children’s Book Award for Older Readers and was designated an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults.<i> Kirkus Reviews</i> praised <i>Choosing Up Sides</i>, which attacked the once-prevalent views of religious fundamentalists toward left-handed children, as, “No ordinary baseball book, this is a rare first novel.” In 2004 Ritter received the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People for his third novel, <i>The Boy Who Saved Baseball</i>.

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