TEEN LIBRARIAN'S REVIEW:
Another novel in free-verse (think poetry) form. "Hard Hit" is a short, easy read that may have special meaning for anyone who has lost a loved one. Mark is a 10th-grader, a pitcher on his school's baseball team, and a good son to a father who is struggling with pancreatic cancer. The poems create a nice story of Mark’s friendship with his best friend Eddie; his crush on a girl named Diane; his attempts to grow lettuce with his father, who becomes increasingly ill as the story moves on; and his desire to pitch a no-hitter as a sacrifice for his dying dad. The ups and downs of terminal illness, and the reality of grief, make this a gripping story.