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First time I saw Bix was at a baseball game. He was a shortstop, supreme. I didn’t want to start liking this flashy cracker with a momma in a high-style black dress. But Bix got me, baby. Next thing I knew, there I was, Jerome Foxworthy, doing hoops privately in the woods and getting my moves down, when Bix showed up. I taught him all I knew—even though he wanted to play everything straight, not fake it. Because he had one game coming up where he’d need all the moves to put his life together again…
“Asa—possessed of rare sweetness, humor, and inner strength—survives intact cruel tests of his integrity, intellect, and sense of decency. From an outstandingly perceptive writer, a moving portrait of a boy, observed at four revealing turning points.” —K.
The deep bond between a boy and his grandfather may be the only thing that can save the old man’s life when he suffers a heart attack. But first the boy must overcome his feelings of helplessness and guilt.
With the imaginative assistance of Dooley, the nephew of a local nurse who knows a mysterious ritual called “soul switching,” the narrator discovers, in a reluctant flight to the farthest edges of faith, the miraculous and healing power of love.
In the best literary tradition of Truman Capote and Carson McCullers, award-winning novelist Bruce Brooks tells this spellbinding tale with a compassionate understanding of the capacity of children to transcend pain with amazing grace.