Clutch

Clutch

Book - 2017
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"A coming of age story set in historic and diverse Montreal, where a young Jewish boy dreams of a brighter future just as Jackie Robinson is making history with baseball's Montreal Royals."--
Publisher: Markham, ON : Red Deer Press, 2017
ISBN: 9780889955486
Characteristics: 240 p. ; 19 cm

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stephaniejoanna
May 30, 2018

As someone born and raised in Montreal, I adored the setting of this book. I loved the little references to things like Schwartz's and Fletcher's Field (aka Parc Jeanne-Mance) and Mont-Royal. The story itself was good - starts off a little slow but eventually picks up and has a solid, heartwarming ending. I enjoyed the writing style and felt Joey, the protagonist and narrator, had a strong voice.

That said, I do think the synopsis/marketing for Clutch is a bit misleading. This isn't really a book about baseball, nor is it a book about Jackie Robinson. Each chapter begins with a quote from a sports article, Joey's little brother is obsessed with baseball and Jackie Robinson is a background figure occasionally referenced (often awkwardly) - that's it. Based on the synopsis, I was expecting more information about Jackie Robinson's career, maybe even two parallel stories (Joey's + Jackie's) or plot lines that intersect .. but that's not the case. The baseball bits actually felt a bit gimmicky to me, so that was disappointing. Overall, though, a fun read with a good moral.

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