There was a time when all was right in Taylor Dresden’s world - that is, as long as she was on the baseball diamond, pitching with all her heart.
But that was years ago.
Now, as she heads toward her senior year, the magic is gone. There’s no competition in her New Jersey high school, and summer league is not much better. With the scouts losing interest on account of her poor grades, and with the challenge of the game gone, Taylor has made a difficult decision: She won’t be playing her senior year.
Everything changes when a local, elite, all-boys prep school recruits Taylor for its own baseball team. One of the first three girls ever to attend, Taylor begins to see that she genuinely does have the opportunity to create some real change in her life, her way - and just maybe for the better.
But the Hazelton School is a rich boy’s world, its student body run by the Statesmen — an organization determined to force Taylor and the other girls out of their school. Their leader, Sam Barrett, may well be more than he seems, but in a school where not only the sports, but the classes too, are harder than ever, Taylor may never have a chance to find out.
Taylor knows she’s a great pitcher, but can she be a great student? Can she succeed in the face of devious boys who will stop at nothing to get rid of her? Will she rise above them or sink to their level — or will she be gone before she can do either?
Singled Out, the exciting sequel to Thrown a Curve, will answer these questions as Taylor struggles to find her place beyond the pitcher’s mound.
Sara Griffiths is a young adult author and teacher. Her first novel, Thrown a Curve, was published in May 2007. Sara has been teaching language arts to seventh and eighth grade students for many years. She began writing to provide struggling students novels that were age appropriate but easy to follow.
Sara is a graduate of Rutgers College in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is a teacher at South Orange Middle School in South Orange, New Jersey. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and the New Jersey Education Association.
Sara currently resides in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, with her husband, Jamie, and their son, Benjamin.