Written by Natalie Dias Lorenzi
Published by Charlesbridge Publishing
Ten-year-old Bilal liked his life back home in Pakistan. He was a star on his cricket team. But when his father suddenly sends the family to live with their aunt and uncle in America, nothing is familiar. While Bilal tries to keep up with his cousin Jalaal by joining a baseball league and practicing his English, he wonders when his father will join the family in Virginia. Maybe if Bilal can prove himself on the pitcher’s mound, his father will make it to see him play. But playing baseball means navigating relation-ships with the guys, and with Jordan, the only girl on the team the player no one but Bilal wants to be friends with. A sensitive and endearing contemporary novel about family, friends, and assimilation. Natalie Dias Lorenzi is a full-time school librarian in Fairfax, Virginia, where a majority of her students are immigrants. She has previously taught in the US, Japan, and Italy, specializing in English as a Second Language.
Primary ISBN: 9781580897136
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback
Chapter Book, Age 08 or older
Setting: Pakistan, United States
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Immigrant
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