Fastballs with Franklin

Fastballs with Franklin


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Blaine and his mother continue to live with Uncle ABE. They plan to make Monfield their permanent home. Blaine is determined to convince his mother to build a log cabin on Uncle ABE's property. New friendships emerge, as old ones are put to the test.

Blaine's mother and Mr. B begin to develop a strong friendship. Tommy begins to hang with the wrong crowd. This means Blaine and the others are faced with losing one of their best friends.

As the basketball season winds down, and baseball/softball season is just around the corner, Blaine and his friends find themselves amidst another "historical" figure. Frank James, a dead ringer for Benjamin Franklin, is a brilliant scientist as well as the coach of the Monfield Red baseball team. His political fairness leads him to run for town mayor against an arrogant former mayor. Frank's scientific ingenuity and experiments lead Blaine and Jayla on a real adventure! Or is it real at all?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492723707
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/13/2013
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Brad Garrett is a fifth grade history and writing teacher who has a passion for sports. He always dreamed of writing a book when he was younger, but never knew exactly what to write. It wasn't until he actually dreamed an idea that he started writing.
He played baseball, basketball, football, and ran track growing up and dreamed of being a professional baseball player and thought history was boring. Mr. Garrett then majored in elementary education with a concentration in physical education at Eastern Illinois University. He has coached many sports at all levels.

It wasn't until he started student teaching that he found his love for Presidents, and U.S. History. His classes learn to memorize the presidents, have an end of the year President's fair, and learn about early history of the United States up to the Civil War. His favorite topics include Colonial America, The Declaration of Independence that leads to the Revolutionary War, the Constitution and the Civil War time periods.

Mr. Garrett also loves to teach life lessons and has incorporated small amounts of religion to show children to make the good choices between what is right and what is wrong, letting them make the decision, but being guided in the right direction.

He grew up in a small town, Fairfield, Illinois and lives in a small town, Monticello, Illinois; hence the fictional town of Monfield, that Blaine moves to.

Brad is married to Robyn Schneider Garrett, and has three children Brady, Megan and Ally. A lot of connections in his writing are related to his life, family and friends including dates and names.

His passion for teaching about history is used symbolically in his writing and combines with sports and the everyday dealing with life.
'Layups with Lincoln' and 'Fastballs with Franklin' were written to give children with a love of sports a chance to read about their passions in daily life. It is his hope to continue the series with his main characters, different sports, and more historical characters.

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