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Alfred Slote

Alfred Slote

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Alfred Slote, born in 1926 in Brooklyn, NY., has written over 30 books, most of them for young readers. He also taught at Williams College and the University of Michigan where he wrote and produced educational television programs. His writing has been described as “making space travel seem as ordinary as piling in the family wagon for a jaunt to McDonald’s”. Slote’s 1991 novel Finding Buck McHenry was adapted into a 2000 television film. He currently resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2012 Slote and his baseball book Jake were the subject of an ESPN 30 for 30 short documentary in which Slote describes his writing process and reads from the book, saying it is his best writing.

Titles by Alfred Slote

Make-Believe Ball Player

In real life, Henry is clumsy, nearsighted, and slow to react — not exactly a star athlete. But in Henry’s games of make-believe baseball, he’s always a winner, no matter what. Henry has played real ball, and he doesn’t like it very much. Somehow, no matter how hard he tries, he ends up losing the game for his team. Imaginary games are much better: He can play any position he wants, and he can also impersonate both teams, the coaches, and even the crowd.

Then one night Henry finds himself in the middle of a dangerous situation. And as a result of the attention that follows, Henry is drawn back into the world of real baseball — and is given another chance to be a real sports hero!

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About the Book Scene in Ann Arbor

We love the fact that Ann Arbor is home to so many great authors, bookstores, and groups devoted to writing and publishing. One thing we noticed was missing though, was a single place to find all these things!

That’s why we created this site. In spite of all the great local brick and mortar bookstores, not one of them makes a point of stocking all the titles by local authors available in one place. We do, meaning you can browse over 400 titles by Ann Arbor authors in one place, and easily purchase them in our online store! We also have compiled useful lists of all the local bookstores, publishers, and writers’ workshops we could find.

Aside from the fact that Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan, it’s also often rated on “best places to live” lists, both of which may have something to do with why it is home to so many talented and notable authors, like Charles Baxter, Loren D. Estleman, children’s author Alfred Slote, and hundreds more. This high density of talent and smarty-pants residents means the demand for quality bookstores and other resources is high. Ann Ann Arbor does not disappoint…

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Jake

Jake, a tough, independent eleven-year-old ballplayer lives with his Uncle Lenny, a musician, and pretty much takes care of himself. His baseball team, the Print-Alls, is in first place, but they need a coach in order to stay in the League. No one’s father wants to do it, so Jake and his team come up with a plan that might be crazy enough to work.

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