HENRY HITS THE BALL is a finalist in the 2020 Independent Publishers of New England Book Awards, in the Literary Fiction category. The winner will be announced November 7 as IPNE gathers virtually for its annual conference. Check back here to see how we did!
HENRY HITS THE BALL wins the 2020 INDIEREADER Discovery Awards for action/adventure novels.
IndieReader, one of the original review-services for self, hybrid and independently published authors, has announced the winners of their IR Discovery Awards (IRDAs) for 2020. HENRY HITS THE BALL by Thom Ring won in the Action/Adventure category.
The book received the following verdict by IndieReader's reviewers. "Henry Brademeier has a talent and a disability...but supported by job coach Peter Gardiner, he bedazzles all with his slugger-prowess and charms most with his unassuming presence. What he decides at the end of HENRY HITS THE BALL will continue to enchant readers as they learn more about autism, baseball, and what really matters."
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HENRY HITS THE BALL is available through most local bookstores, Amazon, or at thomring.com."
There's plenty more buzz around HENRY:
From Writers Digest
"With its own unique spin, Henry Hits the Ball grabs readers and takes them for a wonderful ride that even non-sports experts will enjoy. An excellent story of a disabled young man having supreme talent and how he shakes up the baseball world, one hit at a time. (This reader) was drawn in from page one, and the narrative third-person voice of the grouchy sports scout was surprisingly entertaining and realistic. Highly recommended to anyone who loves sports stories, underdog stories, or movies like Remember the Titans or We Are Marshall.
From Readers Favorite
"An inspirational sporting story that shatters many myths about the ability of people with certain disabilities to function in the real world. Characters and setting are well developed and the plot develops at a compelling pace. Definitely an interesting read for coaches, baseball enthusiasts, and anyone who appreciates a good story about treating people equally and honoring the gifts they have to share."
From Chuck Brodsky
"Henry Hits The Ball really surprised me. While I love reading books about baseball, they're almost always historical and factual in nature. This novel grabbed me from the very beginning, and though I didn't want to finish it too quickly, I really couldn't put it down. It's a unique and unlikely baseball story that makes for a fun read."
Chuck's an American musician and singer-songwriter particularly known for his often humorous and political lyrics, as well as his songs about baseball, such as The Ballad of Eddie Klep, Moe Berg: The Song, and Doc Ellis' No-No. His song Radio was used in the movie of the same name starring Cuba Gooding, Jr.
From MOTIF Magazine's Beach Reads Books for Summer by Michael Bilow
"Baseball and boxing seem to be contenders for inspiring the most literary efforts, and there is no shortage of either from serious authors (including some true greats such as The Natural by Bernard Malamud and The Great American Novel by Philip Roth), but Thom Ring's new contribution manages to cross genres in an original way, avoiding the cliches of both coming-of-age and sports novels."
Read the complete FIVE-STAR RATED review from Reader's Favorite
HENRY HITS THE BALL featured on the front page of the Pawtucket Times, April 23, 2019.
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