Rob Wardell is a seventeen-year old who feels like he doesn’t quite fit in anywhere–not at home, not at school and not on the baseball field. The small, shy boy stays on the high school baseball team only to please his father since he knows he will never get to play. He’s living his life alone until he finds himself drawn into a friendship with the team’s new star pitcher, Josh Schlagel. The two boys hit it off instantly; maybe it’s because Josh isn’t exactly welcomed by the team either. But as Rob and Josh grow closer and start spending more time together away from the field, Rob realizes this his friend is hiding something. The bruises on Josh’s body and his reluctance to let Rob know about certain parts of his life have Rob suspicious. When Josh’s secrets are finally revealed and become life threatening, Rob and his family must step up to the plate.
I just finished reading Rounding Third. Thank you for sharing your powerful book with me. It clearly describes what young gay men experience in any school around the country, even today. The detail, the horror, the reality, along with the resilience and the loving intentions of good people create a story that touches the heart, eliciting many emotions. This is an important contribution to the understanding of the lives of our young LGBT people. Thank you for pulling no punches. I hope PFLAG and youth support organizations pick this up. -- Ronni Sanlo, Author of "The Purple Golf Cart" and who helped found numerous LGBT Centers at universities across the US I found time last night to read "Rounding Third". Once I started, I could not put it down. While I am not an avid reader, I do not recall ever reading any book straight through. Whatever your background, life experiences or sexual orientation, this book is a story that needs to be told over and over again. Every living soul has to one degree or another faced the challenges of youth, feeling different and sense of not belonging anywhere. It is a must read!! Thank you for sharing this with the world. - Bill Kelly WOW. This book took me back 25 years to when I was the age of these characters 16 to 18. I don't want to give anything away but I will say it captured all the emotions, thoughts, dreams, that I went through. It is a timeless story about love. Ahhh first loves. Anyone who was a teen or is a teen now needs to read this book. It was close to reading my own story. It really brought back the emotions I felt with my first love. I am still not over it to this day. - James Robinson I recommend Rounding Third! Poignant and sensitive! And for me, a real eye-opener! It is a very compelling story. There were parts that were uncomfortable for me as a heterosexual, but then I imagine that you experience that in the reverse. I also found it heart-wrenching, know that those things do happen to people and it makes me just sick. Thank you for having the strength to tell the story. I look forward to the sequel. - Sharon Wiederrich Miller Odden I so enjoyed Rounding Third. It's had me on the edge of my seat. So unexpected and so enthralling! I couldn't wait to see what happened next. Thank you for writing such an amazing book. I wish I had read this book when I was 17, it would've helped me so much to read about characters who feel the way I do. i love love love this book! I've finished and I LOVED it! I was so happy to see on the last page that there is a sequel. Can't wait to read it. The story of Rob going from shy to confident and becoming comfortable with himself and his parents is so inspiring and I can relate so much. I was very touched to read the epilogue of the book where you state that all the events in the book are based off real things and that you have gone through some of them. - Daniel Joseph Baker, singer, America’s Got Talent