Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Basement Baseball Club

I woke up this morning thinking of perhaps my favorite book growing up, Jeffrey Kelly's The Basement Baseball Club. It's a children's novel--meant, most likely, for boys grades 5-7--about a tight-knit group of boys (and one girl, too) who play baseball on sandlots against boys from other streets in the neighborhood. It has everything I wanted as a boy: humor, BELIEVABLE SPORTS ACTION (which is so hard to find in fiction), and flawed but decent characters to root for. It was the first book my brother ever bought with his own money, and we each have read it maybe a dozen times.

In the past several months, as I sent Dizzy Fantastic around to potential reviewers, Jeffrey Kelly came to mind. How cool would it be, I thought, if the author of my favorite book reviewed my debut novel? While it's become increasingly easy to locate anyone online--to find some way of communicating with them--I couldn't find Mr. Kelly. He didn't write many books (my Amazon and Barnes and Noble searches told me), he has a common name, and his publisher wouldn't release his information.

Even The Basement Baseball Club, which I continue to believe is a tremendous book for boys who love sports, can't be found on bookstore shelves these days.

I guess this post has two purposes:
1. to find Jeffrey Kelly and
2. to promote his book to a new reading audience.

Anybody know anything about Jeffrey Kelly's whereabouts? It's too late for him to review Dizzy, of course; I just want to tell him thanks for writing a book I loved so.

Are you a reader who loves sports and humor? If you are, or you know someone who might be, buy a new or used copy of The Basement Baseball Club (originally published in 1987) at Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.com. Let's get this book into young readers' hands again!

More anon,

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Available in a Bookstore Near You!

I walked into the Highland Barnes & Noble today with an Advanced Reading Copy of Dizzy. I talked with the manager about making sure it's on the shelf when released in August. She looked it up on line, saw that it's available for preorder, and said that means the folks in New York are planning on selling it in stores nationwide.

Wow. As I wrote in my previous post, surreal is the word.

In other news, my wife's just the best. Nothing in particular reminded me of this; occasionally, though, I'm smart enough to realize it. Here's to you, Freckles.


Sunday, June 13, 2010

DF Available for Pre-Order!

Friends, Family, and Dizzy Fantastic Readers (including those who are all three):

I noticed today, as I explored this magical space called the Interweb, that Dizzy Fantastic and Her Flying Bicycle is available for pre-order. You can find it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Borders. You'll find links on the right side of the screen.

Amazon and Borders say the release date is August 8th; Barnes and Noble says it's August 28th. We can all agree, at least, that August is the month.

If you type "Andy Hueller Dizzy Fantastic and Her Flying Bicycle" into a Google search, you'll see the book available in a bunch of other countries and currencies, too.

Even if you're planning to buy the book in a real bookstore or aren't planning to buy it at all, you may want to take a look. I think it's pretty darn cool, anyway. Honestly, now that I've finished my final proof, it all feels kinda surreal.