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From Publishers Weekly 

"Friday Night Lights meets baseball in this edgy coming-of-age story about overcoming adversity and personal tragedy. Andy and Daniel Lembo are in high school and baseball is their life. Ever since they were kids, they dreamed of winning the baseball championship together with Daniel pitching and Andy catching. Being Andy's senior year, this is their last chance, but the road to the championship is a little rocky. Daniel is the golden boy, popular at school and talented enough to be recruited by colleges. Andy struggles with his abusive mother, a father who alternates between ignoring and denigrating him, and difficulties at school. Andy works hard on the baseball team, putting up with abuse from rivals, while improving his game. Andy and Daniel are close and their relationship is heart-warming, but it's also clear they are just a pair of goofy high school boys. In a freak accident, Andy loses his biggest supporter and his reason to play ball, and his world collapses. Despite the odds, Andy claws back, finds focus and direction, and decides to take control of his life. The characters are the best thing about this book, which is geared toward baseball fans."

From Matt Nadel, Pro Blogger on

". . . The dialogue was intense, the plot was great, and the story flowed very smoothly . . . It almost seems like Battery Brothers is happening in reality rather than in the fictitious world that can only exist in books . . . Overall, Carman's first novel, Battery Brothers, is amazing . . ."  

From the Author

I am happy to announce that the publisher and I have agreed to donate 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the print and electronic versions of Battery Brothers to the Sunshine Foundation, which is the country's oldest wish-granting organization, helping children facing a wide variety of health and other challenges.

Product Details

  • File Size: 531 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 194018004X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Elephant's Bookshelf Press (March 27, 2014)
  • Publication Date: March 27, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,357 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Steven Carman is a writer of middle grade and young adult fiction, with a focus on sports stories that deal with difficult issues some children face, such as abuse and bullying. A former counselor at a group home for mentally ill adults, Steven now works as a marketing manager for one of the world's largest membership organizations. He has been a baseball enthusiast since his T-ball playing days, and while his dream of playing in the Majors is long gone, he's now chasing a dream to entertain sports fans through his writing.

Steven lives in New York with his wife, two kids, and two cats. Battery Brothers is his first novel.

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Debut author, Steve Carmen, knocks one out of the park with Battery Brothers. A baseball fan only as my little boys began to play, I didn't grow up loving the game like one might think is a prerequisite for enjoying a ball-themed novel. Carmen brings his characters to life--showing us their flaws and sterling attributes. His novel is emotionally raw and shows us a side of life many readers would rather choose to ignore, even while more than enough can commiserate with.

Hampered by the physical and emotional scars of childhood, Andy is a character readers can connect with. While we may not have shared experiences with him, we can certainly understand the uncertainty, fear, anger, frustration and anxiety that Andy feels, binding us together in his journey through an absent mother, a distant father and a shining younger brother.

Andy's strength in moving forward despite the trauma of events provides readers hope for their own lives, regardless of what their stumbling blocks may be. With America's game as the backdrop, Batter Brothers is a fast, easy and heartfelt read that is definitely worth anybody's time.

Yet maybe even more significantly, it is a novel that boys should read as they face their own impending adulthood and the decisions they must face in their futures. Battery Brothers is a great opportunity to recognize characteristics that will serve us all as we go about our lives.

Lest this sounds moralistic, let me conclude by saying there is nothing preachy about the way Andy's story is told. For three hours, I felt as if I was eavesdropping on Andy's life. I was completely lost in his world of broken family dynamics and edge-of-your-seat action.

My only caution is that readers completely unfamiliar with baseball terminology may need a little patience while they get in the groove of understanding the vernacular used on the field and in the book. A minor thing that google can help with if necessary.
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I had a hard time putting this book down, once I started reading it on a long trip, I just kept going and spent the whole day reading, because I wanted to know what happened next. There were twists and turns in the plot that kept me on the edge of my seat not knowing exactly where the story would go. That was true both of the games they were playing and in the personal stories of the brothers and other players. The dialogue between the characters is what had me most entrenched in the book. I quickly got to know, like and hate some of the characters immediately.

The in-game situations were realistic and the banter between players and coaches was fun to read. If you ever played baseball, you can easily put yourself in the Lembo Brothers position on the field and imagine what you would be thinking and want to do. I was rooting for the Lembo Brothers the whole time and you will too once you atrt reading.

If you like a good baseball story...Battery Brothers has it. If you like a good story of 2 brothers going through school together..Battery Brothers has it.
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I rarely cry when I read a book...This book was an exception. The struggles of this young man was hard to read. The relationship these two brothers had was beautiful. Grab a box of tissues before you start reading. This book will make you stop and think about how abuse to a small child may affect the rest of their life.
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I was interested in reading this book because I teach middle school English. Fiction and Nonfiction books about sports are very popular with my male students. I'm always looking for new sports related books to recommend.

The story is about two teenage boys (Daniel and Andy) who live in a very dysfunctional family. They have a poor relationship with their father and their mother is absent. To make matters worse, our narrator (Andy) has a facial deformity. This causes Andy a great deal of anxiety which spreads to multiple areas of his life. The one thing that the brothers live for is baseball. Daniel is a prodigy and on his way to the big leagues, even though he's not even sixteen yet. Andy does pretty well for himself as a catcher. Their dream goal is win a baseball championship and to also have a no-hitter game.

The story is a roller coaster taking you from joyful to agonizing moments without any warning. Throughout the hard times the brothers stick together. They have a great bond in which they are always looking out for each other. Daniel often seems like the "older" brother, building Andy up and convincing others to give him a shot.

All in all, I would recommend this book to my students. I would caution them that there is some "strong" language and crude humor. I have to preface any book that is not strictly "G" material. I believe that my students would enjoy the baseball scenes and possibly even relate some of them to their own lives. They can also benefit from the positive message that the brother's relationship brings to the story. There is also a fabulous underlying theme of looking beyond appearances. This book will definitely go on my bookshelf.
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What a great story! Baseball, brother loving brother, and romance were the high points of this tale. There WERE low spots that made this a book that touched my heart and didn't just entertain me - child abuse, bullying, death.

Very natural dialogue, wonderful character development - this is a story that drew me in from the very first page and didn't let go all the way through. Even now, after I've finished reading this coming-of-age winner, I am still thinking about the family dynamics and the team spirit.

I'm not sure whether this book is intended for the YA crowd. I do know, that as an adult, I think it's appropriate for teens and adults. There is some rough language in the book but not too bad.

Not only is this a touching read but the author and publisher decided that all proceeds from the sale of the book would go to benefit the kids of the Sunshine Foundation. Stellar!

NOTE: I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
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