Heart of the Hide

by Lou Petrucci



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/22/2008

Recognition Programs

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 320
ISBN : 9781440101021
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 320
ISBN : 9780595603091
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 320
ISBN : 9781605280080

About the Book

Somewhere Nicky realized from the truth that telling lies was much more fun. They never ended. Nicky made them up and changed the rules as he went along. It was so much easier than dealing with the truth.

On the outside, twelve-year-old Nicky Palmieri is just a little different from the average kid who loves baseball. Several surgeries on his cleft palate have left noticeable bumps and scars on his lip. He desperately wants to look like the other kids, but the doctors' empty words and promises set bad examples about lying.

On the inside, Nicky dreams of reaching the major leagues. His baseball glove, an expensive professional model, is an extension of his left hand. Nicky knows where his glove is at all times. Then one day he secretly places his prized possession in an unusual place. When his family and closest friends ask him about the glove's whereabouts, Nicky follows with a long string of lies. Most are harmless fibs-but one falsehood leads to a catastrophe that changes Nicky's life.

Join Nicky and the Kelsey Avenue Crew for a series of wild events that teach him about the power of the truth.


"Elementary-school teacher and former sports reporter Petrucci weaves a poignant tale of a young boy with a cleft palate, who finds respite from the harsh realities of small-town life by playing baseball.

A lengthy yet endearing treat for young sports fans."

- Kirkus Review

About the Author

Lou Petrucci, a former sports reporter at several major metropolitan newspapers, earned his bachelor?s degree from Boston University and his master?s degree from Hofstra University. Lou has taught sixth grade on Long Island for more than ten years, and his classrooms feature three hours of literacy each day. He is also the head baseball coach at Ward Melville High School, the manager of the Paveco Storm Black, and has umpired Division I college baseball for more than twenty years. Visit him online at www.loupetrucci.com.