Roy, 12, lives with his father in Moundville. It has been raining for 22 years. Roy's father prepares meals that would gross out most people. One day, Sturgis, not 'Sturge' appears on the couch at home--a foster child. The boys share a room and each learns more about the other as the story progresses. Sturges has scars on his face from a dog fight and only one baseball card. Roy has a whole box full even though baseball is important to both of them. As the boys work for Roy's father, Sturgis has a good work ethic. Roy's work ethic is so-so. When the rain stops and a baseball team is formed to carry on the game started 22 years ago against Sinister Bend, there is one member who answers every question with 'Search Me', so his nickname is Goggle. Also, a new field is needed. The unique cast of characters, none of them perfect, unravel the mystery of the baseball game, but not the rain. How does Moundville become Mudville and back again?
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Date read: 8/17/2009