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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

BEAST by Dave Donch

Llumina Press
7915 W. McNab Rd.
Tamarac, FL 33321
Genre: Fictionalized Memoir
Rating: Very Good
ISBN: 159526616X, $9.95, 112 pp.

Beast is a story based on the real life experiences of a young, autistic boy named Nathaniel. With perseverance and single-mindedness, this nine-year-old boy was able to succeed at what he loved to do . . . play baseball.

The author, Dave Donch, is Nathaniel’s father, but the story is written as seen through the eyes of Nathaniel’s first baseball coach. It is a heart-warming and inspirational story I’m sure you’ll enjoy. The story is well-written and edited and should appeal to many readers.

As I typically like to quote something from the subject book, I have chosen the following:

"Nathaniel’s parents had no idea what the answers to their many questions were. There was no way of knowing what the future would hold. Many of their questions would be answered in the years that followed. The only thing they knew was that they cared deeply for their boy, and they were going to do everything they possibly could to give him the best chance at happiness and a good life.

"The following story is mostly written in first-person point of view, as if told by Nathaniel’s Little League baseball coach; it is based on the memoirs of Nathaniel’s parents and older brother, bearing witness to Nathaniel’s success at playing baseball. It is the author’s wish that this story will instill hope in others who share the same affliction or who are the parents of such a child, helping them to understand that kids like Nathaniel are capable of achieving great things and finding considerable happiness."

Dave Donch currently resides with his wife and four children in Auburn, NY. He loves to work as a volunteer youth baseball coach in his spare time, helping children build good character.

Reviewed by Kaye Trout - December 31, 2006


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