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Ten years ago, God gave Braden a sign, a promise that his family wouldn't fall apart the way he feared. But Braden got it wrong: his older brother, Trey, has been estranged from the family for almost as long, and his father, the only parent Braden has ever known, has been accused of murder. The arrest of Braden's father, a well-known Christian radio host has sparked national media attention. His lies in his son's hands; Braden is the key witness in his father's upcoming trial. Braden has always measured himself through baseball. He is the star pitcher in his small town of Ornette, and his ninety-four mile per hour pitch already has minor league scouts buzzing in his junior year. Now the rules of the sport that has always been Braden's saving grace are blurred in ways he never realized, and the prospect of playing against Alex Reyes, the nephew of the police officer his father is accused of killing, is haunting his every pitch. Braden faces an impossible choice, one that will define him for the rest of his life, in this brutally honest debut novel about family, faith, and the ultimate test of conviction.
Publisher: Disney Book Group


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Jul 27, 2017

Painful and heartfelt. This book was hard emotionally to get through (not gonna lie) but it shows how much reality can stink, what you'll do for the ppl you love, how messed up ppl can be and how some ppl never change no matter what happens or how hard it hurts.

Fantastic, dynamic characters that could not feel any more human. An intense read that brings up poignant reflections on faith, morality, and human resiliency. The strongest young adult book I have read this year! Also, a fantastic audiobook.

ellie_o May 06, 2016

This book is tough to read - the main character is faced with having to figure out what he stands for when everything he believes is turned on its head. From his religious upbringing (emphasized by his radio evangelist father) to his belief in loyalty above all else, he comes to realize that life isn't as straightforward as he thought. Has some possible triggers, but does a good job tackling tough topics without the judgmental tone that is often in YA.

Oct 06, 2015

Conviction is much more introspective than action-oriented. It focuses on showing how Mart has taken his faith and used it to control Braden, who has been brought up to believe he must obey his father in order to be right with God. Braden is fiercely loyal to his father, unable to see how unfair it is that his father has turned his parental love into a burden of guilt.

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Oct 06, 2015

Other: Suicidal ideation Alcohol abuse

Oct 06, 2015

Violence: Familial violence


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Oct 06, 2015

“He leads me to the stand. I can’t look at my dad. Maybe he’s been wrong about a lot of things, but this is the one he got the most wrong: there are much lonelier places than a pitcher’s mound, and there are much deeper tests of who you are.”


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