A troubled kid learns valuable lessons about love, honor and friendship during the home-run race of 1961. . . The closing sequence tear-jerkingly fulfills the wishes of every kid who has ever had a hero, played a sport, had a crush or fought with a parent. Like the best of the genre, there's a baseball-as-metaphor-for-life theme here to which few readers will be immune." Kirkus Reviews
THE M&M BOYS
COMING-OF-AGE MEETS BASEBALL HEROES
Achieved #1 on Amazon in Coming-of-Age and Sports Fiction
Who wouldn't want to be in that kid's cleats when two of sports' greatest legends move in next door? What all three M&M Boys had in common is a good lesson in how to play the game of life, on and off the field. When giving up isn't an option, all three M&M Boys learn what it takes to become a winner. Part Holden Caulfield, part Ishmael, Little Leaguer, Marshall Elliot’s voice will long be remembered.
In the summer of 1961 a Little League player’s joy of making the All-Star team evaporates when his father, too busy with a girlfriend, misses his triumphant opening game and his mother spirals into a bed-ridden depression. Then, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle move next door as they battle to break Babe Ruth's home run record. The three find solace in each other's triumphs, frustrations, celebrations and disappointments.
Based on historical facts,The M&M Boys explores the parallel lives of an embittered Maris and a self-destructive Mantle who live together incognito in a remote Queens apartment. Maris, a misplaced Midwesterner, gets booed by the Yankee fans who prefer Mantle, and the press pursue him mercilessly. Mantle, on the other hand, basks in New York fans approval, but a series of injuries destroy his hope of winning the competition. Marshall's friendship unearths childhood memories for both men.