MY LATEST BOOK:
The Story Behind the Book
Perfect Game is a very important book for me. Ten years ago I decided to write about a kid who is determined to be the perfect pitcher. He is so determined that he can't accept anything less than perfection. Then he is invited to play on a weekend basketball team that is a mix of Special Olympics players and others kids like him. That experience would change his whole attitude about being perfect. But ten years ago, I just couldn't get the story right. Last year, however, I decided to give it another try. I started out by doing a lot more research. On weekends, I watched Special Olympics Unified Sports teams practice and compete at the gyms at Blessed Sacrament School in Washington, DC, and Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland. I got to know some of the organizers and players and families. That experience became part of Perfect Game and enriched my life. And this is a very different book than my first draft so many years ago. And one that I like a whole lot more.
I'm Fred Bowen. I have a sports-fiction series (Peachtree Publishers) for boys and girls (ages 8-12). I also have a picture-book biography of Red Sox legend Ted Williams titled No Easy Way (Dutton Children's Books). In addition to my books, I write the Thursday sports column for kids in The Washington Post.
I've been a big sports fan since I was a kid. My best childhood memories are from playing Little League in the park and basketball on the playground. I can still remember homeruns, bad calls, and great comebacks from those games. My favorite reading back then was sports fiction and the sports section in the newspaper. Many of today's kids are as sports-crazy as I was. And I am thinking about them as I write my books and my columns.
One of the cool things about writing books is getting to talk about them. I have been a guest author at lots of schools and conferences, and I have met a lot of interesting kids, parents, and educators.
I invite you to click around my website. If you have questions or comments, be in touch.
What people are saying about my books:
"The books in the "Fred Bowen Sports Story" series are fast-paced, and at just over 100 pages, they're perfect for reluctant readers.... Young readers will devour these stories, along with their painless lessons, and still have time to join their friends for games."
Marilyn Taniguchi, Curriculum Connections—School Library Journal
"Bowen's stories move along briskly with rapid-fire action sequences and end with surprising twists."
H. H. Henderson, School Library Journal
On Hardcourt Comeback: "This entry in the Fred Bowen Sports Story series is flush with life lessons about perseverance, dedication, and picking oneself up after a hard knock, not to mention loads of on-court action. It reads like a successful drive to the hoop—quick, purposeful, and effective."
Ian Chipman, Booklist
"Bowen shares a wonderful trait with that other great sports writer for kids Mike Lupica; they are both sports journalists. Bowen writes a sports column for kids in The Washington Post, and the spare, action-orientated writing of the sports journalist draws boys. It also helps that he knows his stuff. Bowen writes sports stories, not novels with a little sports."
Michael Sullivan, Expert on Boys and Reading, www.talestoldtall.com
"Fred Bowen never disappoints. His many action-packed novels speak to the hearts and minds of young sports lovers, and he demonstrates know-how and grace in writing about baseball, basketball, soccer and football."
—Mary Quattlebaum, Washington Parent