Wildball

Book Cover

DRAMA YOUNG ADULT SPORTS

Contemporary

Brian Engles

Logline

A college baseball player competes in an elite summer league but risks his future in the game by coming forward about his abusive coach.

Genre

Drama, Young Adult,Sports

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17

Target Gender: Male Leaning

Setting

Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Oregon

Based on a True Story

No

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

Year Published: 2018

Starting Description

Shane Monoghan, a top-ranked collegiate shortstop, arrives in seaside Nailer's Cove to compete in a prestigious summer league when he learns that his former coach Mike Calloway, the man responsible for developing him as a player and bullying him relentlessly, has died in a car wreck.

Ending Description

After leading his Cove League team to victory, Shane tells the truth about his abusive past and Calloway's true nature. He returns to Oregon for another year of college when a forest fire strikes. Shane debates suicide, thinking the flame is his fate for waiting too long to confess.

Group Specific

Cape Cod Baseball League, Baseball

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

978-1684330324

Mature Audience Themes

Sexual Abuse

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Meaningful Message,Toxic Masculinity & Veterans Issues

Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Main Character Details

Name: Shane Monoghan

Age: 19

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Underdog, Complex, Empathetic, Lone Wolf, Naive, Secretive,Secretive,Lone Wolf,Clumsy,Insecure

Additional Character Details

Name: Noah Kinton

Age: 13

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Aspiring, Engaging, Modest, Selfless,Modest,Selfless

Additional Character Details

Name: Mike Calloway

Age: 48

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Manipulative, Narcissistic, Power-hungry, Aggressive, Desperate,Narcisstic,Villainous

Additional Character Details

Name: Lexi Henson

Age: 22

Gender: Female

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Aggressive, Blunt, Confident, Educated, Funny

Logline

A college baseball player competes in an elite summer league but risks his future in the game by coming forward about his abusive coach.

Short Summary

Shane Monoghan, a top-ranked collegiate shortstop, arrives in seaside Nailer's Cove to compete in a prestigious summer league when he learns that his former coach Mike Calloway, the man responsible for developing him as a player and bullying him relentlessly, has died in a car wreck.


After leading his Cove League team to victory, Shane tells the truth about his abusive past and Calloway's true nature. He returns to Oregon for another year of college when a forest fire strikes. Shane debates suicide, thinking the flame is his fate for waiting too long to confess.

Development Pitch

Wildball is a necessary story for the currently underserved YA market. It'd make a good film for the kid who has outgrown the Sandlot, but isn't quite ready for HBO. Shane's journey of coming forward about his past trauma with his former coach tackles themes of abuse and survivor's guilt while also intertwining positive charges in the narrative with moments of mentorship and brotherhood. The story has the Norman Rockwell imagery of a summer baseball league, but if David Lynch lifted the brush now and then, to add in some devilish skies over the seaside town where the action takes place. Its proven its merit by earning coverage in the Boston Globe, air-time on NPR stations, and spots on school summer reading lists. Engles, a BU Film & TV grad, is currently working on the screenplay of his novel.

About The Author

Core Theme

Internal Journey/Rebirth,

Characters

Main Character

Name: Shane Monoghan

Age: 19

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Underdog, Complex, Empathetic, Lone Wolf, Naive, Secretive,Secretive,Lone Wolf,Clumsy,Insecure

Character 1

Name: Noah Kinton

Age: 13

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Aspiring, Engaging, Modest, Selfless,Modest,Selfless

Character 2

Name: Mike Calloway

Age: 48

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Manipulative, Narcissistic, Power-hungry, Aggressive, Desperate,Narcisstic,Villainous

Character 3

Name: Lexi Henson

Age: 22

Gender: Female

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Aggressive, Blunt, Confident, Educated, Funny

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