Baseball novelist John H. Ritter grew up playing "one-on-one" hardball with his brothers in the rural hills of eastern San Diego County along the Mexican border. Out on the field, he would invent stories about the game-stories that, years later, would end up becoming award-winning novels for young adults. John's debut, Choosing Up Sides, was the 1999 IRA Children's Book Award winner for Older Readers and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. His next novel, Over the Wall, was named to the Texas Lone Star List and was selected by the New York Public Library as one of their "Books for the Teen Age." A former shortstop for the University of California, San Diego, John is now a full-time writer who still enjoys playing the game in an amateur league. He lives in San Diego with his wife, Cheryl. To learn more about John H. Ritter visit his Web site at www.JohnHRitter.com, or visit Cruz at his: www.cruz-on.com.Ritter, John H. is the author of 'Boy Who Saved Baseball', published 2005 under ISBN 9780142402863 and ISBN 0142402869.