P.J. Kavanaugh’s father has died in a terrible explosion and his Ma is moving the family from Boston to her home in Prince Edward Island. The winter is harsh, the farm chores are endless, and his drunken-bully teacher is constantly punishing him. P.J. finds consolation in his new friend Pat Giddings Jr.. When Mr. Dunphy pushes him too far, P.J. gets himself and Pat Giddings Jr. into a heap of trouble.
A letter arrives from Aunt Mayme announcing a charity ballgame happening in the old neighbourhood, and that Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig are playing. She has sent tickets for P.J. and his brother, Larry, and a money order for the train fare home. Ma won’t let P.J. go as doing so would reward his bad behaviour and P.J. is devastated. But he soon finds an ally in Uncle Jim. “I wouldn’t give up yet; there’s still time.”
** Chosen for the 2015 Best Book for Kids and Teens by the Canadian Children's Book Centre!