Blitzball: The Perfect YA Book for Youth Upset with Trump's America

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A teenager cloned to be Hitler rebels against his genes, family and upbringing at a school where the soccer field is the battlefield and the battle is fought between Neo-Nazi's and Mexicans.

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Blitzball - YA Book by Barton Ludwig

"This story is necessary. This story is important." —Shira Potter, author of "The Monster at Recess"

Heartlab Press is pleased to announce the upcoming young adult release of “Blitzball” by Barton Ludwig.

A predominantly white Reichfield High has lost every game in the last few years to the North Prep, a school with mostly Mexican students. For the first game of the season, however, Addie and his teammates are confident that they will win—because they’ve personally made sure the lead player of the opposite team will be unable to play.

Addie and his supremacist and misogynistic friends are ill-prepared for what comes next, though. They are defeated by Shaylee, the best soccer player North Prep has ever seen—who also happens to be a girl. Awarded an exception, Shaylee is allowed to compete in a team of all boys.

Unable to accept defeat, Addie is convinced that Shaylee must be using illegal methods to beat the Reichfield team. He sets out to expose her, but discovers instead that he has secrets of his own…

Learning the dark history of his own origin and of the powers that be, Addie and his unlikely new friends must work together to challenge the corrupt, racist and fascist ruling class who could destroy society as they know it.

Ludwig was motivated to write a coming-of-age allegory for war, which emphasizes that upbringing, genes, and even past beliefs do not forever define us, and that each living being can choose a different path.

“Blitzball” is a book charged with symbolism and intrigue for young adults making sense of the politically tumultuous landscape today.

The official release date of “Blitzball” is November 12, 2018. It will be available at major retailers in print and digital formats. It is currently available on Amazon for pre-order.

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