blue sky and pink clouds behind a farmhouse and a teen shooting a basketball

Fast Facts

Title: Blind Your Ponies
Author: Stanley Gordon West
Publication date: 2001
Genre: Sports, Realistic Fiction, Romance
Recommended for: 16+
Rating: 3.5/5

When Sam Picket comes to the quiet little village to hide from the violence and madness that have shattered his life, he discovers buried and shadowed stories fraught with aching regret, human wreckage, and heartrending bravery–people silently bearing their broken dreams and unbearable sorrows. Can they be aroused by the most unexpected and least likely source in their midst? Encouraged and uplifted to embrace life for all its worth?  Out of these utterly ordinary lives, West brings forth, a startling glimpse into the hidden places of the human heart and characters who will stay with you like old friends long after you’ve turned the last page.

This is a great book.  It’s made for adults, but has teen appeal since it involves a high school basketball team. It shows how even a small bit of hope can lead to the celebration and jubilation that comes with sports, and how it can bring entire towns together.  It also sheds light on many characters in the town and shows how this basketball team has brought them closer to people.  I think that athletes would like reading it, as well as other people who want a feel-good story to lighten their mood.  It is a fairly long book, but every page is important to how the story works.  I truly hope that you read it. Place a hold here.

-Dylan