Book Giveaway: Ball Hogs by Rich Wallace

Welcome to Author Rich Wallace


Since penning Wrestling Sturbridge, a YALSA’s 100 Best of the Best for the 20th century, award-winning author Rich Wallace has gone on to write more than 25 novels. Heralded as an important voice in literature for boys, Wallace’s range spans from chapter books to novels for teenagers. His series, The WInning Season, has sold half a million copies and his works have been Junior Library Guild selections, chosen ALA Best Books for Young Adults and graced both Booklist’s Top 10 and the New York Public Library’s Best Books for the Teen Age.

Wallace’s newest books are for younger readers and focus on what it’s like to play soccer for the first time. His four-book series, Kickers, features fast-paced and often humorous co-ed soccer action as Ben and his team the Bocats, experience league play. Wallace lives in New Hampshire, with his wife, author Sandra Neil Wallace.


What is one book everyone should read?
“One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. It’s a great reminder that you can persevere through anything.

What was your favorite book when you were a child?
“Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel” by Virginia Lee Burton. For basically the same reasons as “One Day in the Life . . .” The Mike Mulligan story has everything – compelling characters, valor in the face of adversity, a race against the clock, and a satisfying ending.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
We eat oatmeal with blueberries every morning. In the summer we pick as many blueberries as we can, and they freeze very well so we can eat them all winter.

One food you would never eat?
Cheese. I’m not allergic or anything, just can’t stand the taste or the smell.

If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?

Favorite Cartoon?
Bugs Bunny. So intelligent and cool.

Where is your favorite place to read/write?
I do most of my writing in my home office, which is cozy and right across from my wife’s office. I love to read in a comfortable armchair with just a floor lamp for light.

Night owl, or early bird?
I wrote my first several books very late at night when my kids were asleep. Now that they’re grown, I find I can write nearly any time. But I still enjoy writing very late at night on occasion. There are no distractions then.

What is your favorite sport to watch on TV?
Track and field. I competed in track all through college, and still race often even though I’m over 50. Track isn’t on TV very often, so I watch a fair amount of college basketball. I actually like watching golf, too, when it’s an important tournament like the U.S. Open.

Ball Hogs (Kickers #1) by Rich Wallace
Nine-year-old Ben is brand-new to soccer, but he’s a good athlete and knows he’ll do well on the Bobcats, his team in the local Kickers soccer league. If he can only work around his obnoxious teammate Mark, the ball hog. Ben is sure he’ll score the first goal. But then Coach Patty, and Ben’s own teammates, show him a little something about teamwork. And suddenly it dawns on him: he’s a ball hog, too. Can he change his ways before the Bobcats lose their shot at the Kickers play-offs?

Kickers is a 4-book series for sports-minded elementary school kids. It’s humorous and there is a lot of exciting sports action, plus off-the-field conflicts.

Giveaway Details:
2 Winners will each receive a copy of Ball Hogs
Open to US & Canada
Ends 4/1/11