Eli Jache March 9, 2017
Gold Dust, a novel by Chris Lynch grabs readers attention by setting the story in 1975 Boston, with baseball and friendship as his focus. His novel is realistic in the sense of being based on someone cricket, a sport he played back in his home country of Dominica. Another boy named Richard becomes moving to a different city and making new friends and learning something that he has never played before. It’s about a boy named Napoleon that moves to Boston, Massachusetts and loves the game his friend and teaches him how to play baseball. At first Napoleon doesn’t really like baseball but after a little bit he’s starting to not mind it. During practices, Napoleon improved his skills and outshined Richard at pitching. As they were training, Napoleon became tired of just playing baseball 24/7 and wanted to stop but Richard pushed him into playing more. Richard stays a true friend until Napoleon makes a decision that may separate the two …
Chris Lynch draws the reader in as he builds their interest in the friendships and the tension rising between the other boys in the school. It is a relatable story especially for teenage boys because of the sports aspect, rivalries between neighborhoods, and the competitive nature of boys to be better than one another. I would recommend this novel to anybody who enjoys stories about sports and especially for those who appreciate baseball history and the Boston Red Sox. The story references the Gold Dust twins, Jim Rice and a few other notable players. It is also a good book if you like stories about friendship since it focuses on this theme throughout the story. The author kept the book moving at a good pace and kept my attention with the baseball and Red Sox history.