Only a week after releasing her latest book, Shuri: The Vanished, Nic Stone has announced her next upcoming project! The new middle-grade book is titled Fast Pitch and is set to release on August 31, and you can pre-order your copy here.
Fast Pitch will follow Shenice Lockwood, who’s the captain of her softball team, the Fulton Firebirds. Shenice is hyper-focused and ready to clinch the U12 fast-pitch softball regional championships, but life has other plans for her.
“Strike one: As the sole team of all-brown faces on the field, Shenice and the Firebirds have to work twice as hard to prove that Black girls belong at bat.
Strike two: Shenice’s focus gets shaken when her great-uncle Jack reveals that a career-ending—and family-name-ruining—crime may have been a setup. . .
Strike three: Broken focus means mistakes on the field. And Shenice’s teammates are beginning to wonder if she’s captain-qualified.”
It’s a race against time as Shenice works to uncover her family’s history before she and the Firebirds lose the opportunity of a lifetime.
Stone also revealed the cover for the book, which prominently features Shenice in her softball gear. Stone also revealed via Instagram the personal significance the cover holds for her.