Tour the Seattle of 1955 with Huey as he and his neighborhood cheer for their team. If only he can find his missing ticket to the game!
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2017 Washington State Book Award Finalist

Ticket to the Pennant: A Tale of Baseball in Seattle
By Mark Holtzen
Illustrated by John Skewes

Before the Seattle Mariners, there were the Seattle Rainiers…This nostalgic, historically accurate picture book follows Huey through the Seattle of 1955 exploring a diverse and charming neighborhood surrounding the baseball stadium. Featuring the vibrant retro illustrations of Larry Gets Lost creator John Skewes, this is a story of baseball, civic pride, and how baseball unites communities.

Want an article on NW baseball history written especially for kids? Go to the “Articles” section of this website: https://gather-here-history.squarespace.com

2017 Events:

  • March 12 – Judge short story contest Island Books, Mercer Island
  • April 12 – Seattle Children’s Museum – DEAR (Drop Everything & Read) celebration 10:30am
  • May 20 – Present to Washington State Literary Association
  • May 30 – Meadowdale Elementary School Visit, Lynnwood
  • Summer 2017 – Instructor for Moving Words Writing Clinic

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Why do I write?

Why do we do anything when blessed with a choice?  Don’t we all want to create experiences for ourselves that are fun, interesting, or satisfying?  We crave stories, in all forms, for that reason.

I am not sure why I find capturing moments with words so gratifying.  Over the years various people, unprompted, complimented the way I communicated something: a letter, an essay, an e-mail.  Those comments, like little sparks, have grown into a full, glowing campfire.

Once an idea embeds itself into my head I find myself waking early, before work, before the house stirs, to try and expand that idea into an experience.  I’m driven to tinker with it until it’s pleasing.  I want it to sing—at least for me.  Hopefully, once it sings for me it might sing for someone else.

I’m humbled every day with the challenge of writing well.  Communicating an idea clearly is a struggle.  When it works, when it finally comes together, and I give a reader the feeling they’ve experienced another human being’s world in an authentic way I find it immensely satisfying.