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Thatcher Heldring

Thatcher is the author of Toby Wheeler: Eighth Grade Benchwarmer (Delacorte/Random House, Summer 2007)


Thatcher Heldring grew up in the Pacific Northwest, where he taught himself to write and play basketball—not at the same time, though. After college, he moved to New York City, where he played softball during the summers and indoor soccer year-round. In his spare time, he held down several jobs in book publishing. In his lifetime, he has also worked as a grocery bagger, a ditch digger, a shortstop, a small forward, a goalie, a scorekeeper, a coach, a rabid fan, and a benchwarmer. He and his wife, Staci, currently live in Seattle, a good place for indoor sports.

His debut as a fiction writer came in February 2006, when his short story A Genius for Sauntering appeared in the young-adult anthology Not Like I’m Jealous or Anything. His first novel, Toby Wheeler: Eighth Grade Benchwarmer (Delacorte) will be published in August 2007.

Book: Toby Wheeler: Eighth Grade Benchwarmer
toby_wheeler.jpgToby Wheeler had a few things in mind when he joined the basketball team at Pilchuck Middle School. Being a benchwarmer was not one of them. How is he supposed to help his team win a league championship sitting on the end of the bench? Even worse, a promise made to an archrival in the heat of the moment means the stakes are even higher. Meanwhile, his best friend doesn’t seem to care about anything but his band, and his Coach already has it out for him—could it have something to do with the new girl in town? For Toby, finding a way to show the world what he can do will require practice, determination, and belief in one important truth: it takes an entire team—even the benchwarmer—to win one game.

Coming Soon.

Toby Wheeler: Eighth Grade Benchwarmer