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Steven Carman

Writer of sports-themed novels for children and young adults.

New Release!

Southpaw Sully

After an accident took his own hand and his twin brother’s life, fourteen-year-old Sully is determined to learn how to pitch as a right-hand amputee. Sully seeks to realize the big dream he and his bro once shared: to bring home a first-ever championship for their town in an annual baseball tournament.

As Sully leads his team on an exciting Cinderella run in the tourney, a bully from a rival team will stop at nothing to ensure there’s no fairytale ending. When a distressing situation unfolds, Sully must choose between the game he loves and being there for his family.

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“Southpaw Sully touches the heart . . . No matter what abilities you have or what circumstances you might be facing, I hope you will find Sully’s courage to fight through any challenge to be an inspiration in pursuit of your dreams.” – Jim Abbott


Jim Abbott is a legendary former Major League Baseball pitcher who never let his birth defect of having only one hand stop him from pursuing his dreams.

Read Jim’s full foreword for Southpaw Sully inside the book. 

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All proceeds from the sale of Southpaw Sully benefit Sunshine Foundation.

Read the press release HERE.

Sunshine Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that answers the dreams of children who have severe or profound physical/developmental/intellectual challenges or trauma from abuse, and whose families have limited income.

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Steven Carman captured my heart with this story, and I know my dad [famed author Matt Christopher] would have said the same thing. The excitement, mystery, family sensitivity and issues put it over the top. Tremendous!”

Dale Christopher – Dale is the son of America's bestselling sports writer for children Matt Christopher, who had written over 400 books and stories, including THE KID WHO ONLY HIT HOMERS and THE LUCKY BASEBALL BAT. Dale is a teacher and also travels around the country speaking to sports fans about his late father's popular books.

Praise & Reviews

“Steve Carman has written a baseball book that covers all the bases. Like the best of sports fiction, it ain’t just about sports, but rather about the challenges all of us face at one time or another: challenges of loss, of embarrassment, of rage and of love. You’re gonna love Sully . . . and his posse.”

Chris Crutcher – Chris is an author of several critically acclaimed sports-themed novels, including DEADLINE, WHALE TALK, and IRONMAN. He received the Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association in 2000 for his lifetime contribution in writing for teens.

Steven Carman has written a moving novel about a young man dealing with adversity both on and off the field.  Young readers may start because they care about the baseball, but they will finish because they care about the people."

Carl Deuker – Carl is an award-winning young adult sports novelist. He is the author of ON THE DEVIL'S COURT, HEART OF A CHAMPION, PAINTING THE BLACK, HIGH HEAT, RUNNER, GYM CANDY, and many more highly regarded coming-of-age novels.

Mick Cochrane

author of THE GIRL WHO THREW BUTTERFLIES, a Booklist Top 10 Sports Book for Youth.

"Southpaw Sully is irresistible. It’s funny, smart, and ultimately wise—about baseball and about life. It’s a story about loss and grief, but also about grit and resilience, about healing and redemption, about the power of love and friendship and family to sustain us. I loved every minute I spent with Sully and his teammates and cheer Steven Carman for the gift of this big-hearted book."

About Steven Carman

Steven Carman is a writer of middle grade and young adult fiction, with a focus on sports stories that deal with difficult issues some children face, such as abuse and bullying. When Steven's not writing works of fiction for his readers and to benefit great causes, he earns a living as a marketing content team lead for a large financial institution. Steven lives in New York with his wife and their two children.

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