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Inning #2: Rounding the bases, running like the wind.

Or in the case of this Second Inning of my Baseball From A to Z contest, riding like the wind, as in Off Like the Wind, The First Ride of the Pony Express, my next picture book about the beginnings of transcontinental mail delivery — it’s brand new on this site and due in stores in February (I’m just sayin’). Baseball’s lore is rich and fun, and I have loved researching it since I was a kid. But it wasn’t only baseball that captured my fascination — from an early age the idea of riding as hard and as fast across dangerous territory made The Pony Express magical to me.

Tell me below in a comment if you have ever read up on The Pony Express before and if so, what tidbit made you say, “Cool!” If this is your first exposure to it, try my book page on this site for a little intro. I will give away a signed copy of The Youngest Templar, Keeper of the Grail to a randomly selected commenter. Or share this post on Facebook or Myspace and you can be doubly entered (make sure to pop back and tell me you posted to Fbk or MSp).

And oh, yeah, Happy Holidays!

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