John R. Tunis Arthur Hepner - Essay

Arthur Hepner

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[Tunis is waging a successful campaign] to pose fundamental issues in young readers' minds. Twice before—in "Duke Decides" and "All American"—he told sports stories that put down the hard, tough facts of getting along in a democracy. Now he does it again, dramatically and trenchantly.

"Keystone Kids" is a baseball story, the tale of two inseparable orphaned brothers who are a sensation on the field because of their mastery of the game. The story is harsh and disillusioning, for it strips the glamor from big-league baseball. It shows how utterly ruthless, selfish and heartless professional athletes can be, how they have no interest in the game qua game and how they resent anyone who does....

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