Books The Secret History of Balls The Stories Behind the Things We Love to Catch, Whack, Throw, Kick, Bounce, and Bat by Josh Chetwynd and Emily Stackhouse Paperback, 221 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $13.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Secret History of BallsSubtitleThe Stories Behind the Things We Love to Catch, Whack, Throw, Kick, Bounce, and BatAuthorJosh Chetwynd and Emily Stackhouse Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers Book Summary This quirky sports trivia and history guide provides insight into 60 balls of all shapes, sizes and materials used on playing fields, in stadiums and arenas around the world, from basketballs to wiffle balls and the lesser-known sliotar. Genres: Sports Nonfiction Also by Josh Chetwynd How The Hot Dog Found Its Bun Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about The Secret History of Balls Best Books Of 2011 Top 5 Books For Backseat Readers (Age 9 And Up) December 8, 2011 Since starting NPR's Backseat Book Club, Michele Norris has been swimming in "kid lit." The five stories on her year-end list will seep into your heart and leave you thinking about the characters long after you've turned the final pages.