My Brother, My Inspiration

Scott Morro ’95, a middle school teacher in Bangor, Pa., recently released his second young-adult book. The Cross Over is the follow-up to 2005’s Last Ups, which Morro wrote after a ball hit through his garage window by his 7-year-old son Connor prompted a walk down memory lane. The broken window conjured up a similar event Morro’s brother, Brion, experienced about 20 years ago.

“It brought back a lot of memories just then,” Scott said.

After his son broke the window, instead of punishing him, Scott sat at his laptop and began to recount how he and Brion used to play ball in their hometown of Nazareth. Brion Morro ’97, a Moravian College admissions counselor, suffered from epilepsy as a child and the procedures and treatments he went through formed a bond between the two brothers.

“It was very difficult to see him go through so many different procedures,” Scott said. “It brought us closer together as brothers.”

Last Ups follows the path of that kinship and how it was formed through baseball, summer days and some pretty scary medical treatments. The title refers to how the brothers would call for the last at-bat while playing baseball in the back yard.

While Scott Morro doesn’t give specific medical details in the book, which is aimed at children in the fourth to sixth grades, he does write about the complications.

“I remember how Brion wasn’t able to be around intense flashing lights and how he couldn’t play video games,” Scott Morro said. “And I remember the effects some of the medications and tests had on him.” Scott Morro said the condition eventually brought the two brothers together. They both learned how to deal with adversity and being different.

Brion Morro has been seizure-free for more than 17 years.

After finishing his manuscript, Scott shopped it around to publishers and was able to get in touch with Baltimore-based Publish America.

And while he gears up for book readings and signings throughout the Lehigh Valley area, Scott will be the first to say that he never expected to be an author.

“I think it’s really amazing being able to start writing due to a memory and get this far,” he said. “I never expected this, but knew that I enjoyed reading to children at work and love reading to my own children as well.

The Cross Over deals with my children and my brother’s children and their perceived trip through time while they hide from a thunderstorm under the Indian Tower in Nazareth,” Scott continued. The book delves into the history of the Nazareth area, much of which Scott spent months researching before he began to write.

Scott will continue to tour local libraries and will even visit Bloomsburg University in coming months as part of a regional reading conference.

“It’s all going very well,” he said. “I’m excited not only to be able to write these books, but also to be able to share them with my family and friends.” —George R. E. Wacker ’03

Caption: Brian and Scott Morro, baseball players and fans enjoy Scott's first book, Last Ups.

Photos:John Kish IV