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A teacher read this story to us in elementary school, and I can't remember the book.

It kind of follows the A Wrinkle in Time ball scene, where there's a neighborhood with identical houses and identical children all playing in their front yards. The only difference is that one of the children stumbles, and his mother rushes out to bring him inside. That's all I can remember.

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    Welcome to the site. In roughly what year was this story read to you? – LogicDictates Feb 21 at 20:02
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    A child does stumble in Wrinkle. Later he's seen being tortured for his failure. – Mary Feb 22 at 1:04
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    As Mary says, this happened in Wrinkle. Perhaps the book was a compilation of extracts from other books? – NiceOrc Feb 22 at 2:25
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    In the scene in "A Wrinkle in Time", the children are bouncing balls or jumping rope in rhythm. The mothers I think clap to call the children in. They all go in....except that after they go in, Calvin, Meg, and Charles Wallace see a boy who is still outside, bouncing his ball with no rhythm, and sometimes dropping it and running after it, sometimes throwing it up in the air and catching it. Then his mother grabs the boy and runs inside with him, and the ball rolls away. He doesn't actually stumble. So, is this the scene you are remembering? – Basya Feb 22 at 10:51
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    @Basya yes, that's exactly it. – Newlife1025 Feb 23 at 14:22

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