Calico Joe: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Apr 10, 2012 - Fiction - 272 pages
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“Grisham knocks it out of the park.”—The Washington Post
 
It’s the summer of 1973, and Joe Castle is the boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone has ever seen. The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas, dazzles Chicago Cubs fans as he hits home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shatters all rookie records. Calico Joe quickly becomes the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul Tracey, the young son of a hard-partying and hard-throwing New York Mets pitcher. On the day that Warren Tracey finally faces Calico Joe, Paul is in the stands, rooting for his idol but also for his dad. Then Warren throws a fastball that will change their lives forever.
 
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“An enjoyable, heartwarming read that’s not just for baseball fans.”—USA Today
 
“Grisham has hit a home run. . . . Calico Joe is a great read, a lyrical ode to baseball, small-town America, youthful innocence and a young boy’s search for heroes.”—The Buffalo News
 
“[A] pleasure . . . Suffice to say [Grisham] knows his way around the ballpark as well as he does a courtroom.”—The Washington Times

Includes an excerpt of John Grisham’s The Racketeer
 

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User Review  - Stahl-Ricco - LibraryThing

I'm really glad I read this! A nice story about the meteoric rise and fall of a baseball player in 1973. Though Joe is fictional, a great deal of his world, especially the players, are real and this ... Read full review

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Very interesting. I'm a Cub fan and remember well the 1973 season. Plus, I was about the same age as the point-of-view character, so it was interesting the way Grisham worked his story into that season. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
6
Section 3
20
Section 4
25
Section 5
41
Section 6
51
Section 7
60
Section 8
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Section 14
135
Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 25
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About the author (2012)

JOHN GRISHAM is the author of twenty-four novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and two novels for young readers. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

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