Calico Joe: A Novel

Paperback | March 26, 2013

byJohn Grisham

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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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“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

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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 rec...

John Grisham is the author of twenty-five novels, including, most recently, The Racketeer; one work of nonfiction; a collection of stories; and a series for young readers. The recipient of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, he is also the chairman of the board of directors of the Mississippi Innocence Project at the University of ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.98 × 5.26 × 0.64 inPublished:March 26, 2013Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345536649

ISBN - 13:9780345536648

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not bad Pretty good read if you are a baseball fan.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We'll done Very good read ....... Just seemed a little short
Date published: 2014-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it :) Great novel for baseball fans and non-baseball fans alike. A very well written and captivating read. Thank you John Grisham.
Date published: 2013-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Book If you are a baseball fan or just love reading John Grisham books this one is for you. The storyline itself is amazing love how all the characters keep you glued to each page. Certainly this book is a great read for all young and old who love baseball. It talks about how one man's goal to reunite two players that haven't spoken to one another in years. Two thumbs up would recommend this book for all to read.
Date published: 2013-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Calico Joe A good read but not as fast as Grisham usually is
Date published: 2013-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Calico Joe A simple read that keeps your attention. Grisham captures both the essence of baseball and the concept of decency.
Date published: 2013-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Calico Joe Great read of a story by John Grisham. Fictional story of hopes, dreams, regrets, compassion and forgiveness centred around the 1973 major league baseball season as seen through the eyes of an 11 year old whose own struggles with his home life and what transpires on the field shape the man he becomes.
Date published: 2013-03-07

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Praise for Calico Joe
 
“Grisham knocks it out of the park.”—The Washington Post
 
“An enjoyable, heartwarming read that’s not just for baseball fans.”—USA Today
 
Praise for John Grisham
 
“Never let it be said this man doesn’t know how to spin a good yarn.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
“Grisham may well be the best American storyteller writing today.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer