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Publisher Description

“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.
“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

Fiction & Literature
April 10
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Dr Thunder57 ,

Calico Joe

Really enjoyed the book. Easy to read. Along the same lines of the novel "Playing for Pizza". If you are a sports fan, you should like the book

Lhku ,

Great book

This will keep your attention from the very first word - even if you aren't a baseball fan.

GoFishALot ,

See the movie...

...when it comes out. It will be better than the book, which, for me, was rather short, weakly written, contrived, very predictable, disappointingly sappy in its attempt not to be, and for the most part boring. Just my opinion. That said, I can see why some people will like it. It's a fast read, and was probably written by JG over a weekend with the idea of ultimately selling tickets at the box office as a movie. Reads like a screenplay. Just not a lot to get excited about as a book, however, and I am a JG fan, as well as a baseball fan. Frankly, I was expecting a lot more from JG with this book, and feel a bit let down. Could have been twice as long and twice as interesting, even given it's simple template, especially for baseball fans. I am looking forward to Spielberg taking this on as a movie, however. Should be easy to turn it into baseball's version of War Horse.

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