Calico Joe by John Grisham
A Novel

62%

12 Critic Reviews

Singer’s rendering of the labored speech of an aging Joe in the later portion of the book may seem heavy-handed in some respects...
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

“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
 

About John Grisham

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Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, and The Broker) and all of them have become international bestsellers. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marks his first foray into non-fiction. Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.
 
Published April 10, 2012 by Dell. 225 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Calico Joe
All: 12 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Below average
on Mar 15 2012

...the story drifts toward a somewhat unsatisfying, perhaps too easy, conclusion.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Jun 25 2012

Singer’s rendering of the labored speech of an aging Joe in the later portion of the book may seem heavy-handed in some respects...

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Examiner

Above average
on Apr 06 2012

Grisham’s novel is about the love of the game, but it is also about the nature of the father-son relationship and redemption.

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Booklist Online

Below average
on Mar 15 2012

...a solid baseball story but one that never delivers the emotional payoff readers will expect.

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Express

Good
on Apr 15 2012

...a superbly written book which, though fewer than 200 pages long, deserves a place on any family bookshelf.

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Book Buzz

Above average
on Jul 28 2012

I definitely recommend this for a quick, summer read.

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DNA

Below average
on May 13 2012

Grisham’s writing doesn’t hold that same appeal anymore. Maybe I was expecting more than just a story on relationships or a family drama. Or maybe, like Paul in the book, I too have moved on.

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Crosswalk.com

Above average
on May 07 2012

In the end Grisham's Calico Joe is a morality tale, one that could lead to great discussions, especially between sports loving fathers and their sons, or with anyone who desires to reconcile with broken relationships in their lives.

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Baby Got Books

Good
on Jun 14 2012

This is a good baseball story. Pick it up for dad if he likes good baseball stories and he doesn’t hold a grudge against Grisham.

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The Times of India

Good
on Mar 20 2013

John Grisham manages to hit a home run every time, even by moving away from his favourite legal writing and venturing into something as diverse as sports.

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The Beaufort Gazette

Above average
on Nov 17 2012

...it's only fair to admit that he hasn't exactly hit this one out of the park.

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At Home Plate

Above average
on Jun 17 2012

It's an easy read and a great story. I think that you will enjoy it whether or not you love baseball...

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