The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

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From international bestseller Stephen King, a classic story that engages our emotions on the most primal level, a fairy tale grimmer than Grimm but aglow with a girl’s indomitable spirit.

What if the woods were full of them? And of course they were, the woods were full of everything you didn’t like, everything you were afraid of and instinctively loathed, everything that tried to overwhelm you with nasty, no-brain panic.

The brochure promised a “moderate-to-difficult” six-mile hike on the Maine-New Hampshire branch of the Appalachian Trail, where nine-year-old Trisha McFarland was to spend Saturday with her older brother Pete and her recently divorced mother. When she wanders off to escape their constant bickering, then tries to catch up by attempting a shortcut through the woods, Trisha strays deeper into a wilderness full of peril and terror. Especially when night falls.

Trisha has only her wits for navigation, only her ingenuity as a defense against the elements, only her courage and faith to withstand her mounting fear. For solace she tunes her Walkman to broadcasts of Boston Red Sox games and the gritty performances of her hero, number thirty-six, relief pitcher Tom Gordon. And when her radio’s reception begins to fade, Trisha imagines that Tom Gordon is with her—her key to surviving an enemy known only by the slaughtered animals and mangled trees in its wake.
 

About Stephen King

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. Joe Hill is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Heart-Shaped Box and Horns and writes an ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key. He makes lots of noise on Twitter under the handle @joe_hill.
 
Published January 1, 1999 by Pocket Books. 264 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Education & Reference. Fiction

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""The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted."" King's new novel--which begins with that sentence--has teeth, too, and it bites hard.

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BC Books

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“All because I needed to pee...” Continued on the next page Page 1 — Page 2 — Page 3 — Page 4

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Examiner

Questioning all that is around her and keeping her wits about her while her long struggle of being lost continues our protagonist reminds the reader of the child within themselves that never truly outgrew that fear of the dark.

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Entertainment Weekly

For those who have spent years of adulthood circling around questions of faith, it may be a little jarring to witness Trisha's hasty conversion: ''Something had brought her through the day, after all, horrible as it had been.

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Pajiba

you can almost feel the mosquitoes sucking at her flesh, the bites causing her skin to itch and swell, the hunger taking over and the ever-present fear niggling at her.

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Nights and Weekends

I’ve been going through this King phase lately – so naturally, I was overjoyed to find one of his books in the bargain section at the local bookstore (I am, after all, a starving artist).

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SFFWorld.com

(Dec 04, 2000) I have just recently read Steven King's "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" It was a gripping novel and well written.

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New York Magazine

Stephen King says that turning his 1999 best-seller The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon into a pop-up book was an idea that mystified him at first.

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