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Last Days of Summer - Steve Kluger
Last Days of Summer
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The hilarious and heart–warming story about a down–and–out kid who finds inspiration in his favourite baseball hero. In Brooklyn, 1940, a wisecracking, baseball loving twelve–year–old boy, Joey Margolis, is in desperate need of a hero. His rich father has recently divorced his mother, leaving her... show more
The hilarious and heart–warming story about a down–and–out kid who finds inspiration in his favourite baseball hero. In Brooklyn, 1940, a wisecracking, baseball loving twelve–year–old boy, Joey Margolis, is in desperate need of a hero. His rich father has recently divorced his mother, leaving her all but penniless, and she is forced to move herself and her son to an Italian dominated part of Brooklyn, where he's the only Jew in the area. Constant abuse from other boys in the neighbourhood prompts Joey to send letters to Charlie Banks, an up–and–coming star with the New York Giants, asking for a home run so he can tell everyone that it was for him. Joey uses every trick in the book to get what he wants and the friendship that comes out of their simple correspondence will change them both forever. This improbable friendship is woven together through letters, postcards, notes, telegrams, newspaper clippings, report cards and ticket stubs, and includes a colourful cast of supporting characters. o The joys and sorrows growing up will always have an audience and this novel sheds light on all the complexity of those difficult times, with humour and joy.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780060821449 (0060821442)
Publisher: Avon
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
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Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it
5.0 The Last Days of Summer
This is the rare book I've told my husband he has to read, it's non-negotiable. Brilliant, funny, poignant. It's also one of those rare books that has a summary that exactly captures the flavour of the book itself. But it GUTTED me. I was laughing like crazy and then suddenly I wasn't. I consi...
Book Cupidity
Book Cupidity rated it
5.0 To end my baseball season on a book note...
This is my all-time favorite book. Period. That's it. Most people can't say they have 1, all-time, favorite book. This has everything in a book I want; great characters, great story, hilarious and moving. I have three copies, one I loan, one I re-read every couple of years, and my most cherished sig...
EpicFehlReader
EpicFehlReader rated it
Last Days of Summer is the story of Joey Margolis, neighborhood punching bag, growing up goofy and mostly fatherless in Brooklyn in the early 1940s. A boy looking for a hero, Joey decides to latch on to Charlie Banks, the all-star third baseman for the New York Giants. But Joey's chosen champion doe...
Woman Reading
Woman Reading rated it
5.0 "Brother, If you can't feel it, I can't explain it."
This is a MUST READ book! It's 1940 and Joey is a 12 years old Jewish boy living in Brooklyn after his parents divorce. Joey's had a rough start in the new area. He's being bullied pretty badly, made some bad decisions, and has come to the conclusion that there is only one way out of this mess....
Stumbling Over Chaos
Stumbling Over Chaos rated it
5.0
4.5 stars. Very good epistolary historical fiction about a 12-year old Jewish boy living in Brooklyn in 1940 who starts corresponding with the New York Giants third baseman, beginning a life-changing friendship for both of them. This was touching and funny and had me in tears at the end.
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