Calico Joe by John Grisham

Into the Wild

Read Calico Joe Online Free - A surprising and moving novel of fathers and sons, forgiveness and redemption, set in the world of Major League Baseball…
Whatever happened to Calico Joe?
     It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a twenty-one-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz.
In the summer of 1973 Joe Castle was the boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone had ever seen.  The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas dazzled Cub fans as he hit home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shattered all rookie records.
Calico Joe quickly became the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul Tracey, the young son of a hard-partying and hard-throwing Mets pitcher. On the day that Warren Tracey finally faced Calico Joe, Paul was in the stands, rooting for his idol but also for his Dad. Then Warren threw a fastball that would change their lives forever…
In John Grisham’s new novel the baseball is thrilling, but it’s what happens off the field that makes CALICO JOE a classic.

Title : Calico Joe
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ISBN : 0385536073
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 198 pages


Brina rated it ★★★★★

March 29, 2016

The blurb on the front of the book reads the great American storyteller meets our national pastime. I remember when Calico Joe came out. The Cubs were in the midst of another losing season and the radio announcers had John Grisham in their booth to discuss his new baseball book. I did not get aro...

Jay rated it ★★★★★

July 30, 2012

The greatest triumph in today’s popular fiction could be the equal success John Grisham gets from his deepest hatred and his richest love. Most know that Grisham the author of a number of good and best-selling legal thrillers hates the law. Or more precisely hates the act of lawyering. Fewer prob...

Steve rated it ★★★★☆

March 15, 2016

4.5 stars. John Grisham, obviously, is a very accomplished writer of tense legal thrillers, all of which are best sellers. Every once in a while, he strays from that genre and writes simply fantastic day-in-the-life type books of which I can't get enough. This is one of those books, and fits right...

Jennifer rated it ★★★★☆

April 13, 2012

Fan of baseball? Not a fan of baseball? Doesnt' matter-this book is a must read! This is so much more than a book about baseball. It's about family, heartache, broken promises, disappointments, growing up...mostly forgiveness and resiliance. You ache for Paul Tracey, his sister and Mom. You are s...

Susan rated it ★★★★★

August 13, 2017

Calico Joe John Grisham CALICO JOE is not like any other John Grisham book I have ever read. It is a story about fathers and sons and forgiveness and letting go of events in the past. My husband is a life long Cubs fan and I pulled him right in with the story of Calico Joe. Paul Tracey gets a call...

Marla rated it ★★★★☆

May 11, 2016

If you are a baseball fan, this is a great read. It's a small book so doesn't take very long.

thewanderingjew rated it ★★★★★

March 01, 2012

John Grisham has hit this one out of the park. It isn't masquerading as rocket science; it is simply a tender tale of baseball, told with all the glory, and even the horror, that sometimes may accompany the game. It is hard to know, at first, if this book is for adults or young adults, especially...

Darcy rated it ★★★★☆

April 21, 2012

I feel like I should preface this review by saying that I don't like baseball, in fact I think I would rather watch paint dry, it is just as exciting. So it was with great trepidation that I picked up this book and how very surprised by how much I loved this book by the end. The book isn't really...

Gary rated it ★★★☆☆

August 26, 2016

I enjoyed this story and would have marked it higher if only there was less details on baseball. Maybe it would have worked better for me if it was based around a sport I am more familiar with. On the positive side there were some excellent characters and the plot was solid but a little simple. A...

Blair rated it ★★★★☆

December 14, 2017

Calico Joe is a pleasant parable on the vicissitudes of life in professional sport, where one decision made in the heat of the moment can destroy a promising career, and also on the holding of life-long grudges, forgiveness and redemption. I've long been a fan of Grisham's courtroom and legal nov...

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