Friday, May 4, 2012

Book Club Friday-- Calico Joe.

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…

My Thoughts:  I absolutely loved this book., although it did get a little predictable toward the end.  But John Grisham is a fantastic storyteller, and I was engrossed in this book the entire way.  It was a pretty quick read-- I read it in two sittings.  While it was very much a baseball book, the father/son storyline was the overarching theme.  I highly recommend it!


  1. oh I'm SO glad you reviewed this book! I'm adding it on my to read list! Thanks Katie!

  2. it has been ages since i read a john grisham...

  3. Sounds good. I'll have to add it to my to read list - next up for me is the trashy Shades of Grey! :)

  4. I haven't read this one yet, but do plan on doing so. If anyone is interested in another great sports fiction, you must check out "SportsFan Chronicles" by Kurt Weichert- Written for female sports fans- hilarious!