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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.

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Calico Joe
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March 20th, 2014
Very good read ....... Just seemed a little short
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Enjoyed it :)
November 5th, 2013
Great novel for baseball fans and non-baseball fans alike. A very well written and captivating read. Thank you John Grisham.
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Calico Joe
April 22nd, 2013
A good read but not as fast as Grisham usually is
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Calico Joe
March 19th, 2013
A simple read that keeps your attention. Grisham captures both the essence of baseball and the concept of decency.
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Calico Joe
March 7th, 2013
Great read of a story by John Grisham. Fictional story of hopes, dreams, regrets, compassion and forgiveness centred around the 1973 major league baseball season as seen through the eyes of an 11 year old whose own struggles with his home life and what transpires on the field shape the man he becomes.
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