Calico Joe

Calico Joe
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Author: John Grisham
Pages: 228
ISBN: 9780345536648
Release: 2013
Editor: Bantam

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Follows the divergent paths of a rookie hitter for the Chicago Cubs and a hard-hitting Mets pitcher.

Calico Joe

Calico Joe
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Author: John Grisham
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780345541338
Release: 2013-03-26
Editor: Dell Publishing Company

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Follows the divergent paths of a rookie hitter for the Chicago Cubs and a hard-hitting Mets pitcher.

Calico Joe

Calico Joe
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Author: John Grisham
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780385536080
Release: 2012-04-10
Editor: Dell

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

“Grisham knocks it out of the park.”—The Washington Post It’s the summer of 1973, and Joe Castle is the boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone has ever seen. The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas, dazzles Chicago Cubs fans as he hits home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shatters all rookie records. Calico Joe quickly becomes the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul Tracey, the young son of a hard-partying and hard-throwing New York Mets pitcher. On the day that Warren Tracey finally faces Calico Joe, Paul is in the stands, rooting for his idol but also for his dad. Then Warren throws a fastball that will change their lives forever. #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “An enjoyable, heartwarming read that’s not just for baseball fans.”—USA Today “Grisham has hit a home run. . . . Calico Joe is a great read, a lyrical ode to baseball, small-town America, youthful innocence and a young boy’s search for heroes.”—The Buffalo News “[A] pleasure . . . Suffice to say [Grisham] knows his way around the ballpark as well as he does a courtroom.”—The Washington Times Includes an excerpt of John Grisham’s The Racketeer

Playing for Pizza

Playing for Pizza
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Author: John Grisham
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780307576118
Release: 2010-03-16
Editor: Dell

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Rick Dockery is the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In the AFC Championship game, to the surprise and dismay of virtually everyone, Rick actually gets into the game. With a seventeen-point lead and just minutes to go, Rick provides what is arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he becomes a national laughingstock—and is immediately cut by the Browns and shunned by all other teams. But all Rick knows is football, and he insists that his agent find a team that needs him. Against enormous odds, Rick finally gets a job—as the starting quarterback for the Mighty Panthers . . . of Parma, Italy. The Parma Panthers desperately want a former NFL player—any former NFL player—at their helm. And now they’ve got Rick, who knows nothing about Parma (not even where it is) and doesn’t speak a word of Italian. To say that Italy—the land of fine wines, extremely small cars, and football americano—holds a few surprises for Rick Dockery would be something of an understatement. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham's The Litigators.

Pete the Cat and Calico Joe

Pete the Cat and Calico Joe
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Author: Bob Battersby
Pages: 26
ISBN: 1489703039
Release: 2014-10
Editor: Liferich

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

This is a story of Pete the Cat who finds love, friendship, conflict, and parenting responsibilities just outside his back garden. Pete the Cat is a well cared for, stay at home, indoor/outdoor cat who ventures into the outside world. He finds the world outside is populated by molly cats and toms of all size and description. He meets with and finesses his way out of a battle with an older battle-scarred tom and finds friendship and love among the neighborhood clowder. He meets and romances Miss Jelly Bean, a very attractive tabby. No sooner do they mate and produce a fine, robust litter than Pete makes a fateful trip to the vet, whereupon his return he finds his attraction for the opposite sex is severely diminished and he bonds with another tom whose interest in attractive females is but a distant memory.

The Litigators

The Litigators
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Author: John Grisham
Pages: 402
ISBN: 9780345536884
Release: 2012
Editor: Bantam

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The best-selling author of The Confession and The Appeal presents a latest legal thriller in which high-stakes courtroom tensions lead up to an explosive, unorthodox conclusion. A best-selling novel. Reprint.

The Summons

The Summons
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Author: John Grisham
Pages: 373
ISBN: 9780345531988
Release: 2012-02
Editor: Dell Publishing Company

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Ray Atlee and his brother, Forrest, receive a letter from their father, a reclusive, retired judge, instructing them to return home to Clanton, Mississippi, to discuss his estate, but the judge dies before his sons arrive, leaving behind a secret known only to Ray. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

The Wall of Doom Creature Campers Book 3

The Wall of Doom  Creature Campers Book 3
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Author: Joe McGee
Pages: 96
ISBN: 1524860905
Release: 2020-09-15
Editor: Creature Campers

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In Book 3, the Creature Campers will have to work together to conquer their biggest challenge yet: the Camp Moonlight obstacle course . . . of DOOM! Norm, Oliver, Hazel, and Wisp will have to cross the monkey bars without landing in the ooey, gooey mud, crawl on their bellies through a tire tunnel, and climb a towering challenge known as The Wall--all while blindfolded! As the campers take turns leading, they learn that sometimes it's good to be small, and sometimes it's good to be tall, but it's always good to face a challenge with friends who cheer you on with every step, hop, stride, or wing flutter. And a little unexpected help when you need it most never hurts, either!

Witness to a Trial

Witness to a Trial
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Author: John Grisham
Pages: 23
ISBN: 9780385542579
Release: 2016-09-27
Editor: Doubleday

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A startling and original courtroom drama from New York Times #1 Bestseller John Grisham that is the prequel to his newest legal thriller, THE WHISTLER A judge’s first murder trial. A defense attorney in over his head. A prosecutor out for blood and glory. The accused, who is possibly innocent. And the killer, who may have just committed the perfect crime.

The Street Lawyer

The Street Lawyer
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Author: John Grisham
Pages: 464
ISBN: 9780307576088
Release: 2010-03-16
Editor: Dell

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

He gave up the money. He gave up the power. Now all he has left is the law. Michael Brock is billing the hours, making the money, rushing relentlessly to the top of Drake & Sweeney, a giant D.C. law firm. One step away from partnership, Michael has it all. Then, in an instant, it all comes undone. A homeless man takes nine lawyers hostage in the firm's plush offices. When it is all over, the man's blood is splattered on Michael's face--and suddenly Michael is willing to do the unthinkable. Rediscovering a conscience he lost long ago, Michael is leaving the big time for the streets where his attacker once lived--and where society's powerless need an advocate for justice. But there's one break Michael can't make: from a secret that has floated up from the depths of Drake & Sweeney, from a confidential file that is now in Michael's hands, and from a conspiracy that has already taken lives. Now Michael's former partners are about to become his bitter enemies. Because to them, Michael Brock is the most dangerous man on the streets....

Bleachers

Bleachers
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Author: John Grisham
Pages: 229
ISBN: 9780345532039
Release: 2011-12
Editor: Dell

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Presents a novel about high school football in a small Texas town, a place in which football has become a religion.

Swing

Swing
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Author: Philip Beard
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9780990376613
Release: 2014-05-01
Editor: Philip Beard

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

"Swing is richly rewarding...a tight, poignant coming of age novel...[that] will stay with you long after you put this book down." –Sports Illustrated John Kostka is three feet tall but larger than life, moving through the world on gloved hands and powerful arms as if on a set of parallel bars. Henry Graham is a ten year-old boy whose father has just left home for good. When the two meet at a downtown bus stop, all they seem to have in common is their love of the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates. But that is enough to begin a life-long friendship that, eventually, enables both men to confront old enemies and heal old wounds. Philip Beard's third and most accomplished novel swings between two narratives the way John Kostka swings through life. The result is a multifaceted meditation on childhood heroes, the beauty of baseball and the power of love to heal a family in crisis. “Philip Beard’s Swing is a novel to be savored.” –Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants and Ape House “Philip Beard’s novel Swing is complex and rich, and the characters feel fully made of flesh and blood as they make their way through the pages... It’s at once heartbreaking, uplifting and emotionally resonant. In a word, it’s beautiful."-Pittsburgh Magazine “Beard‘s characters are flawed but inherently likeable, and he allows us to know them intimately, so their missteps and misfortunes hit like a punch in the gut every time. Every character—the absent father, the troubled sister, the mysterious wonder that is John Kostka—feels alive due to Beard‘s skillfully simple prose and dialogue. …Philip Beard‘s other novels, Lost in the Garden and Dear Zoe (named as one of Booklist’s Ten Best First Novels) have garnered some attention, but with Swing, Beard has hit it out of the park.” –Foreword Reviews "If your sensibilities allow for the careful blending of baseball nostalgia and muscular literature, Swing is right there in your wheelhouse. Mr. Beard’s richly formed characters each command the reader’s interest from the quiet urgency in their evolving selves, but none is as unforgettable as John Kostka, a legless veteran who swings himself on and off PAT buses with varying degrees of success. That the story unfolds against the backdrop of the decidedly non-fiction Pittsburgh Pirates of 1971 is not just a literary device for time and place. It’s a launch point for Mr. Beard’s own subtle beauty-of-baseball treatise, and the beauty here lies as much in the writing as in the game. The reader needs no special affinity for either the team or even the sport to enjoy Swing. Still, in the game’s most elemental terms, Mr. Beard’s swing here is just about perfect. In fact, he crushes it." –The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “In his wonderful follow-up to Dear Zoe, Philip Beard takes his readers to unexpected places with emotions as true and honest as ever. Gracefully shifting points-of-view and characters—from 1970’s World Series Pittsburgh to the present— in prose that would make Richard Yates proud, Beard delivers a story of how we grow up, how we grow old, and how we grow into people we both love and hate. In the World Series of the heart, Beard takes the pennant, delivering grace to the reader in the same way his characters dream of saving one another.” –Lori Jakiela, award-winning author of The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious “Narrator Henry Graham asks his writing students, ‘But what does it taste like?’ Philip Beard’s Swing is a novel to be savored.” –Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants and Ape House “Like Chad Harbaugh in The Art of Fielding, Philip Beard uses baseball as a lens to view love and loss. Swing is a generous, heartfelt novel filled with imperfect characters worth loving, and a valentine to Pittsburgh and the great Pirate teams of Maz and Clemente.” –Stewart O’Nan, award-winning author of Faithful and Emily Alone "Swing is the work of a superb storyteller, infused with keen observation, the ache of nostalgia and deep emotion that is always earned. No one has better captured so many significant stages of life or so beautifully combined them, and Beard’s perfect balance between elegant phrasing and a driving narrative make Swing a novel impossible to put down." –Tasha Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of Death in the Floating City "Philip Beard's new book arrives as a very rare achievement: a novel that feels truly and fully and enchantingly alive. Damaged and wounded, yearning and adrift, often down but never entirely out, his vivid characters come onstage as people we know—and they reveal themselves ever more fully as we learn their stories, because Philip Beard is one writer who never cuts corners or fails to go deep. A first-rate novel of second chances, Swing is one from the heart." –Jon Clinch, award-winning author of Finn and The Thief of Auschwitz “An exquisite novel so real you watch it rather than read it. Masterful, erotic and poignant, Swing is a movie waiting to happen.” –Tish Cohen, bestselling author of Inside Out Girl and The Search Angel.

The Might Have Been

The Might Have Been
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Author: Joseph M. Schuster
Pages: 330
ISBN: 9780345530264
Release: 2012
Editor: Random House Digital, Inc.

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Hoping to achieve a lifelong goal when he is called up to the major leagues after 10 years in the minors, Edward Everett Yates makes a risky play that results in a devastating injury and is unable to pursue a life without baseball as the years progress. A first novel.

Prospect

Prospect
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Author: Bill Littlefield,William Littlefield
Pages: 240
ISBN: 0618086870
Release: 2001-04
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A retired baseball scout gets another chance for signing The Prospect.

The Broker

The Broker
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Author: John Grisham
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9780307575982
Release: 2010-03-16
Editor: Dell

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In his final hours in office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems that Backman, in his heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world’s most sophisticated satellite surveillance system. Backman is quietly smuggled out of the country in a military cargo plane, given a new name, a new identity, and a new home in Italy. Eventually, after he has settled into his new life, the CIA will leak his whereabouts to the Israelis, the Russians, the Chinese, and the Saudis. Then the CIA will do what it does best: sit back and watch. The question is not whether Backman will survive—there is no chance of that. The question the CIA needs answered is, Who will kill him? BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham's The Litigators.

Ford County

Ford County
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Author: John Grisham
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780099545781
Release: 2010
Editor: Random House

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Ford County. The heart of the American deep South. A place of harsh beauty, of broken dreams and final wishes. From legendary legal thriller author John Grisham comes a unique collection of stories connected by the life and crimes of Ford County. From a hard-drinking, downtrodden divorce lawyer looking for pay-dirt, to a manipulative death row inmate with one last plea, FordCountyfeatures a vivid cast of attorneys, crooks, hustlers, and convicts. From their stories emerges a rich picture of lives lived and lost in Mississippi. Completely gripping, frequently moving and always entertaining, FordCountybrims with the same page-turning quality and heart-stopping drama of his previous bestsellers.

The Confession

The Confession
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Author: John Grisham
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9780385534130
Release: 2010-10-26
Editor: Dell

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER BONUS: This edition contains excerpts from John Grisham's The Litigators and Calico Joe. An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, Travis Boyette abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row. Now nine years have passed. Travis has just been paroled in Kansas for a different crime; Donté is four days away from his execution. Travis suffers from an inoperable brain tumor. For the first time in his miserable life, he decides to do what’s right and confess. But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges, and politicians that they’re about to execute an innocent man?

Maggie and the Chocolate War

Maggie and the Chocolate War
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Author: Michelle Mulder
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781926739410
Release: 2007-01-01
Editor: Second Story Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

It's 1947, and while the second world war is over and ration tickets are gone, food prices are going up. Then it is announced that the price of chocolate is going up too! Maggie and her friends leap into action and plan a strike against the price hike.

A Son of the Circus

A Son of the Circus
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Author: John Irving
Pages: 672
ISBN: 9780307362001
Release: 2012-05-08
Editor: Vintage Canada

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A Hindi film star and an American missionary are twins separated at birth; a dwarf — a former circus clown — mistakes the missionary for the movie star. And stalking one of them is a serial killer...

Facing a Frenemy

Facing a Frenemy
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Author: Jan Fields
Pages: 80
ISBN: 9781629682341
Release: 2014-01-01
Editor: ABDO Publishing Company

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Meri knows best friends forever donÍt always last, but why did her ex-best turn into the meanest girl in school? With help from one of the spunkiest girls in childrenÍs literature, Anne Shirley of Anne of Green Gables, Meri works to unravel the mystery of best friend turned worst bully. Calico Chapter Books is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO Group. Grades 2-5.