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The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon: A Classic Collectible Pop-Up

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon: A Classic Collectible Pop-Up

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by Stephen King (Based On Work by), Kees Moerbeek (Engineer), Alan Dingman (Illustrator), Peter Abrahams (Text by)

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A modern-day Hansel & Gretel from the master of suspense -- now in pop-up edition.

Nine-year-old Trisha McFarland is lost in the wilderness of the Applachian Trail after wandering off from her mother and brother. For solace she tunes her Walkman radio to Boston Red Sox broadcasts and the gritty performances of her hero, relief pitcher Tom Gordon.


A modern-day Hansel & Gretel from the master of suspense -- now in pop-up edition.

Nine-year-old Trisha McFarland is lost in the wilderness of the Applachian Trail after wandering off from her mother and brother. For solace she tunes her Walkman radio to Boston Red Sox broadcasts and the gritty performances of her hero, relief pitcher Tom Gordon. As she gets more and more lost, and as the days and nights pass, she imagines that Tom Gordon is with her -- her savior to surviving an enemy known only by the slaughtered animals and mangled trees in its wake. It is a fairy tale grimmer than Grimm, but aglow with a girl's indomitable spirit and told in stunning three-dimension.

The novel version of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon was a nominee for the Washington State Evergreen Young Adult Book Award, a 2000 YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, and a 1999 nominee for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement.

Stephen King's first pop-up is sure to captivate his fans of all ages.

Editorial Reviews

Bill Sheenhan
Alan Dingman has faithfully illustrated the story, while the text, shrewdly adapted for this stringent format by Peter Abrahams, retains the bite and flavor of the original. All in all, this latest incarnation of a minor King gem offers numerous pleasures and some genuinely creepy moments. It would make an ideal gift for the serious King fan and for the adventurous young reader with a taste for stories that have real -- and very sharp -- teeth.
— The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Chilling things pop up in this book by King, who revises his harrowing 1999 novel about a nine-year-old lost in the Maine woods. Due to the format's limited space, the exposition is condensed and rushed: Trisha, the title girl, is on a hike with her recently divorced mom and sullen brother, Pete. While her mother and brother argue, Trisha steps off the trail to relieve herself, and loses her bearings. Beset by bloodthirsty insects (represented on a transparent plastic screen that spins around her face) and menaced by a nameless "special thing that comes for lost kids," Trisha struggles to stay sane and alive. She takes comfort in hallucinations of her hero, Red Sox closing pitcher Tom Gordon, who offers fatherly advice. Like the original, this version follows a baseball structure, from a calm "first inning" to an alarming "top of the ninth" where Trisha faces the supernatural "God of the Lost," a bearlike monster with spiny teeth. King mentions (but the illustrations do not show) things like "the severed head of a deer, terrified eyes wide open" from the original; Dingman creates seven spreads, heavy on the nauseous green and shadowy brown, as Trisha grows increasingly haggard and startling things emerge from trapdoor pages (e.g., a hideous wolfish head or clawed paw appears, then swoops behind a bush). Where the novel built malicious suspense, this production demands that readers lift flaps and peek through transparent windows to heighten the horror. Daring and, ideally, mature King fans will appreciate this scary, perversely funny combo of horror and children's pop-up. Ages 8-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This is a masterful movable book with paper engineering by Kees Moerbeck. The book, which is eight inches high, ten and a half inches wide and two inches thick, the terrifying story of a young girl lost in the Maine woods in pop-ups. Each of the seven double-page spreads has a large pop-up in the center with two side pullouts that contain a condensed text version of the original book and additional animated art to move the story forward. In the story, the children of separated parents go back and forth between their mom and dad. On the day the adventure begins, in spite of the children's reluctance, Trisha, her mother and brother go for an afternoon hike in the Maine woods. When a quarrel begins between her mother and brother, Trisha drops behind for a moment; and, suddenly, she is lost in the forest. For the next week she struggles seeking a way out the woods while having to find shelter at night and things to eat and drink. What gets her through the hunger, pain and terror is thinking about the professional baseball games that she and her father enjoy together. Their favorite player is Tom Gordon, a closing pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, and she often fantasizes that she talks to him. It is her own indomitable courage and this imaginary relationship with Tom Gordon—knowing what he would do in her situation and how brave he would be—that brings her through a dangerous and fearful experience. 2004, Little Simon, Ages 8 up.
—Eleanor Heldrich
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-King boils down his 1999 novel of the same name to short-story length for this elaborately engineered pop-up version. The plot and nightmarish atmosphere remain broadly the same; nine-year-old Trisha takes a wrong turn in the Maine woods, and only gets through an increasingly grueling week of being scared, hungry, attacked by insects, and afflicted with hallucinations by listening to the exploits of (now ex-) Red Sox closer Tom Gordon on her Walkman. The text is printed on accordion-folded side flaps, flanking large-scale outdoor scenes enhanced by the occasional pull tab or acetate window; moving parts are few but deliciously scary-particularly one flap that flips open to reveal a face made of swarming wasps, and another that reveals a preternaturally toothy bear. Despite a happy ending, and a design sturdy enough to endure repeated readings, this is definitely not for younger "scary story" seekers.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Little Simon
Publication date:
A Classic Collectible Pop-Up Series
Edition description:
Pop-Up Bk
Product dimensions:
7.42(w) x 10.36(h) x 1.83(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Novel award from the International Thriller Writers. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

Brief Biography

Bangor, Maine
Date of Birth:
September 21, 1947
Place of Birth:
Portland, Maine
B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970

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Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 380 reviews.
Jessica96 More than 1 year ago
The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon By Stephen King This is a very suspenseful novel. It is written with great detail, and is very well thought out. It is about a nine year old girl named Trisha McFarland, who disappears off of a trail with her mother and brother in the Appalachian Mountains. Her family always argues with each other and pays little attention to her. She thinks of herself as the invisible child. While they are spending their time bickering with each other, Trisha tells them that she needs to use the restroom and is going to take the other path, and catch up to them when she is done. They do not hear her of course. She goes too far into the over grown path and looses her way. Trisha loves sports and she idolizes Tom Gordon, a famous Red Socks player. He is her hero, because listening to the baseball games on her walkman, while being lost in the woods gives her hope for survival. A search party goes out looking for Trisha, and she knows because she had heard it on the news station of the walkman. A helicopter flies over her, but does not see her, and she is left alone in the woods. Trisha has to find out how to survive on her own, with the little supplies she has in her backpack. She eats all of her food and drinks all that she has, and the water form a stream that she has walked miles to makes her sick. She makes her way into a crescent shaped clearing, and gets the feeling that she is not alone. She later finds out that "the thing in the woods" has been following her the entire time. It is a spirit and a misshaped monster that has stopped her from eating by placing dead animals by all food sources, and clawed and knocked down trees. It looks like a human with no eyes, and wasps covering every inch of it, and completely terrifies her. Trisha tries to convince her self it was a dream. But it is not. Overall, I would say that it is an exciting book, with a great plot. Also, the characters and setting make the story come to life and feel as if you are part of it.
MadHatter182 More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Stephen King fan, and have loved every book of his that I have read. And i was very excited to read The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, as I have heard that it was one of his best works, but I has hugely disappointed. As I was reading I kept on waiting for the book to get better or the scary part to happen, and it never did. Don't get me wrong the book is very well written and it has it moments, but they a far and few in between. Please read this book because I am sure that a lot of people will disagree with my opinion, and you may to, and I do not want to ruin a book for anybody.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this story ,, it was so real ,, I was in the stand cheering this little girl on to victory ,, I stepped in the mud with her when she felt defeated ,, I could see all of this so clearly and to think that one little girl's hero could get her through it all, she could teach us all about being tough ,, a must read for all ,, I hope there are going to be more short creative stories like this to come ,, Stephen King is such a good storyteller
thebookwormNJ More than 1 year ago
Trisha McFarland is a nine year old who is going hiking with her mom and older brother. As the hike begins, the mom and teenage brother are busy arguing once again and Trisha who is walking behind them, decides to veer off and use the bathroom in the woods. She figures she won't be missed and she even hopes that her mom and brother might look back and be scared once they realize she's gone, since they've been paying her no mind. Once she's done using the bathroom, Trisha decides to take a shortcut through the woods, instead of going back to the trail. Within minutes, she's completely lost. Her brother and mom still haven't even realized she's not walking behind them anymore. Days roll into nights and the deeper she walks into the woods, the worse it is for her. Soon enough, Trisha realizes she is not alone, something is following her. She can't see it, but she knows it's there. This 'something' is leaving dead animal carcasses and claw marks on trees. Trisha's poor sense of direction continues to lead her further and further into the deep woods. Do you know what amazes me most about this book? The fact that Stephen King can write a story about a nine year old girl being lost in the woods and turn it into a tense, creepy, page turner. I decided to re-read The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon one weekend and it was a nice dose of horror. Characterization is wonderful here as per King's usual. Trisha's parents are divorced, while in the woods she has flashbacks of her mom and dad. She wonders how she could have been sitting in her car one minute, and lost in the woods the next. You can't help but root for her and be scared for her too. King doesn't miss a beat though, Trisha hallucinates at times as the exhaustion and stress take their toll on her. As I read I could easily envision the dense woods, the sounds of birds, the fear Trisha felt. You don't really know what is following Trisha, whether it's a bear or a monster. King does a fantastic job at making you scared of something that hasn't even shown itself yet. It's simply the thought of that monster in the woods that is really scary. I recommend The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon to all King fans or to anyone looking for a quick dose of horror. This one is mild compared to his other works, so if you are new to this author and are looking to read one of his books that isn't too scary, I think this is a good choice. The fear of the unknown, inner strength, courage and hope are what lies at the core of this scary story. King delivers here and I'm glad I re-read this one. King has a knack for creating young characters that the reader can root for and care about.
DearReader More than 1 year ago
This would be a good gift book for a teen/pre-teen girl. It is scary but not terrifying, and very empowering. I recommend this highly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is like a vacuum - it sucks you right into the story. I could not make myself stop reading this book, and I didn't want the story to end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this book, Trisha MacFarland gets lost in the woods while camping with her mom and brother. She must now survive in the woods with her packed lunch and a radio. This is an extreme disappointment! The adventure of Trisha getting lost in the woods is like watching the adventures of an ordinary pinecone. The character chemistry was also awful, since her mother just forgets about finding her daughter after she believes her daughter was murdered. It just stood as a disappointing adventure book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the second Stephen King book I've read, the first being Salem's Lot. I loved Salem's Lot, it was a great book and was also very scary. I was expecting the same from this book and I was very disappointed. It gets off to a pretty slow start, it's an average survival story until about 1/3 of the way through. Then it changes into an average survival story where the character knows she's being watched by something. This continues until there is about 50 pages left and then the story finally develops and the creature following her finally makes a significant appearance. This book was not scary in the slightest which is fine (although not expected from a horror writer) but the story itself was mediocre and there was little suspense.
NoraR 12 months ago
It was a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite nook o 2015 i love all the drumaic part an the way ge thing is unknown until he end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love it currently reading it again. King you've once again outdone yourself
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This is a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! It is a great begginer read. If you are looking for something scarier there are other Stephen King books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some of my favorite Stephen King books aren't in the horror or sci-fi genres. Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, Joyland, Mr. Mercedes, The Body and The Green Mile (I know there's supernatural stuff here, but...). This book is near the top of this list. King knows how to tap into the human spirit, in this case a nine-year-old girl's drive to survive.
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Good story! Enjoyed very much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good short suspence
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The thing following her was................SLENDERMAN!!! LOLZ!!!!! XD
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! Thought I had read just about everything there was from this man. How I missed this masterpiece until now is beyond me, but I am so glad I found it!!! This is a tremendous story of a little girl lost, but oh so much more than that. It is a testament to the human will to survive, even in the most hideous of circumstances. There were funny moments, sad moments, and (being Stephen King) a few pretty scary moments! I am sure many will disagree with me, but these are my favorite Stephen books -- when the scary is more subtle and underlying. I fell in love with this book and with Tricia, rooting for her all the way. Thank you Stephen King for never disappointing me. I can't wait for whatever you have in store next! -- SPeeD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite King stories. Listening to the ball games on the radio is her only connection. The commercial jingles, the game commentators, they all get used in her delirium in such a creative way. If you've ever been lost or even just turned around for a short time while in the woods, you will relate to this story! The audio version is well done. The reader's tone and inflection bring the characters to life. I will listen to this several times!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this one down: I read in just a few days. One of my Stephen King favorites!