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Last Days of Summer Updated Ed: A Novel
     

Last Days of Summer Updated Ed: A Novel

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by Steve Kluger
 

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Last Days of Summer is the story of Joey Margolis, neighborhood punching bag, growing up goofy and mostly fatherless in Brooklyn in the early 1940s. A boy looking for a hero, Joey decides to latch on to Charlie Banks, the all-star third baseman for the New York Giants. But Joey's chosen champion doesn't exactly welcome the extreme attention of a persistent

Overview

Last Days of Summer is the story of Joey Margolis, neighborhood punching bag, growing up goofy and mostly fatherless in Brooklyn in the early 1940s. A boy looking for a hero, Joey decides to latch on to Charlie Banks, the all-star third baseman for the New York Giants. But Joey's chosen champion doesn't exactly welcome the extreme attention of a persistent young fan with an overactive imagination. Then again, this strange, needy kid might be exactly what Banks needs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062042675
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/02/2011
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
355,719
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Steve Kluger has written extensively on subjects as far-ranging as World War II, rock 'n' roll, and the Titanic, and as close to the heart as baseball and the Boston Red Sox. He lives in Santa Monica, California.

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4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read alot of the B&N Classics series and I believe this book belongs up with them. This was recommened to me by my 6th grade science teacher and I have loved the book ever since. It is hilarious and dark, and I cry everytime at the end. Everytime you read it you really get into the characters minds with the creative style Kluger wrote this book with. With his use of checklists, letters, telegrams, and reports he makes this book jump out at you, and makes it stay there.
pc88 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've ever read--probably my favorite. I love the way it's written through letters, notes, etc. It's clever, funny, and touching--there haven't been many books that have made me cry, but this one becomes personal.
hayleyleann More than 1 year ago
A wonderfully written book. The use of telegrams, handwritten letters, and notes from the teacher and principal to the parent to tell the story is so great! It will make you laugh out loud one page and break your heart the next. I love the intertwining of baseball, World War II, intolerance, heros, movie and broadway stars, and unconditional love to tell the story. Perfectly wonderful from the first word to the last!!
D_MacGowan More than 1 year ago
This is probably the only book that I ever finished and then immediately started over again. A wonderful tale of a boy and his (unexpected) father figure, it captures the humor and struggles of that kind of relationship. I recommend it highly.
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I received this book from a friend not long after it came out. It remained on my bookshelf for the longest time until I picked it up and entered the quirky world of Joey. It is a roller coaster ride of childhood exhuberance tempered with the vulnerabilty of real life. I laughed so hard at Joey's antics and cried with him when his heart broke. I have read this book about ten times and yes it IS that GOOD of a book. Steve Kluger is an insightful story teller and is able to get you in touch with your inner Joey. I recommend this book often and it will remain my all time favorite book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book brings to life childlike arrogance and the power of persuasion. I am always drawn to stories told from the point of view of a child, and this extraordinary boy, Joey Margolis, weaseled his way into my heart with his perserverance and sheer desire to meet his childhood legend Charlie Banks. If you enjoy the boyish qualities of boys and men alike, toss in some baseball nostalgia and a dash of oldtime broadway, you'll cherish this delightful story and remarkable protagonist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book. Read it.
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Erin Sarpa More than 1 year ago
I+got+this+book+for+my+son+who+loves+to+read+about+baseball.+He+said+it+was+%22awesome%22+so+i+read+it+and+fell+in+love+with+the+characters%2C+the+historical+references+and+the+storytelling.+I+wish+steve+kluger+would+write+more+like+this%2C+it+is+really+the+best+story+i+have+ever+read%2C+and+i+have+read+thousands+of+books.
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sleo More than 1 year ago
I bought it in hardcover when it first came out, devoured it, gave it to my daughter to read, and lost track of it. I laughed out loud, great belly laughs, and I wept ... what a poignant story of a kid and a baseball player. And so much more.
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