Summerland

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You better be ready, kid," said a voice just behind him. "Pretty soon now you going to get the call."

Ethan looked behind him. On the other side of the low chain-link fence that separated the ball field from the spectator area leaned a dark little man with bright green eyes. He was an old man, with white hair pulled back into a ponytail and a big, intelligent nose. His skin was the color of a well-oiled baseball glove. The expression on his face was half mocking and half ...

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Overview

You better be ready, kid," said a voice just behind him. "Pretty soon now you going to get the call."

Ethan looked behind him. On the other side of the low chain-link fence that separated the ball field from the spectator area leaned a dark little man with bright green eyes. He was an old man, with white hair pulled back into a ponytail and a big, intelligent nose. His skin was the color of a well-oiled baseball glove. The expression on his face was half mocking and half annoyed, as if he had been disappointed to catch Ethan napping, but not surprised. There was something in his face that said he knew Ethan Feld.

Summerland is a magical place, where the local Little League gathers to play baseball on a perfectly manicured lawn, and the sun is always shining in a flawless blue sky. However, the small beings known as ferishers, who ensure this perfect weather, are threatened by an ancient enemy and need a hero -- a baseball star, in fact -- to vanquish their foe.

The ferishers recruit Ethan Feld, possibly the worst ballplayer in the history of the league, as their chosen leader. No one is more surprised than Ethan at their choice, but their faith spurs him on.

Accompanied by his determined friend Jennifer T. Rideout and a motley crew of creatures that includes everything from a Sasquatch to a werefox, Ethan struggles to defeat giants, bat-winged goblins, and one of the toughest ball clubs in the realms of magic to save the Summerlands, and, ultimately, the world.

Michael Chabon, one of the most acclaimed storytellers of our time, creates a whole new universe richly drawn from American folklore, with legendary beings, monsters, and mythical creatures inhabiting a magical landscape where the powers of the past and the future, of good and evil, are locked in grand battle.

Ethan Feld, the worst baseball player in the history of the game, finds himself recruited by a 100-year-old scout to help a band of fairies triumph over an ancient enemy.

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Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Chabon is now giving a nod to younger audiences with this wondrous fantasy triumph about magical parallel worlds, the legend of baseball, and one boy's amazing journey to save the universe.

Ethan Feld has never been prone to adventure or attention, especially since he's often ridiculed about his lame baseball playing. But after he awakens one day to find a werefox sitting on his chest, Ethan learns he's ripe for a "fantastic destiny" in the Summerlands -- part of a connected, hidden world, where small American Indian-like ferishers play ball, and evil Coyote is thirsty to destroy the universe. Ethan agrees to the job, but when his father is kidnapped, his mission becomes more personal than he bargained for. With a team of ragtag players called Big Chief Cinquefoil's Traveling Shadowtails All-Star Baseball Club -- including the feisty pitcher Jennifer T., Thor Wignutt (a boy who's not quite a boy), a she-Sasquatch named Taffy, and the Anaheim Angels' Rodrigo Buendía -- Ethan treks through the Summerlands playing against incredible creatures and an impending time limit, hoping to reach his dad. Little does he know, however, that his abilities will be tested in the biggest baseball showdown of all time.

In a breathtaking work, Chabon successfully weaves a solid American-made fantasy, incorporating Native American lore, tall tales, and our nation's greatest pastime to make a modern-day tale of good versus evil. Young readers and adults alike will be rooting for Ethan all the way during his odyssey, and they'll be intrigued at how Chabon portrays the origins of the world, along with the wickedness that's out to destroy it. With the awesomeness of Sandy Koufax's fastball and the drama of Ty Cobb's swing, Summerland is an adventure that keeps you riveted until the last play. Matt Warner

James Sullivan
Reading Michael Chabon's new book—billed by the publisher as an age-appropriate story "for young readers and adults alike"—it's impossible to ignore the mental images of the inevitable movie adaptation. Summerland, with its cast of baseball-playing dwarves, giants and "werefoxes," its magic portals and parallel universes, its doomsday scenario and its motley-but-lovable crew of misfit kids from fictitious Clam Island, Washington, is surely destined to hit the big screen as a computer-enhanced live-action feature film a few years hence. A summer blockbuster is in the making for the kid in all of us.

The same qualities that could well make the movie unbearable—the unruly hodgepodge of characters, the hand-me-down baseball-as-life metaphors, the boilerplate late-inning heroics—actually conspire to make Summerland an amusing, if not entirely satisfying, read. Chabon, fresh off the widely admired film version of his novel Wonder Boys and the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, can now write his own ticket. He doesn't waste any time. Here he indulges a childhood obsession to match the comic book world of Kavalier and Clay—the sport of baseball.

Chabon's improbable wonder boy, Ethan Feld, is a fairly well-adjusted kid, except when it comes to playing ball. At Summerland, the magically sun-drenched corner of otherwise sodden Clam Island, he plays the game mostly to appease his widower father, who cheers his son's every bobble, baserunning blunder and strikeout. A batted ball sails past Ethan, who is picking daisies out in right field, and it doesn't even register. "He was dimly aware of the other players chattering,pounding their gloves, teasing or encouraging each other, but he felt very far away from it all. He felt like the one balloon at a birthday party that comes loose from a lawn chair and floats off into the sky," writes Chabon, who has a truly marvelous feel for small descriptive moments. "A baseball landed nearby, and rolled away toward the fence at the edge of the field, as if it had someplace important to get to. Later it turned out that Ethan was supposed to have caught that ball."

Ethan's dad is something of a self-taught scientific genius, and his ingenuity attracts the attention of one Rob Padfoot, who turns out to be an accomplice of Coyote—Chabon's rather fallible version of the devil himself. Mr. Feld is kidnapped and whisked off to an alternate plane, a living hell where Coyote is scheming to bring on the final calamitous inning of the world as we (and the various baseball-playing crossbreeds) know it.

Certainly young readers will delight in the author's masterful use of imagery, whatever they make of the story. When a band of marauding werewolves thunders past Ethan's hiding place, the author fully engages the audience's senses: "The yipping grew louder, and more joyous," Chabon writes, "and Ethan saw that the creatures had the shapes of men, and the heads of wolves, and the next moment he could smell their coats, rancid and sweet, a smell like the inside of your lunchbox at the end of a warm afternoon."

In creating Summerland, Chabon plunders the standard young boy's book (and video) library, from J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis to the requisite inspirational baseball yarns—such as Bernard Malamud's The Natural and W.P. Kinsella's Shoeless Joe. And he throws in several supernatural Harry Potter–style incidents for good measure. Clearly he wants in on the burgeoning big business of entertainment for kids.

Baseball, as we have heard countless times before, really does lend itself as an all-purpose allegory. The author makes the most of it, especially near the end of the book, when brave Ethan confronts an apparition that has tricked him into believing that he and his long-dead mother are reuniting.

"The sweetness of that bitter memory, of her embrace, of holding her again and hearing her voice, filled his heart so full that all the old healed places in it were broken all over again," Chabon writes in a climactic passage that makes all his far-flung fancies seem perfectly groomed for this realization. "And in that moment he felt—for the first time that optimistic and cheerful boy allowed himself to feel—how badly made life was, how flawed. No matter how richly furnished you made it, with all the noise and variety of Something, Nothing always found a way in, seeped through the cracks and patches. Mr. Feld was right; life was like baseball, filled with loss and error, with bad hops and wild pitches, a game in which even champions lost almost as often as they won, and even the best hitters were put out seventy percent of the time. Coyote was right to want to wipe it out, to call the whole sad thing on account of darkness."

That's not how the story ends, of course. Kids' tales can't end in desolation. Not while there are movies to be made.

It's worth wondering whether Summerland's baseball fixation might land with a thud among contemporary schoolchildren, like that high fly ball that eluded not just Ethan's grasp but his attention, too. The real-life major leagues have made a concerted effort in recent years to rebuild interest among young fans, but baseball is not America's favorite pastime the way it was, say, fifty years ago.

With Summerland, Chabon sometimes seems to be offering up a lavish new marketing endorsement for the sport. "Errors ... well, they are a part of life, Ethan," Mr. Feld tells his son in the opening chapter of the book. "Fouls and penalties, generally speaking, are not. That's why baseball is more like life than other games." Baseball buffs young and old—and you can count this reviewer among them—will never grow tired of such poetic pronouncements.
Publishers Weekly
Following the death of his mother, a boy moves with this father to an island, where a mystical baseball scout recruits him for a special mission and escorts him through a gateway to a series of interconnected worlds. In a starred review, PW said that the author "hits a high-flying home run, creating a vivid fantasy where baseball is king." All ages. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Ethan Feld is a hopeless baseball player on Ruth's Fluff-N'-Fold Roosters, a team of losers playing summer league somewhere near Bellingham on the fictional Clam Island in Washington state. Unexpectedly, Ethan is approached by Cutbelly, a Werefox and Shadowtail, who can travel to the Four Worlds. He is scouting for a hero and needs Ethan's help against the coming end-of-the-world "Ragged Rock." So begins a journey of unlikely companions as Ethan and two fellow teammates journey to Summerland to form a team of sorts to play ball to save the world and Worlds. In Summerland, the great trickster Coyote is ready to put the Worlds down by poisoning the well that feeds the great tree on which the four World branches grow. Chabon manages to convey to readers the marvel of these inter-existing Worlds by fashioning a specific magic. In this magic leaves of a tree quadrant touch another quadrant, or "pleach," and travelers who know how can enter one of the Worlds through the link. Coyote, however, has been hacking these pleaches apart. The author knows how to keep many threads of a plot going, as evidenced here and in his adult book, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Ethan's widower father, Bruce Feld, is an inventor whose talents and creations Coyote needs in order to succeed with his evil plan. The many characters, the many mythologies, and the American folklore Chabon moves readers through can easily overwhelm a reader. There's the "ferisher" world of fairies led by a chief, Cinquefoil; giants; a changeling; a Sasquatch named Taffy; La Llarona or "The Weeping Woman;" the Tall People led by Annie Christmas who played on Ethan's tag team; a hundred-year-old scout from the Negro leagues;and plenty of Native American lore including the faked lore of the Wa-He-Ta Braves who nonetheless with their earnestness play a part in Ethan's eventual triumph. Then there are the villains: Coyote and his minions; shadow people; a Bottom-Cat; and a ruthless ball team called the Hobs who agree to play Ethan for his key possession—a bat made from a splinter of wood from the great tree. The book comes in at under five hundred pages and has many marvelous characters including the savvy pitcher, Jennifer T. Rideout, whose parentage includes Salish Indians and a few old aunts who remember Summerland and Thor Wignutt, who really is a human misfit. Other satisfactions include Chabon's masterful hand with real conversation, his inventive plot, contemporary references that surprise, and the doings of the versatile family derigible which lifts an old Saab named Skidbladner. While it's all a bit overwhelming, readers who can conquer Harry Potter's enormousness and are familiar with high fantasy's good versus evil battles won't be bothered by the overloaded nature of this book. The ending is satisfying and understanding depends on the reader's careful remembering of how these Worlds were created. But it will take at least two reads to appreciate all that Chabon has tried to accomplish—and for the most part, has. A big American fantasy based on North American mythologies, folklore, and our sometimes mythical past and the great pastime of baseball. 2002, Hyperion,
— Susan Hepler
VOYA
Ethan Feld, "the worst baseball player in the history of the game," is the chosen one. To save his world, known as the Midling, and many other parallel worlds such as Summerland, Ethan must defeat the trickster Coyote. Coyote kidnaps Ethan's father as part of his plan to annihilate the universe, and Ethan travels the worlds in search of his father. With the help of his little league teammate, Jennifer T. Rideout, Ethan assembles enough allies for a baseball team that must face Coyote's team of demons, the Hobbledehoys, in a game that will determine whether or not the universe survives. Chabon, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (Random House, 2000/VOYA August 2001), draws from Native American mythology to create a fantasy world that rivals Tolkien's Middle-Earth in complexity. No doubt Chabon also had the Harry Potter craze in mind when he wrote the book, as the works of J. K. Rowling are also set in an alternate world populated by a plethora of fantastic creatures. The book is beautifully written, but few teen readers will be able to-or want to-navigate their way through Chabon's labyrinth of worlds. This book might be recommended for libraries that serve intense fantasy buffs between grades ten and twelve. Even those libraries, however, might frequently find the book sitting on the shelves in the teen section. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult). 2002, Hyperion/Disney, 512p,
— David Goodale
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-Ethan Feld, a less-than-mediocre Little League player, is recruited by Ringfinger Brown, an old-timer from the Negro Leagues, to play in the ball game of his life-and save the world. Ethan lives on Clam Island, WA, where a place called Summerland exists. It is a link to alternate worlds where fantastic creatures reside, ruled by the trickster Coyote, who has decided that he wants to put an end to the world. Ethan, an unlikely hero, begins his journey accompanied by his friends Jennifer T. Rideout and Thor Wignutt. Along the way, they face many obstacles (with outcomes often determined by baseball games) and are joined by all sorts of beings: a Sasquatch, a talking rat, a tiny giant, a major league ball player, and characters that readers may remember from legends and fairy tales. Readers will identify with Ethan and his motley crew with their insecurities, longings, family problems, and their sometimes clumsy ingenuity. Packed with magic, adventure, myth, and America's favorite pastime, this book will enchant its audience.-Kimberly L. Paone, Elizabeth Public Library, NJ Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
"Well, we got no choice, an' that's a fact. The Rade has showed up, years before we ever done expected them, and yer about ten years shy o' half-cooked, but we got no choice. There ain't no time ta go looking for another champion. I guess ya'll hafta do." Thus is 11-year-old Ethan Feld, the worst ballplayer in the history of the game, drafted by the Home Run King of three worlds to forestall the end of the world at Ragged Rock. Ragged Rock is not a place but a moment-the last out of the bottom of the ninth-and the Rade is the combined hordes of Coyote, the Changer, who is bent on poisoning the four great branches of the World Tree. After the death of his mother, however, Ethan hasn't much faith in his ability to be anybody's hero, but when his Zeppelin-designer father is kidnapped by Coyote to engineer Ragged Rock, he takes up a baseball-bat-sized chunk of the World Tree and joins the cause. Plaiting together elements from Scandinavian and Native American mythology, American legend, and world literature, Pulitzer-winner Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, 2000, etc.), writing for young people for the first time, constructs a uniquely American fantasy peopled by were-animals, sasquatches, giants, and ferishers-fairies who look like nothing so much as 18-inch-high storybook Indians-and fueled by a healthy reverence for the Great American Game. As catcher and slugger for Big Chief Cinquefoil's Traveling Shadowtails All-Star Baseball Club, Ethan is joined by Clam Island teammates Jennifer T. Rideout and Thor Wignutt, and an assortment of otherworldly supporters. Together they barnstorm across the Summerlands until, at Diamond Green, they meet Coyote and his team ofHobbledehoys, for one last, great game. The sprawling, vigorous narrative pulls out all the stops, gleefully reveling in the wonders it produces at every turn, from the magically ever-sunny corner of drizzly Clam Island to the varied denizens of the Summerlands. This raucous, exhilarating, joyful, and, above all, fun offering displays an enormous respect for the tradition of great fantasies that come before it, from Irving, Baum, and Nesbit, to Lewis, Tolkien, and Pullman, while confidently taking its place beside them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616806033
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
  • Publication date: 2/10/2010
  • Pages: 500
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Chabon
MICHAEL CHABON has published several novels including the recent bestsellers The Wonder Boys and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, and Playboy and in a number of anthologies, among them Prize Stories 1999: The O. Henry Awards. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, Ayelet Waldman, also a novelist, and their children.

MICHAEL CHABON has published several novels including the recent bestsellers The Wonder Boys and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, and Playboy and in a number of anthologies, among them Prize Stories 1999: The O. Henry Awards. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, Ayelet Waldman, also a novelist, and their children.

Biography

In 1987, at 24, Michael Chabon was living a graduate student's dream. His masters thesis for the writing program at UC Irvine, a novel called The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, was not only published -- it was published to the tune of a $155,000 advance, a six-figure first printing, a movie deal, and a place on the bestseller lists. Mysteries, a coming-of-age story about a man caught between romances with a man on one side, a woman on the other, and the shadow of his gangster father over it all, drew readers with its elegant prose and an irresistibly cool character, Art Bechstein, racing through a long, hot summer.

Following this auspicious debut, Chabon penned a follow-up short story collection, then hit a serious snag. After five years of fits and starts, he abandoned a troublesome work in progress and began work on another novel, a wry, smart book about, natch, an author hoplessly stuck writing his endless, shapeless novel! With 1995's Wonder Boys and its successful film adaptation by Curtis Hanson, Chabon found both critical praise and a wider audience.

In the year 2000, Chabon rose to the challenge of attempting something on a more epic scale. That something was The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, the story of two young, Jewish comic book artists in the 1940s. Like Chabon's other books, it explored a relationship between two men and dealt with their maturation. But unlike his other books, the novel was grander in scope and theme, blending the world of comic books, the impact of World War II, and the lives of his characters. It won a Pulitzer, and secured Chabon's place as an American talent unafraid to paint broad landscapes with minute detail and aching emotion.

Chabon's ability to capture modern angst in funny, intelligently plotted stories has earned him comparisons to everyone from Fitzgerald to DeLillo, but he has fearlessly wandered outside the conventions of the novel to write screenplays, children's books, comics, and pulp adventures. Clearly, Michael Chabon views his highly praised talent as a story that hasn't yet reached its climax.

Good To Know

Chabon usually writes from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

He has a side interest in television writing, having written a pilot for CBS (House of Gold) that did not get picked up, and a second one for TNT.

Chabon also has an interest in screenwriting; he was attached to X-Men but dropped from the project when director Bryan Singer signed on. Now he is adapting The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay for the big screen.

After slaving for five years on a book called Fountain City (parts of which can be read on his web site), Chabon finally decided it was not going to jell and abandoned it. At a low point, he switched gears and began Wonder Boys, the story (of course) of an author hopelessly stuck writing his endless, shapeless novel.

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    1. Hometown:
      Berkeley, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 24, 1963
    2. Place of Birth:
      Washington, D.C.
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Pittsburgh; M.F.A., University of California at Irvine
    2. Website:

Table of Contents

First Base
1 The Worst Ballplayer in the History of Clam Island, Washington 3
2 A Hot Prospect 36
3 A Whistled-up Wind 61
4 The Middling 98
5 Escape 124
Second Base
6 Thor's Crossing 153
7 The Eighteenth Giant Brother 163
8 Taffy 172
9 A Game of Catch 180
10 Mr. Feld in the Winterlands 202
11 The Herald 228
12 The Royal Traitor 236
13 The Housebreakers of Dandelion Hill 251
14 A Mother's Tears 263
15 Grim 273
16 A Rat in the Walls 292
17 The Research of Mr. Feld 302
18 On Three Reubens Field 310
Third Base
19 The Lost Camps 329
20 Rancho Encantado 365
21 Jennifer T. and the Wormhole 381
22 The Bottom-Cat 402
23 The Conquest of Outlandishton 416
24 Applelawn 429
25 A Game of Worlds 455
Home
Epilogue: Life, the World, and Baseball, in the Days After the Flood 477
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    Good book

    Great book I read this already but it was so good i bought it again on my nook
    Only bad thing is that its very long but i think its worth it

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  • Posted November 10, 2009

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    A brand new twist to fairy tales

    Summerland is an amazing story filled with borrowed folklore concepts and history. The switching narratives and entwined story lines are just amazing- this is the kind of book you want to read and reread through your life. Each time you can find something else, some small joke or metaphor. Read the book- it's long but so worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2009

    Summerland

    Four different universes, sprouting off from the same tree of life, each one connected in rare places, where baseball rules all. In the book Summerland, Michael Chabon creates a magical world, showing you there may be more to life than you think. Summerland is a world that can only be accessed by "Changelings", are creatures that are a cross between humans and another creature, like werefoxes, werewolves, etc. A certain spot on Clam Island is where the story begins, the home of Ethan Feld, is unlike the rest of the island. On the rest of the island it rains almost constantly, but this place is connected to the Summerlands by what is called a gall, a place where two branches of the tree of life cross. Because of this there is almost no rain and the weather is always perfect. There are even magical creatures called Ferishers only reveal themselves to those who already believe in them. In this amazing story Ethan Feld is the chosen one, but chosen for what? Even he himself is not sure. But will he be able to stop the evil Coyote's plan to destroy the entire universe? And not just ours, all four of them.

    Ethan Feld, is the main character of the story, and not exactly a baseball fanatic. Ethan tends to be unsure of himself, terrible at baseball, and he eventually becomes the catcher of the team (though usually put in right field). He is eleven years old. Jennifer T, on the other hand, is obsessed with baseball, she is a star pitcher and is determined to have their team win at least one game this year, as the story progresses Ethan and Jennifer become better friends. finding they have more in common than they thought. Thor is a tall kid, bigger than all of the people on his team, though he's not that great at baseball. Thor believes that he is a synthetic human, saying information is stored in his "database". Thor is confused, not acting human and yet it's impossible for him to be anything else, he is too tall to be a ferisher and he doesn't look like a changeling.

    Summerland is an amazing and magical book. This book kept me wanting more with its clever plot twists and the questions it made me ask. I recommend this book to anyone to anyone who enjoys fantasy. I liked this book because it turned baseball into a magical thing that shaped the universe, something more than a sport. I also liked it because it's filled with excitement and action with lots of baseball in-between. I'm sure you'll enjoy this book as much as I did, pick it up at your local bookstore TODAY!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2008

    Summerland review

    Summer-land<BR/>Michael Chabon<BR/>Hyperion Books<BR/>Realistic and fantasy<BR/><BR/> Have you ever wondered if there is another world that is full of magic, adventure, and baseball? In the book Summer-land, by Michael Chabon, you will go to another world and play baseball, have tons of adventures, and even see a little magic. Ethan Feld is taken into a magical place called the Middling. One day, he races home from his friend, Jennifer T's., house and sees that his father is captured. He has to go into the Middling with his friends and save his dad. On top of getting his dad back, he has to save the world from ending by the evil Coyote. Will Ethan save his dad and save the world?<BR/><BR/> If you look at Ethan Feld, you will see that he is an average kid like you and me. At the beginning of the book, Ethan does not like baseball because he couldn't hit or catch the ball. Then he decided to try being the catcher which ended up working out fine. Ethan is a static protagonist and a primary character of the story. He is on a mission to save his dad with the help of his friends, Jennifer T., Taffy, Thor, Grim the Giant, Spider-Rose, and Cinquefoil (secondary characters). Ethan's father, Mr. Bruce Feld, just like Ethan, is an average man and he loves to work on experiments. Once he starts an experiment, he can not stop working and he tells himself that since he is so close, he should finish the experiment. Mr. Feld is taken to the Winter-lands and has to do an experiment for Coyote. Mr. Feld, just like Ethan, is a static protagonist and primary character. Now Coyote, on the other hand, is a dynamic antagonist and primary character. Even though you may see Coyote as a man, you also may see him as some other human/animal form. He is a very mean, bossy, and rude person or thing and get this, he wants to end the world just because he does not like how it looks and how it is today.<BR/><BR/> Summer-land is a fascinating book to read and I recommend you to read it. When I first picked up the book, the cover caught my eye. Right there I said to myself that this book held lots of mysteries and adventures. I immediately picked it up, started reading, and couldn't stop. As I was reading along, I said to myself that there were a lot of mysteries and adventures. What surprised me was that sometimes I could not put the book down and do something else. I also found out that it was about a sport, baseball, and if you know me you know that I love sports. Plus, along the way of the characters journey, I met some new characters. Those people are pretty fascinating I would say. On a scale of 1-5, I would give this book a 5. I hope you read this book and like it as much as I did!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2008

    A Good Read

    I believe that Summerland is a good read on a dull day. It's totally engrossing, although if you read Madeleine L'Engle's 'A Wrinkle in Time', you will see that it's plot is almost exactly the same as 'A Wrinkle in Time'. Overall, Summerland is very enlightening and opens new thoughts about the world. Wethere you like books or not, I'm pretty sure you'll like Summerland. Baseball fans will ¢¾ this book as well, since Summerland is about a boy, Ethan, and his friends Thor and Jennifer T. trying to save the world- and a few friends along the way by baseball.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2007

    ugh

    Personally, I thought the book was terrible. The plot was boring and confusing with too many one-sided characters, and events that had absolutely no effect on the outcome of the story. I also enjoy baseball, and that did not change my ideas of the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2007

    Boooooring

    This book was really boring and hard to follow. It did'nt hold my attention past the second chapter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2004

    HORRIBLE

    I'm sorry, but this book wasn't that fun to read. I forced myself to read it for school, and that was a big mistake. It's not captivating, it's boring, and I FELL ASLEEP reading it! Please do not ad this to your collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2002

    Move Over, Harry Potter, Ethan Feld is Here!

    Knowing little about baseball, I was initially hesitant to buy this novel, but, after reading the first page, I was hooked. The writing is flawless, the characters are engaging, and the story flows seemlessly. What a terrific hero tale this is, with its baseball playing fairies and its oracular clam! Run! Get yourself a copy and read it out loud to everyone you know!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Read the book

    i reallly think summerland is a great book. Michael Chabon did a great job on it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Havent read it yet

    Illreview on it when i get it

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  • Posted May 27, 2009

    Amanda Shepphard's Review

    Book Review Outline
    Book title and author: Summerland by Michael Chabon
    Title of review:
    Number of stars (1 to 5): 3

    Introduction
    This book is about a magical place called Summerland where the local Little League gathers to play baseball. The ages for this book would be 13 through 18 years old.

    Description and summary of main points
    Michael Chabon is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. His other books include Wonder Boys and the Mysteries of Pittsburgh. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his novelist wife, Ayelet Waldman, and their four children.

    Evaluation
    Summerland is a magical place, where the local Little League gathers to play baseball on a perfectly manicured lawn, and the sun is always shining in a flawless blue sky. However, the small beings known as ferishers, who ensure this perfect weather, are threatened by an ancient enemy and need a hero- a baseball star, in fact-to vanquish their foe.


    Conclusion
    In conclusion this book is good for kids ages 13 trough 18 years old. And I thought it was a really good book and I would recommend it to anyone between the ages of 13 and 18. And if you get a chance to read this book you should because it is really great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2009

    Summerland

    For my fantasy book that had to be chosen, I decided to read "Summerland". In this story an 11 year old boy named Ethan will use his strength and courage to not give up and let the world down. A lot of people are counting on he and his friends that he meets along the way to help save the world in 9 innings of a special game. This special game is just like a baseball game, except for the fact that your not always playing baseball. In a baseball game almost everyone wants to win. This is what it is like in the book. Coyote and his team want to end the world but Ethan and his team want to prevent that. The young boy, Ethan Feld, will learn to defeat monsters or creatures and save his father from the evil Coyote. To do this, Ethan has to learn to make a ship for him and his team. He will use this special ship to travel to different places. It will take a long time to travel to places like Diamond Green, for example and finally reach Winterland. Will Ethan Feld ever be able to save the world? In "Summerland", there are some positives and negatives. On the positive side I like how the book inspired me to help when things go wrong and it brings me into another world where I can think differently than our real world. Also, I like how the characters are inspirational and how the author made them so creative. What I don't enjoy about "Summerland" is that there are so many characters in this novel that it is hard to recognize or know them all. The author also makes it a bit confusing how many events take place at the same time and also how there are many confusing words or phrases. Finally, I didn't like how the book didn't always grab me and make me want to keep reading. That's why I wouldn't really recommend this book to someone like me. If you like adventures then you should try this book. The author's writing style in this novel is not always that clear to me and uses hard words with long, complex sentences. The author uses lots of details and senses, such as smell, see, or here. He also gives a looser, casual tone. Some other stories similar to "Summerland" are "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" and "Wonder Boys." This book is a very creative one and it makes you feel out of this world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2006

    SOOO AWESOME

    this book is sooo totaly awesome!! Michael chabon uses so much elaborating detail im writing a report on it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2005

    A really good read!!

    Michael Chabon has a wonderful imagination. He makes you feel like you are in the story. You can relate to so many of the characters, they are all so life like. The book takes you in and out of different worlds. If you like magic and creatures that are very strange this is the book for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2005

    An Enchanting Baseball tale

    Baseball is America¿s pastime and a game loved by many devoted fans. Ethan Feld is not one of those people. Every at-bat is another begging for a walk. His baseball obsessed father tries to encourage him but Ethan has no love for the game, or does he? One morning, Ethan wakes up to find a fox-like creature on his stomach. This ¿shadowtail¿ takes him to the Summerlands, one of the four worlds on the lodgepole, a tree that holds them all up. All of the creatures in these lands are obsessed with baseball, and they play as often as possible. Ethan brings along his two friends, Thor and Jennifer T. Jennifer has a true obsession for the game and can throw some heat on the ball. Thor is the unique one of the trio. He is always speaking in scientific terms and claims that he is from another planet. We soon find out that he is not human at all, but a changeling, a unique creature in the Summerlands. The nemesis, Coyote wants to destroy the universe and end life for all eternity, with the help of Ethan¿s captured father, Bruce Feld. Ethan and his friends Thor and Jennifer T. are the only ones that can stop his tormenting conquest and save his father. Michael Chabon brings a mature approach to a classic hero versus villain novel. I was brought into a world of mystical creatures and endless games of baseball. This book gave me a whole new look on baseball and how life progresses. The first 100 pages were a bit slow, but after that I became much more content. Soon conflicts arose that puzzled me, as well as fantasy theories that dazzled my brain. One theory that interests me is that the creatures can perform magic using ¿Grammers.¿ It is a kind of magic where they only use their brain to do it, and they don¿t have to say any silly enchantments. They use ¿Grammers to do everything from floating to keeping people bound to them for life. I would recommend this one for teens and adults who are young at heart. This is a terrific fantasy novel and is one of the best I have read. So pick up the bat, and have a ball with this fantastic read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2005

    This was the best book I've ever read!

    This book was simply outstanding, and it isn't only for adults. I really love Chabon, and this was undoubtably the best of his works.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2005

    Delightful!

    Michael Chabon recently dipped into genre (mystery, to be exact) with the less-than-stellar 'The Final Solution,' but this 2001 dive into children's literature produced one of the finest young adult novels in recent memory. What Chabon does so fantastically and with such a gleeful aplomb is write in the thematic and narrative style of Lewis Carroll and C.S. Lewis. This is not your typical, late-20th/early-21st century children's book. It's grammatically complex, dense, psychologically dark, and slow to its payoff (purposefully so, mind you). Chabon doesn't play ball, so to speak, and make this an easy to digest story - he plays it more maturely, and hence the general negativity directed at this book by a plethora of Chabon's fans. It's unconventional in this era of the simplicity of Harry Potter and Lemony Snicket. But, that is to say, horribly, delightfully welcome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2005

    wuts up with comparing everything to harry p.

    hey i havent even started this book but its on my bookshelf and as soon as im done with this im gonna go read it. ya but im not writing about the book, im writing this because i wanted to comment on the fact that everyone compares every single stupid book to harry potter. i admit hp is good but seriously... there are those stupid people out there who keep going oh theres a new harry potter or violet baudelaire is better than hermione or cornelia funke is the german jk rowling. well i just think that is TOTALLY stupid. harry p isnt that great, people reading this probably think im stupid but if u do this, seriously get a life....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2005

    Good... but wierd

    This is a good book, but it is just a bit odd. The whole thing about the sasquatch and the little people was bizarre, but this is a very well written story. Chabon's debut in children's literature was a bit overhyped, but the story is still engaging. Question: why does Chabon write about things like Baseball and comic books so much? Maybe he's just a nostalgic... whatever!

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