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Summerlandby Michael Chabon
I started reading Summerland on a road trip and couldn't put it down. I was hooked from the moment Ethan and a ragtag group of characters including a depressed Sasquatch and the rudest fairy princess you can imagine embark on their quest to rescue Ethan's dad and save the world. Set partly in the Pacific Northwest and partly in fantasyland, Summerland is the funniest, most suspenseful book I've read in recent years. Suitable for ages ten to one hundred.
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Pulitzer Prize-winner Chabon's first young-adult novel starts with poor Ethan Feld stuck in right field, praying the ball doesn't come to him. This is evocative enough for those of us who remember the agony of being a kid who couldn't hit or catch. Then a werefox — a small, furry creature with the tail and body of a fox and the stature of a monkey — appears in Ethan's bedroom and leads him on a rollicking journey to save the magical Summerland from an ancient enemy. It should come as no surprise that Chabon, who won the nation's highest literary prize for a novel about the creators of a comic book and who recently edited McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales, can successfully tap into the breathless phantasmagoria of childhood fantasies. Summerland is a sprawling, funny, exciting, and oddly touching adventure that overflows with Chabon's wit and clever prose. As Neil Gaiman wrote in The Washington Post, Summerland is a "fine tale, well told and with moments of real magic, peril, adventure, terror and triumph, not to mention what is, I am certain, the most delightful sound of a window breaking in all of fiction." Bolton, Powells.com
For over a century, the people of Clam Island, Washington, have enjoyed barbecues and baseball games and Summerland, on the Western tip of the island, where it never rains. The small beings — known as ferishers — who ensure this perfect weather, however, are threatened by an ancient enemy, and need a hero — a baseball star, in fact — to vanquish their foe.
Summerland is the story of Ethan Feld, the worst ball player in the history of the game, recruited by a hundred-year-old scout called Ringfinger Brown, himself a Negro League Legend. Accompanied by his determined friend, Jennifer T. Rideout, and guided by a friendly werefox, Ethan struggles to defeat giants, bat-winged goblins, and one of the toughest ballclubs in the realms of magic, to save all the Summerlands, and ultimately the world.
"Pulitzer Prize winner Chabon hits a high-flying home run, creating a vivid fantasy where baseball is king....Chabon unspools an elaborate yarn in a style that frequently crackles with color and surprise....Devotees of the genre and of America's pastime will find much to cheer here." Publishers Weekly
From the 2001 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction comes the story of a whole new universe--an American version of Middle-earth--with legendary beings, monsters, and mythical creatures, and where the powers of good and evil are engaged in an elaborate battle. Illustrations.
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