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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 young fan with an overactive imagination. Then again, this strange, needy kid might be exactly what Banks needs.

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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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Judyth, April 20, 2013 (view all comments by Judyth)
~4.5/5
[This review is also available on my blog.]

First of all, I love Steve Kluger. He only has, I believe, four novels out, and I’ve only read one other, but I love that one (even more than this one), and that’s enough for me. It took me forever to get to this book, but it was fantastic. I have another book of his, and I don’t doubt that it will also be very good.

I don’t think I want to spoil anything from this book, and my main message is: “Go read this. Right now. It’s amazing.” But I do want to talk about it a little, so…

This is set in the 1940’s, in America, during WWII, when Franklin D. Roosevelt was President. It’s told in letters and recorded dialogue and grades and all other formats of not straight-up narrative voice (aside from the prologue and epilogue). Kluger does this with all of his novels, I believe, and he does it amazingly well. He knows his characters, and so it’s easy to get a good sense of who they are.

This book is sweet and funny (very funny) and witty and sad. Joey, a kid growing up in Brooklyn, has a big mouth, never stops talking, can come up with stories at the drop of a hat (usually fake, but not always); he sends letters and gets responses from the President and his assistant, and then starts harassing Charlie Banks, a famous baseball player, via letters. Charlie, at first, tries to get the annoying kid to leave him alone, but quickly ends up being a stand-in father to him. They’re the main characters, but there’s also Charlie’s girlfriend Hazel, who is awesome, and Joey’s Japanese best friend Craig. Then there’s Joey’s mother and aunt and absentee father. Those are the main characters, but there’s also mention of Joey’s teachers, and Charlie’s friends. And they all have very distinct personalities and voices and you can’t help but love them all.

This book is simply amazing. The writing, the characters, the rapid and witty dialogue… Just go read this book, okay?
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ISBN:
9780061564819
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Kluger, Steve
Author:
by Steve Kluger
Author:
Aliki
Author:
Naslund, Sena Jeter
Publisher:
William Morrow Paperbacks
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Baseball players
Subject:
Boys
Subject:
Male friendship
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Humor : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20080603
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from K to 5
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7.96x5.32x.93 in. .70 lbs.
Age Level:
from 5 to 10

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