Calico Joe - John Grisham

Calico Joe

By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2012-04-10
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 2,327 Ratings


“Grisham knocks it out of the park.”—The Washington Post
It’s the summer of 1973, and Joe Castle is the boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone has ever seen. The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas, dazzles Chicago Cubs fans as he hits home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shatters all rookie records. Calico Joe quickly becomes the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul Tracey, the young son of a hard-partying and hard-throwing New York Mets pitcher. On the day that Warren Tracey finally faces Calico Joe, Paul is in the stands, rooting for his idol but also for his dad. Then Warren throws a fastball that will change their lives forever.
“An enjoyable, heartwarming read that’s not just for baseball fans.”—USA Today
“Grisham has hit a home run. . . . Calico Joe is a great read, a lyrical ode to baseball, small-town America, youthful innocence and a young boy’s search for heroes.”—The Buffalo News
“[A] pleasure . . . Suffice to say [Grisham] knows his way around the ballpark as well as he does a courtroom.”—The Washington Times

Includes an excerpt of John Grisham’s The Racketeer


  • Calico Joe

    By Hbacjet
    A very tedious, bitter story filled with statistics, names and dates. Subpar for Grishom.
  • Calico Joe

    By Dizy7
    Grisham is an easy to read author who in his early days had a story to tell but no longer.He just phones it in.
  • great book

    By big mitch0292
    I love John Grishams books especially when he goes in to a sports theme. can't wait for his next sports based book. I have been reading his books since his very first book
  • JG and sports fiction

    By Up late 7/19/13
    Being Jg's third book of sports fiction that I have read, I must say I would just prefer he give up writing everything else. Don't get me wrong, I have read or listened to just about every book he has published, but I get much more enjoyment out of his sports novels, even though they are not as well written.
  • Good read

    By Aubie Fan
    This book was a good read.
  • Calico Joe---in search of closure

    By Near death
    Wow! This is not Grisham at his greatest fast action packed self. It's Grisham at his deadliest. He is so good at details that you keep hoping that this book isn't taking you where you are sure he is going! Unfortunately, what should have been a chapter becomes an entire book? Yes folks this is even deadlier that the game of baseball and golf, and did I mention slower
  • Best book ever!!!!!!!

    By Apedrero
    This book was the first book I've ever read from John Grisham. Ever since then I only like to read book from this author. I read the series Theodore Boone and I am waiting for the fourth one to come out. Right now I reading Bleachers and so far it has been good. John Grisham is the best author in my opinion and I hope to read more books from this author.
  • Wonderful story. All baseball fans should read it.

    By Namonam2
    John Grisham is a wonderful story teller. Taking his obvious love for baseball and mixing in the father son story is great. I was afraid it would be too cheesy but its not. It's truthful and pure. If you liked Bleachers and Playing for Pizza then get this book!
  • Fast quick great easy read

    By tmsouza
    Awesome book... Fast easy reading luv it
  • Calico Joe

    By Carl Silvestri
    Another great story from one of America's great stoytellers. Grisham's stories about lawyers and legal stuff have all been fantastic, but it's a nice change to see a novel built around baseball, a father and a son. I couldn't put it down until the end!