Summerland

Summerland

A Novel

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From the Pulitzer Prize winning Michael Chabon comes this bestselling novel for readers of all ages that blends fantasy and folklore with that most American coming-of-age ritual: baseball--now in a new edition, with an original introduction by the author.

Ethan Feld is having a terrible summer: his father has moved them to Clam Island, Washington, where Ethan has quickly established himself as the least gifted baseball player the island has ever seen. Ethan's luck begins to change, however, when a mysterious baseball scout named Ringfinger Brown and a seven-hundred-and-sixty-five-year-old werefox enter his life, dragging Ethan into another world called the Summerlands. But this beautiful, winter-less place is facing destruction at the hands of the villainous Coyote, and it has been prophesized that only Ethan can save it. 

In this cherished modern classic, the New York Times bestselling, Pulitzer Prize winning author brings his masterful storytelling, dexterous plotting, and singularly envisioned characters to a coming-of-age novel for readers of all ages.

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2016
Edition: First Harper Perennial edition
ISBN: 9780062418081
Branch Call Number: CHAB
Characteristics: 496 pages ; 21 cm

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avocadotree
Apr 17, 2019

Nice book but the introduction is stupid. Save your life story for your memoirs. Wanted to read a novel not hear about your wife and kids.

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RockHeron
Aug 17, 2013

Sadly, I never read this book the first several times I encountered it because I judged it by its cover. I assumed that it was either (1) a bland, ordinary story about a boy who spends his summer discovering how much he likes to play baseball or (2) a ridiculous story about a baseball-loving boy and his friends who go on silly adventures in a flying bathtub. It is neither, and the cover has little to do with the story. Instead, Summerland is an engaging blend of Norse mythology, American tall tales and folklore, Native American mythology, and baseball. Also, it is partially set on a fictional island in the South Puget Sound area. Oh, and it actually IS about a boy who spends his summer discovering how much he likes to play baseball. Only, "bland" and "ordinary" are two words that do not apply to Summerland at all.

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ml2001
May 23, 2011

May take a long time to read but is worth it. A whole crew of creatures playing baseball to save the worlds. Page turning suspense and fantasy. Great book!

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erhulaura
Dec 03, 2010

I loved this book. 2 11 yr olds, plus an assortment of magical creatures of various species have to save all existance by playing baseball, a game which apparantly is known and appreciated in all the worlds.

Very engaging and a really interesting mixture of Norse and Native American myths.

Also the children are from the PNW on a small nonexistant island near Whidbey.

Lots of humor and bravery, courage and loyal friends.

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kalio
Jun 09, 2009

Ethan Feld plays Little League baseball at the Summerlands, a little peninsula of land where the weather is perfectly idyllic year-round (though Ethan?s game doesn?t match the climate?he holds the team record for most errors and fewest hits). The Summerlands also provides a link between our world and other worlds, and it is through this path that the trickster Coyote creeps to kidnap Ethan?s inventor father. Much to Ethan?s surprise, he is recruited by the Ferishers, the fairy-like tribe of baseball-loving beings who dwell secretly in the Summerlands, to be their own personal hero and save them from Coyote?s schemes. Ethan collects a motley crew of companions along the way--including a wise werefox, a lonely Sasquatch, and his teammates Jennifer T. and Thor Wignutt--and ends up playing the game of his life against Coyote?s band of ghouls. More is at stake than the Ferishers? right to their homeland or even Mr. Feld?s life. The fate of the world rests in the baseball bat and glove of young Ethan, worst baseball player in the history of the game. An imaginative, complex fantasy full of magical lands and otherworldly creatures, Summerland is a story for all ages from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Summerland is infused with adventure, challenging and entertaining themes, American mythology, and above all, the grand game of baseball.

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