Summerland

Summerland

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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.
Publisher: New York : Talk Miramax Books/Hyperion Books for Children, [2002]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780786816156
0786816155
9780786808779
0786808772
Branch Call Number: FICTION CHABO...M
Characteristics: 500 pages ; 22 cm

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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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