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The Kid Comes Back [Kindle Edition]

John R. Tunis
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Book Description

Roy Tucker left the Dodgers to become a war hero—and now he’s fighting to get back onto the baseball diamond
Roy Tucker was one of the best prospects the Dodgers had—first as a pitcher, then as an outfielder when he injured the elbow of his throwing arm. Then he went off to serve in World War II, where a plane crash over France left him with pain in his hips and back.
The war is nearly over, and players are starting to return from the front to play ball again. If the Dodgers aim to have any chance at the pennant, the kid from Tomkinsville will have to fight his way back into the game once more.

Editorial Reviews


“Packs an extra quota of excitement and suspense. The slam-bang climax makes just the right finale for a grand baseball-and-adventure yarn.” —The New York Times

About the Author

John R. Tunis (1889–1975) was a novelist and sportswriter best remembered for his series of novels about the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940s and ’50s. Born in Boston, Tunis graduated from Harvard University and then served in the Army during World War I. He began writing sports columns in 1925 and was soon contributing to dozens of publications, including the New Yorker, Reader’s Digest, Esquire, and the Saturday Evening Post. A tennis player himself, Tunis broadcast the first Wimbledon match to air in the United States in 1934.

Product Details

  • File Size: 305 KB
  • Print Length: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Teen & Tween (July 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,204 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars "KID" SURVIVES WWII AND RETURNS TO DODGERS February 2, 2000
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One of the most interesting books in the Tunis series about the Brooklyn Dodgers, "The Kid Comes Back" is very unusual in that it's not really about baseball so much as it is about courage. Roy Tucker ("The Kid From Tomkinsville") serves in the U.S. Army during the Second World War in Europe, where he suffers an injury in battle. This book deals with what he goes through in the war effort, his rehabilitation and his difficult return to major league baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Tunis, who also wrote "Silence Over Dunkirk," is extremely effective at letting younger readers know what WWII was like. He also does a masterful job of painting a word picture of what it was like for veterans to come back to an America that had changed while they were gone. Of all the Tunis books, this (to me) is the best. The "gee whiz" tone of the first four books in the series is subdued, and a very strong storyline carries all the way through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goody January 5, 2013
I will be ordering this from Amazon soon. This is one of my favorite books, along with the prequel, "Kid from Thomkinsville" and I don't like baseball or most sports books that much. I just found the back cover to my copy, lost or seriously misplaced in the numerous moves over the last 40 years.
I'm also a severe Captain America fan and this gives another view of the Greatest Generation at its prime and the most necessary of all wars, WWII, as well as a glimpse of what our troops have to overcome now.
It is the same general era as "The Black Stallion" one of my top favorites, where the train was the usual mode of travel, something I remember from my youth, and sports reporters had a special place in the newspapers and radio.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The book got better with age June 3, 2014
By Jim
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I first read this book as a teenager and was even better than I recalled. The language was 1940ish but even that brought back fond memories of the days I read every John R. Tunis book I could get my hands on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars nostalgia for Dodger fans May 21, 2014
By Monte B
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I first read the "kid from Tomkinsville" series as a youngster growing up within walking distance of Ebbets Field and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Reading this book again in my silver years brought back an avalanche of memories, nostalgic thoughts of afternoons in the bleachers, stickball in the school yard and Popsicle league baseball in the Parade Grounds near Prospect Park. Thoughts about the fellows I played ball with, some of whom becaMe big league ball players. It was a much different time, many ways better, many ways worse than now. This book, like much good literature has the ability to stimulate memories and imagination in a way TV or movies can't, because the images it evokes are distinctly your own, not someone else's interpretation. Not the best written book ever, but one of the most entertaining reads for me personally, in a long time.
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