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The Kid Comes Back [Kindle Edition]

John R. Tunis
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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.

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“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
  • ASIN: B005BTJUPG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,942 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
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read December 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was a little skeptical about this book at first; I'm not into sports and I was worried that the book would be bogged down with a bunch of baseball references. It was just the opposite. The main character Roy Tucker serves in France during WW2 and story chronicles his journey from being in the Army to being a civilian again and his experience being a professional baseball player and having to re-familiarizing himself mentally and physically with the game.

This book is definitely a good read, perfect for boys or anyone looking for and inspirational story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh My!This is good. June 5, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This Is My FAVORITE book of all time!This is the Story:
It's about Roy Tucker.He crashes in a plane,and hurts his leg.
I'm not gonna tell you anymore.Just buy it to find out.Plain and simple.
BUY IT!
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