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The Kid Comes Back
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on February 2, 2000
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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on 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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on June 3, 2014
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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on May 21, 2014
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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on December 12, 2012
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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on November 29, 2014
This book is boring, did not like it, it should really be a book more about the game instead of Roy's injuries.
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on February 25, 2013
All of the Tunis books should be required reading for 5th/6th grade boys
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on June 6, 2004
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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