Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger
reviewed by Tess
Last Days of Summer is probably one of the most touching books I have ever read. Joey Margolis is a young kid tortured by the neighborhood's resident Germans, in the early 1940's. Because Joey's father doesn't partake in Joey's life, Joey feels a gap where a father should be. Joey begins to write to his idol, New York Giant's 3rd Baseman, Charlie Banks. After getting Charlie's attention, the dynamic duo becomes even closer, until Charlie decides to enlist in the Marines. Joey is very upset, but they continue to write back and fourth.
Although this book is not based on a true story, it is so realistic and detailed, it seems almost like the script to a movie. Because almost all of the writing is styled by letters being sent and received, there is no dialog. There isn't a dull moment throughout the entire book. You become attached to the characters through reading about their perils and their triumphs. Last Days of Summer is must-read for anyone between the ages of 12 and 15.Posted by Arlo at July 21, 2011 07:18 PM