An unforgettable novel for children from one of America's greatest living storytellers, SUMMERLAND is about redemption and the true nature of heroism.
Ethan is a young hero on a quest though the strange world of American Faery.
Since baseball is the favourite game of American fairies, or 'ferishers' as the North American Fairy Folk call themselves, this is necessarily a story of baseball, too.
Zeppelins, werefoxes, Indians and Indian mythology, sasquatches, wendigos, Alaska, the haunted 161-year-old husk of George Armstrong Custer, and a boy who thinks he's an android, also figure in the action.
Along the way, the hero and heroine find themselves and each other; a band of ferishers triumphs over their ancient enemy and finally find someone new to play baseball against; a widower's heart will heal as his airship conquers the northern sky; and a burned-out Colombian slugger named Rodrigo Buendia will find redemption in discovering, with Ethan Feld and Jennifer T.
Rideout, the true nature of heroism.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 512 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 31/07/2003
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780007127122
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Review by modelcitizen
It's a fantasy adventure about a boy and his motley bunch of baseball klutzes, out to save a piece of enchanted land. As the entire plot revolves around baseball, it didn't hold much appeal for me, but some may still love it for the universal themes of courage, determination and familial love.