The Friday 56

Jan 042013

Hosted @ Freda’s Voice

The Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger

page 56:
Don’t waste your time writing back. I found another place to move to and only 3 people in te world get the address. Your not one of them.


May 15, 1940 Charlie Banks
New York Giants
Polo Grounds, New York

Dear Mr. Banks:
I am a 12-year-old boy and I am dying from malaria. Please hit a home run for me because I don’t think I will be around much longer.

Your friend,
Joey Margolis

Dear Kid:
Last week it was the plague. Now it’s malaria. What do I look – stupid to you? You’re lucky I don’t send somebody over there to tap you on the conk. I am enclosing 1 last picture. Do not write to me again.
Chase. Banks
3d Base

Dear Charlie:
Nobody asked for your damn picture. I never even heard of you before. And you can forget about the home run too. The only reason I needed one was because the bullies who keep beating me up somehow thought you were my best friend and the homer was supposed to keep them from slugging me anymore. Thanks for nothing.

Can I go on a road trip with you?

Your arch enemy,
Joey Nargolis

Dear Joey:
“Somehow” they thought I was your best friend? Where did they hear that from? A Nazi spy? J. Herbert Hoover? Franklin Delano Biscuithead? And didn’t I tell you not to write to me anymore? Go bug DiMaggio.


P.S. And just because there’s a spot open for a bat boy this summer doesn’t mean your going to get it. Even if we ARE chips off the same block. 

  10 Responses to “The Friday 56”

  1. Okay this totaly made me smile. I don’t usually do sports books or “coming of age” novels, but I may have to pick this one up.

  2. That made me laugh….someone is angry!

  3. What a unique story this must be! Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

  4. This sounds good. Great 56!

  5. Sounds hilarious, I’ll be checking it out.

  6. Whoa! Not very nice… lol

  7. hehe…this sounds like an awesome read…made me smile too! I had to stare at the cover for a minute to work out what it was though lol 🙂 Awesome Friday 56!

  8. Is the whole book this way? Because I LOVED THIS!!!

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