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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444707477
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444707472
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was also a bestseller. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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Stephen King has been for so long the master of the thick blockbuster horror paperback that it is salutary to be reminded of the quieter writer of shorter, tighter stories that he also is. His new novella could hardly be simpler--a nine-year-old girl, smart and resourceful, gets herself lost in the deep woods when she strays off the path for a moment and struggles to survive with a little food, not especially sensible clothing and a Walkman. One of the threats dogging Trisha is her imagination--she is an smart enough child to know how much trouble she is in and gradually to personify the wasps, and midges and dangerous animals, as a God of the Lost. And that imagination is also her strongest resource--she has a baseball cap signed by the Red Sox pitcher Tom Gordon, which becomes her talisman. This is a story of almost pure sentiment and suspense; King has always had fascinating insight into the minds of children and a command of detail that makes him the ideal writer of certain sorts of shipwreck. The almost minimal material here--a single character, what she has on her, and deep woods--make this one of his most gripping and compulsive tales. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'A compelling battle for survival that you dare not put down' (Daily Mail)

'Moving, gripping. One of his best . . . A literary home run.' (Mirror)

'Utterly compulsive, bears ample witness to King's mastery of his craft' (Mail on Sunday)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 14 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback
Writing from the point of view of a small girl is not an easy task for a middle aged man to achieve, but this is exactly what Stephen King tries to do in `The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon'. To a large extent I think that he actually fails to capture her voice and instead imbues her with too much experience and intelligence. The story itself is a compelling one as the girl in question, Trisha, is lost in the vast expanse of woodlands on the American/Canadian borders. She tries to survive her ordeal by imagining her friends and family as well as the titular Tom Gordon, her favourite baseball star.

The book has a very US centric feel as the baseball aspect dictates - this may put a lot of people off, but in my opinion Tom Gordon could have been just about anyone and the point of the book is not about baseball, but about a young girl trying to concentrate on something to survive. Another element of the book that does not quite work is the supernatural. Trisha drifts in and out of consciousness throughout and hallucinates - or does she? It seems to me that King felt he needed to add `horror' elements to keep with his back catalogue when the tale of a small girl lost is scary enough. The fact is that the supernatural elements of the book are the weakest. Despite my misgivings I could not help but enjoy the book as Trisha was a nice character and the single survival narrative did grip. With some added elements this could have been a great book, as it is, the book is just passable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ellie creenan on 17 Nov. 2013
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Again he hits all of the spots, the most incredible writer...an honour to read such amazing words as always.
Keeps you turning the page in true King style throughout the night and into the earliest of hours, everything fades away when you start one of his stories.
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i admit, i was only about 12/13 years old when i read this book for the first time, and it was the first 'adult' book i ever read-i stole it from my moms shelf because i had read all my books so many times already.
i LOVED it-i could actually really relate to that scared little girl in the woods (i was also a young girl when i read it so, yeah, duh). now that i'm a mamma, i can even, in some ways, relate to Trishas mother-hey, if i was in that situation, i don't know what i would do, okay? and maybe, just maybe, i would want some familiar comfort; maybe the worry would even exhaust me into sleep whether i liked it or not. i hardly think any one can comment on the realism of the events and how someone would react to those events unless that person has actually been through a similar thing, and even then everyone reacts differently.
i can understand why some people don't think this is Kings best work; it is slow at times (that's sometimes known as suspense!), the baseball is annoying (especially when you are a young english girl and have no knowledge of the game; 3 in 1 there) and it could have been written in less words, but really i don't get why people are saying King does a bad job of portraying a young girl etc....i think it worked just fine.
my mom actually told me this book was one of his more 'child-friendly' books, so maybe that is the problem.....anyway, 10 years on and it is still one of my favourite books (ever, not just by King)...i even went so far as to order a new copy a few years ago because i had lost the dust cover from my old one; i took the new dust cover, wrapped it around my old book and gave the new book to charity.
this is, in my opinion, the best King book, especially for young readers, with the exception perhaps of Rose Madder.
if i were ever stuck on a desert island, i would want this book, the Bible and a radio-pure joy (and pure terror!)
I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!!
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Trisha McFarland is a nine-year-old girl who, at the start of the story, is setting out to walk along the Appalachian Trail with her mum and older brother Pete. Following a recent divorce, from her much-loved dad, Pete and their mum argue and bicker a lot and to escape yet another session, Trisha steps off the path, loses her bearing and is suddenly lost in the woods. With only her Walkman for company and a basic knowledge of the wilds, she decides to try and walk back to safety but takes a few wrong turns. This is short for a Stephen King novel, only 223 pages in my edition, but it has as much weight as one of his door-stop tomes. Trisha is a great character, resourceful and funny, listening to her beloved Red Sox (and their relief pitcher Tom Gordon) and doing a great job of staying alive. For the bulk of the book she’s the only character and is so well rounded, so complete, that it’s a pleasure to spend the time with her. King does ramp up the tension - with more wrong turns, illness and the scary sight of the God Of The Lost - but also leavens it with flashbacks to happier times, though as the book progressed I did begin to fear for Trisha’s safety. With a nice insight to the dynamic of a broken family, a strong sense of the father-child bond and a perfectly realised location and atmosphere, this is a cracking read and I very much recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tel on 3 Aug. 2013
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A good read, unlike almost all of his recent, meandering junk. Little girl lost in the woods is the familiar premise, but King makes it work well by keeping it simple with a hunter/hunted storyline containing more realism than usual, along with a hint of strangeness to keep the tale interesting. Maybe he should write more of these shorter, less pretentious tales.
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