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Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.

I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts. That combo made Hard Case Crime the perfect venue for this book, which is one of my favorites. I also loved the paperbacks I grew up with as a kid, and for that reason, we're going to hold off on e-publishing this one for the time being. Joyland will be coming out in paperback, and folks who want to read it will have to buy the actual book. - Stephen King

Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Hard Case Crime
Published: 06/04/2013
Pages: 283
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.55lbs
Size: 8.20h x 5.20w x 0.80d
ISBN: 9781781162644

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 5.2
Point Value: 12
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 162341 / Joyland

Award: Anthony Awards - Nominee
Award: Edgar Allan Poe Awards - Nominee

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 04/08/2013
Library Journal 05/01/2013 pg. 74
Booklist 05/01/2013 pg. 31
Entertainment Weekly 05/31/2013 pg. 138
New York Times Book Review 06/23/2013 pg. 10
Kirkus Reviews 11/15/2013
Kirkus Best Fiction 11/15/2013 pg. 22

About the Author
Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 50 books and has become one of the world's most successful writers.

Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.
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