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This book is a treasure trove of nostalgic period and place detail. It is the story of a family and the authentic activities and emotions of a 12 year old boy growing up during the great depression. I was involved like a tractor beam. It was a fast read and a joyful one. Everything takes place in a single day. Easy to recommend this book.
This was one of my all-time favorite books as a kid. I recently found my falling-apart, coverless copy that hadn't seen the light of day in more than 30 years, and read it again for probably the 10th time. I grew up in the leafy suburbs of New Jersey, but for some reason this book really spoke to me, then and now. It takes place over the course of one scorching summer day in Brownsville, Brooklyn at the height of the Great Depression. The hero is Albert Abrams, age 12, the smartest kid in his sc...more
No matter who you is, or who you are, I recommend this book. It's got a definitely Mark Twain quality to it. It feels real. Honest. Heartbreaking at times. For maximum enjoyment I recommend reading it at the height of summertime, when the city and the heat become too much for any sane person to bear. Since it might be forever before I think to do a separate review, I'll tell you right here this book made me think back fondly on Be True to Your School by Bob Green. It's got that same teenage inno...more
Green attended Columbia College, where he edited the Jester, starred in several Varsity Shows, and was a member of the Philolexian Society. He graduated from the college in 1942 and, after serving in the US Army in Europe during the Second World War, where he was also the editor of the army's Stars and Stripes newspaper, he returned to New York to attend the Columbia Journalism School.More about Gerald Green...