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Follow Me, Boys!

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  28 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
MacKinlay Kantor has woven a compelling, appealing novel about the life of a simple American man who held in his care the destinies of hundreds of boys. With rare insight and sympathy, MacKinlay Kantor has created the memorable Lem Siddons, who gave forty years of his wisdom, the fund of his laughter, the knowledgable touch, the sweetness and love that were his, to generat ...more
Paperback, Movie tie-In cover, 123 pages
Published 1966 by Tempo Books (first published 1954)
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Well, I'm not going to go into detail with this book, because there isn't much to say. I finished it for the most part, but didn't quite make it to the end. A sleeper, I guess would be it's best definition.
"Follow Me, Boys!" (1966) is one of my very favorite movies and was "based" on this book. Do realize I use that word very loosely. How on earth they could have made such a gem of a film out of such a drab book is beyond my imagination. Having your main boy scout character named Creamy indicat
Mar 22, 2009 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a very warm story of a man who is devoted to boys in his town and serves as their scout leader for 40 years. It traces the lives of many of the boys that he guided.
Jan 26, 2009 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x2006-7-season
A must read for teachers
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Nov 10, 2014 David Ward rated it liked it
Follow Me, Boys! by MacKinlay Kantor (Tempo Books 1966) (Fiction). This is a fictional account of the story of Lem Siddons, forty years the Boy Scoutmaster in a small town. This is the account of his service to the young men in his community; it was made into a hilarious film which starred Fred McMurray as the hapless scout leader and the boys whose lives he impacted. My rating: 7/10, finished 1970.
Mar 10, 2011 Cami rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful armchair read. The front cover review says "here is a book tht will take you an evening to read and a lifetime to forget." Pretty much sums it up. Short quick book with a lovely story. Ike described it as sailing on a nice calm blue sea, instead of sailing into gale.
This is the book the movie "Follow Me, Boys" is taken from.
Aug 20, 2008 Bert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Scouts, Scout Leaders and former Boy Scouts
This book was the basis for the 1966 Disney movie, "Follow Me Boys" starring Fred MacMurray. Probably the best movie ever made about scouting.
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Benjamin McKinlay Kantor, was an American journalist, novelist and screenwriter. He wrote more than 30 novels, several set during the American Civil War, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1956 for his 1955 novel Andersonville

Kantor was born in Webster City, Iowa, in 1904. His mother, a journalist, encouraged Kantor to develop his writing style. Kantor started writing seriously as
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