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Following My Own Footsteps (Gordy Smith #2)
by Mary Downing Hahn (Goodreads Author)
When Gordy Smith and his down-and-out family go to live with his rich grandmother, Gordy brings with him all the hostilities of an abused child whose drunken father has beaten him regularly. His no-nonsense grandmother and his friendship with a boy who uses a wheelchair change his perspective and life. The author, Mary Downing Hahn is a former children''s librarian.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by HarperTrophy
(first published 1996)
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Apr 22, 2015 Myles rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Three cheers for Recycling! My town's recycling center has an area for books to be dropped off and this weekend there was a motherlode of goodies. Some of the boxes, to my surprise, were discarded volumes from my elementary school library. I restricted myself to a few (or 11), but so far the most pleasant surprise has been rediscovering Following My Own Footsteps. The fact that this is the very copy I held in my hands sometime in the 1997-98 school year is just icing on the cake.
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I really liked this book because of the way Mary Downing Hahn portrayed Gordy, the main character to be. She really showed that even the toughest kid has feelings, and can have a kind heart. If you enjoy historical fiction, and juvenile fiction, you will really like this book. It takes place during world war two, and helps picture what life was like for american kids during this time of war.
I gave this book three stars because I thought it wasn't that good but it was okay. It was something that I probably wouldn't want to read again but it did tell me a little bit about the holocaust and that is what made me want to read it. I am very interested in why the holocaust even happened. How could you torture someone of your own kind so much? I would never be able to do that. When you torture someone like that it changes peoples views and how they act around you. If you act bad to someone ...more
[I wanted to say thanks to my friend Valerie for giving me this book. When this book was given to me by her, I was instantly drawn to read it. I was in love with this book (and I still am), even after I finished it.] This book is about a boy named Gordy Smith and his family when they have ton move away from College Hill, their hometown, to live with their grandma after their father was arrested. When he is there, he is a big trouble-maker, as usual, but ends up making friends with their neighbo ...more
This is the sequel to the Stepping on the Cracks book. Due to his family troubles, he and his sister moved in with his rich grandmother. Though feeling down, Gordy made friends with a boy in a wheelchair next door to his grandma's house. His friendship with the wheelchair boy changed his perspective on life. I recommend this book because this book shows how being friends with anyone doesn't matter as long as they are good friends.
The book about child abuse the father is arrested and they run away and live with there grandma and one of the kids Gordy is being mean and grandma talk to him and now he does not know if he should stay with his family. The book is good but it not as good as some other books i read but i would give it a try it for everbody.
Feb 16, 2016 LeAnne rated it liked it · review of another edition
Realistic insights into a bully's needs and hopes. Grandma seems to controlling that you an understand why Mom eloped, but eventually you see Grandma as loving and demanding in a way that Gordy needs. Realistic return of brother from war, following in father's footsteps. Uses occasional "hell", but otherwise refers to Gordy's swearing rather than showing it.
This is a great book that deals with the tragedy of men who find pleasure in abusing their children and wives. Looking through the eyes of Gordy who hates his fahter, we see the stupidity of his mother who still loves her husband even though the physical abuse will continue. A great read that opens your eyes and let's you know you got it good.
This is the sequel to "Stepping on the Cracks." It follows the story of a minor character, Gordy, as he goes to live with his grandmother, finally escaping the physical abuse he has endured from his dad his whole life. What a fabbity book! This series may be Mary Downing Hahn's best.
Sep 17, 2007 Lakendra added it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: watch out from your friends.
That hitlers got a couple of the boys friends, just like him. like he changed his friends to be like him. and now they all have to watch out. and some more stuff about the book it's just been a long time since i read this book.
What i liked about this book is that it shows that people can change. It shows that even the most helpless person can change the person that is tough. I like it becaus the charaters are so realict.And it shows that every one has a soft side. It shows that every one is not helpless
I grew up in a small shingled house down at the end of Guilford Road in College Park, Maryland. Our block was loaded with kids my age. We spent hours outdoors playing "Kick the Can" and "Mother, May I" as well as cowboy and outlaw games that usually ended in quarrels about who shot whom. In the summer, we went on day long expeditions into forbidden territory -- the woods on the other side of the t ...moreMore about Mary Downing Hahn...
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