The Book of Ralph: A Novel
All of us need a Ralph in our lives.
Chicago, 1978. Hank Boyd, a solid B+ student, a good kid, wants eighth grade to be his special year. But when Ralph, an oddball troublemaker who ' s been held back twice, gets the idea that he and Hank are pals, Hank's year devolves into an odyssey as frightening as it is hilarious.
John McNally, acclaimed author of Troublemakers, de...more
Then you find yourself a grown-up, after all these odball adventures, and maybe its a little bit hard to believe. Deeply funny, incredibly observation...more
I think basically everybody knew somebody like Ralph growing up. Pretty much everybody knew somebody like a lot of the characters in this book. Even set 30-40 years ago, some things just stay the same with time, and one of those is adolescence - confusion over the opposite sex, a conviction that you must be a pervert because you have a...more
The story centers around a boy named Hank, with most of the story taking place when he is 13 and in 8th grade. He's friends with another 8th grader who is 2 years older and gets into all sorts of trouble and is always scheming on how to make money by extorting kids, or ripping off stores.
Hanks own family is dysfunctional, with an alcoholic father, an unhappy mother, and a depress...more
This is a fantastic read--a real page-turner. Congratulations to John McNally for being a gifted storyteller and for putting this collection together in an interesting and creative manner. He has presented a true time capsule complete with scenery, music, language and costume.
Ralph is the boy we all knew--an attention hound dressed in a flannel shirt, who spent a lot of time in the school hallways on his way to the dean's office. Hank, however, who tells his stories fro...more
this isn't a novel, so muc...more