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Neil Armstrong is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty ... by Nan Marino
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Oct 23, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: 2009, fiction, historical-fiction, library-books
Read in October, 2009

Tammy has just finished the fifth grade, and a long summer of kickball games and ice cream stretches out before her. In her suburban community, the war in Vietnam seems very far away, even though her college-age brother's best friend is off fighting. Tammy's biggest problem is that her best friend has moved away, and Muscle Man McGinty, the biggest liar she's ever met, has moved in. She's determined to expose him, no matter what anyone says.

The events of the summer of 1969 form the background of this slice-of-life novel for young readers. Characters are realistic, if rather flat, but Tammy's feelings of being misunderstood ring painfully true. A well-written, realistic portrayal of a turbulent time.
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