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“I swear by everything I ever owned that my adventure will be the honest truth—even if I had to tell a few lies along the way to get to the meaning of that truth.” So promises Tick Cooper, a twelve year old Ohio boy who’s about to accompany his Uncle Ned down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans. It’s the autumn of 1860, right before the election that will send A ...more
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Published October 21st 2017 by Black Opal Books
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Cindy
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A slow-paced coming of age journey well-worth the time it took for me to read! Adventurous, at times frightening, very similar to Huck Finn's adventures. I truly loved Tick, the main character and the morals he stood by. Great read! I loved it!
Michael Hartnett
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Memorable Journey into the Soul of America
In Tick Cooper by John Vance, the reader takes an evocative and unforgettable journey down the Mississippi in November, 1860 – the time when America was at the cusp of Civil War. As told through plain-spoken eloquence of the wide-eyed, fast thinking, rash-acting Tick Cooper, this novel works on many levels: as a rousing adventure, a revealing historical novel, and an astute social commentary on the wild swings of good and evil so prevalent in the Amer
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Greyjoyous
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, americana, reviewed
** I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. **

2.5 stars.

And y'know, I feel bad about that, because there wasn't a heap wrong with this book. It was just a resounding 'meh' from me. If I didn't owe NetGalley a review I would quite probably have put it down and not picked it up again.

The one thing that was wrong with this book was the Kindle formatting. Maybe there are some reviewers that can ignore such things and rise above, but I'm not one of them. Multipl
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SOM
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Set in the fall of 1860, John Vance's TICK COOPER may have a twelve year-old boy as its hero, but the book isn't just for younger readers. If you would like to mix a little historical fiction with your futuristic or dystopian readings, this is the book for you. Through his many adventures on riverboat and on land, Tick learns quite a bit about life and about himself. The many secondary characters are memorable and often hilarious. (Including the appearance of a very famous historical figure, who ...more
Darcy Yarosh
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tick Cooper by John Vance was gifted to me and I wrote this review voluntarily. What a wild adventure Mr. Vance sent us on with Tick! This is a great book that is a must read. Enjoy.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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“I swear by everything I ever owned that my adventure will be the honest truth—even if I had to tell a few lies along the way to get to the meaning of that truth.” So promises Tick Cooper, a twelve year old Ohio boy who’s about to accompany his Uncle Ned down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans.

On the edge of the civil war, John Vance’s Novel, Tick Copper is a memorable read . An exquisitely written ponderous look through the eyes of a 12 year olds protagonist.
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Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the story of Tick Cooper delightful! Written in what seems to be a first person, stream of consciousness style, it evoked memories of reading Mark Twain's wonderful boyhood classics. This story is about Tick's own boyhood adventure on the Mississippi River, which took place immediately prior to Lincoln's investiture and the Civil War during his presidency. Tick struggles to do what he knows is right while those in authority around him give conflicting messages. Appropriate for middle sch ...more
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