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UP A TREE: A Novel

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  4 ratings  ·  4 reviews
“A perfect...Mark Twain-style...Tom and Huck for the 21st century.” - Kirkus Reviews

“True the finest American tradition.” - Kirkus Reviews

“If I’d known it was a full moon that night, I never would have crossed Crane Swamp, pirates or not. It all made sense when we saw that moon.”

The trouble begins for young Ruby Finn Heckler and his best friend Quinn after
Hardcover, 321 pages
Expected publication: February 2nd 2021 by Bogie Road Publishing
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Richard Brock
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
FROM THE AUTHOR: UP A TREE is the forced FBI testimony of a young boy named Ruby Heckler, a hard-scrabble orphan from a tiny town in the Adirondack Mountains who “accidentally” runs away from home and stumbles into the middle of a combustible national conflict. Ruby doesn’t want to be there with the police, telling his “rotten story,” but they’re making him, so he’ll give them exactly what they’re asking for: the truth, the whole truth, so help him God—like it or not. He’s our unfiltered twelve- ...more
Cathy Eades
Dec 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I was intrigued and excited about this book, but I'm afraid to say it wasn't for me. Whilst I understand the Tom Sawyer links I felt that the book was somewhat lost. Firstly I wasn't sure when this was set. It felt like tom sawyer but appeared to be modern, but the characters seemed dated and Ruby's adventures and attitude felt like something out of an 80s children's book.

For me the book lacked substance. This GS happened but there was no real development and the 2 bits walk from o e problem to
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was pure madness!! I couldn't believe how much had happened to our main character in the first quarter of the book! The description I had read was a modern day Huck Fin and that's spot on! Although as you work your way through the story the events got more and more far fetched it was still a fun read. The only thing I'd say was I expected more of an FBI file book - with other people's accounts of the events. Instead it was just Ruby's. Still a fun and quick read!
Breane Ross
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received an arc from netgalley. I don’t normally read these type of books but the cover blurb got me. Glad I took a chance. It’s totally like a mark twain book. Took me back to my younger self. Really enjoyed it and recommend it
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Richard M. Brock is the independent author of Cross Dog Blues (2015) and Up A Tree (February 2, 2021). He maintains 4.7-star average reader review and over 18,000 Facebook followers. “This is storytelling at its best,” says Fortean Times Magazine. And from Kirkus Reviews: “poignant” “heartening” “insightful” “Brock’s prose is a perfect blend of Mark Twain-style color undercut by modern humor.” “Tr ...more

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