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Damey & Grandpa Tutor by Larry Webb
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Damey & Grandpa Tutor by Larry Webb is the heartwarming tale of an eleven-year-old boy who with his single-parent mother moves in across the street from Bill Berkley, a retired English teacher of 35 years who knows a good kid when he sees one. And Damarian--Damey--truly is a good kid, well-behaved, a little sensitive, and not at all bothered by the fact that his friendly new neighbor is white. With his mother working and also going to school for her RN degree, and with the upheaval of their recent move out of the public housing projects, however, Damey lately has been getting only "donation D's" in school, so the comfortably well-off retiree volunteers to tutor the youngster over the summer.

What's charming about the tale is the seeming naturalness of it. Never, for example, does the growing friendship across ethnic and economic lines seem forced, or condescending, or a piece of charity work. Bill--or Grandpa Tutor, as he affectionately comes to be known--is simply a good-natured fellow of tact and kindness, and as he teaches with a mixture of book learnin', hands-on life experience, and gentle cajoling, he becomes the first guiding male figure the boy has ever known. Shaundra, Damey's mother, soon looks upon the old man as a father figure as well--certainly more loving and supportive than the biological parents who once kicked out the pregnant sixteen-year-old when she would not have an abortion--and all members of this new family grow with the sense of belonging.

With the help of Bill and his multi-generational brood, new classmate Alex (Alejandro), and the school wrestling coach who begins to court Shaundra, Damey faces challenges aplenty, from minor social misunderstandings to the night in the woods when he uses poison ivy leaves as toilet paper, from a football-broken window to a bully who gets his comeuppance. Yet when Xavier, the surly lout who once abandoned the Shaundra before the birth of her son, breezes back into town, it will take the efforts of all of them, and of new friends as well, to protect the boy from harm.

Larry's Webb's Damey & Grandpa Tutor is a gentle and heartwarming book both for adults and for teens and 'tweens. Although occasionally some punctuational matters could have used a tweak here and there, the novel is readable and enjoyable, and leaves the reader with many a fond smile.

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