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A King in a Court of Fools
     

A King in a Court of Fools

5.0 11
by Larry Enright
 
Genre: Humorous fiction, coming of age, nostalgia
Age: Appropriate for ages 10 and up

King in a Court of Fools begins with a book - The Book of Tom - a journal writing assignment from Tom Ryan's sixth-grade teacher, Sister Jeanne Lorette. That's what she called it. Tom called it punishment. In it, he chronicles the adventures of the Caswell Gang, a group

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Genre: Humorous fiction, coming of age, nostalgia
Age: Appropriate for ages 10 and up

King in a Court of Fools begins with a book - The Book of Tom - a journal writing assignment from Tom Ryan's sixth-grade teacher, Sister Jeanne Lorette. That's what she called it. Tom called it punishment. In it, he chronicles the adventures of the Caswell Gang, a group of siblings and friends with two things in common - their love of adventure and their allegiance to Tom, their king.

The 1950s book was misplaced a long time ago, and all the children have since grown up, but Harry, Tom's youngest brother, still remembers it and retells for us one of its stories in a nostalgic, heartwarming, and humorous way that will have you wishing for adventure, too.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983940302
Publisher:
Lawrence P. Enright
Publication date:
08/21/2011
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

Meet the Author

Larry Enright was born to Irish Catholic first-generation immigrants and raised in Pittsburgh. After college, he moved to the Philadelphia area where for the past 40 years he has filled his life with many careers including musician, teacher, programmer, researcher, and writer. He has written three other novels, including the best-selling Four Years from Home.

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A King in a Court of Fools 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
SkyMurphy More than 1 year ago
The thing about this book is, it is so charming and innocent that you almost miss that it is chock full of life lessons and statements about the cloudiness of right and wrong as seen through a boy's eyes. Harry Ryan is a little gem of a boy who tells us about his older brother Tom. And though Tom is not quite the gem Harry is, he always shines through as the complex little hero of this story. This is one I'll remember and reread.
GarrettCarson More than 1 year ago
This book is such an easy and fun read. I found myself halfway thru before I realized it. It brings back memories of things that aren't around anymore and that younger people have never seen and ties them together with a little mystery that's a nice neat package. Well done.
ArnieGibbs More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful book set in the 1950s when things were so different, yet so much the same. Kids are kids, friends are friends, and funny is funny. This is such a nostalgic, heartwarming and funny book and can be read and enjoyed by a sixth graders or an adult and enjoyed on many levels. I loved it.
DwayneR More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a group of children, but it's not really a childrens book. It's a nostalgia piece and has some really funny parts and overall just a fantastic read. Easy, light, warm, it's a real feel-good book. It would make a really good movie.
SaltPeterson More than 1 year ago
We used to call it the good old days, before Internet and Cell phones and the high speed world of today. People nowadays tend to think that they weren't so good, just old. Well, this little story is just so real and vivid a retelling of things as they were for kids in the fifties that I think everyone should take a couple hours and settle in with this book and see how it really was back when things were a lot simpler and life was a real treat. I'm hoping there will be more of these little adventures.
DennyFerguson More than 1 year ago
Like the little Rascals, these kids go from one misadventure to another trying to figure out an adult mystery. What a fun book, and the nostalgia is just so well put together. Great read.
MaryPEarly More than 1 year ago
I followed this story when it was published as a weekly serial, and every week I looked forward to the next little episode (chapter). Each chapter is built around a bit of nostalgia (such as Isaly's or the drive-in or the Saturday matinee) and provides a really entertaining backdrop for the overall story which is a bit of a mystery that the kids must solve. Although this is a story about kids, I think it is more a story for adults. As other reviewers have written, it is heartwarming, charming, innocent, and just plain fun, and reminds us of how simple life was back then, and makes me wonder why it can't be like that again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like a story with background and this one has plenty of that. From the vivid description of Isaly¿s Dairy Store, to the Saturday Matinee, to the Drive-In Movie, a picture is painted of life in the 50¿s that is both captivating and endearing. Very funny and nostalgic, this is one I¿d read for myself and to my children, if only I had children.
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KevinClymer More than 1 year ago
I laughed and laughed at the funny kid situations in this book. It's not my time period but I also enjoyed the 1950's settings and the feel for the times that the book gave me. Outstanding piece of humor, nostalgia, and fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago