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Winner of the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award

In his first year in high school, Hubbo O'Driscoll is torn between his poor but fun friends and the shallow but rich kids.

In this novel based on Great Expectations, Brian Doyle does a brilliant job of dealing with the issue of class and all its implications. Poverty, social climbing and the connotations of each are presented through the classic...

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Overview

Winner of the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award

In his first year in high school, Hubbo O'Driscoll is torn between his poor but fun friends and the shallow but rich kids.

In this novel based on Great Expectations, Brian Doyle does a brilliant job of dealing with the issue of class and all its implications. Poverty, social climbing and the connotations of each are presented through the classic Doyle blend of humor and gravity.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7-9-Hulbert "Hubbo" O'Driscoll is a teenaged golf caddy about to start high school. Things are going from bad to worse as he finds true love in the form of Fleurette Featherstone Fitchell and true hate in the form of the elitist Hi-Y club. Life looks fairly grim for this lad, his friends, and his guardian, Mrs. O'Driscoll, but the fortunes are smiling on this hapless orphan, and he is canny enough to nod his head and smile right back. The story takes place in post-World War II Canada where society cruelly draws the lines between rich and poor. Doyle's writing takes star billing in this perfectly crafted, rollicking read. The narrative is colorful, with some delightfully comic moments, and the story and language are completely accessible to teens. The character list at the end with brief Hubboized synopses is a fun way to wrap up this great rags-to-riches tale with a surprising twist at the end.-Lisa Denton, J. S. Russell JHS, Lawrenceville, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554980147
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,094,623
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Brian Doyle is a four-time winner of the Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year for Children Award. His American honors include being selected for the Horn Book's Fanfare List, the ABA "Pick of the Lists" and the New York Public Library's Best Books for the Teen Age. He has also won the NSK Neustadt Prize, the Phoenix Honor Award, and he has been named a finalist for the Hans Christian Anderson Award. He lives in Chelsea, Quebec.
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Table of Contents

1 The World's Worst Golfer 11
2 Drowned in the War 19
3 Fleurette Featherstone Fitchell 23
4 Picnic 29
5 Help Wanted 37
6 Betrayed at the Glebe Collegiate Institute 49
7 Job! 60
8 Light the Light 71
9 Easy Avenue 78
10 Success 85
11 Mysterious Money 94
12 Uppity 106
13 Feel Street 112
14 Sixty-Four Pieces 122
15 Uranus 126
16 A Deal with Doug 134
17 Just Like Something O'Driscoll Would Do 139
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