The Pompey Hollow Book Club

The Pompey Hollow Book Club

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by Jerome Mark Antil
     
 

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Jerry and his friends follow the example of the heros and sacrifice they witnessed in the War. By the time they were ten, half their lives watched a world gone mad kill seventy million people. Well, they heard it on radio - and saw it at the Saturday Morning picture show newsreels. A cross between Tom Sawyer and Hardy Boys, with one important twist. The president

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Jerry and his friends follow the example of the heros and sacrifice they witnessed in the War. By the time they were ten, half their lives watched a world gone mad kill seventy million people. Well, they heard it on radio - and saw it at the Saturday Morning picture show newsreels. A cross between Tom Sawyer and Hardy Boys, with one important twist. The president of their club is a girl, Mary Crane. Marty could throw a ball farrthest and could spell. The book is a treat to the young reader as a first chapter book - to fans of nostalgia with historical memories of the simpler live in rural America in 1949 - 1950. Watch a city boy stumble through the new world of family farms, and first kisses - and mystery.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Reads like a NORMAN ROCKWELL painting" ~ Ron Masak
"I don't cry easily, but I wept three times...laughed more!" Pastor Dan Griffin
"The stories are set in a place I have never been,
and a time in history I didn't live. Yet the narrative of this book is such that I have found myself in that place and time. Definitely a classic!" ~ Maria P.
"This really, for me is the epitome of a book to read on a lazy vacation day." Laura Seeber
"The greatest generation meets Mark Twain." ~ Stuart Horwitz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780984718702
Publisher:
Little York Books
Publication date:
03/28/2012
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
9 Years

Meet the Author

Jerome Mark Antil was born in Cortland, New York in 1941. The seventh child of a seventh son of a seventh son, Michael Charles Antil Sr., and Mary Rowe Holman Antil. He completed the first grade at the St. Mary's Catholic school in Cortland, New York when the family moved to Delphi Falls, New York where he lived until just after finishing his eleventh grade in high school. Jerome Mark Antil grew up with five brothers and two sisters. Mary Margaret; Dorothy Louise; Michael Charles, Jr.; Frederick Holman; Richard Francis; Paul Robert; and James Joseph. His blood grandmother, on his Mother's side, was Catherine Rowe-Bell, who lived with the family in Delphi Falls. Catherine's sister, Josephine and her husband, Frederick Holman adopted Jerome's Mother as a child when her father left and never returned. The family called their grandmother, Aunt Kate, but always knew she was their Grandmother. The family also adored, Bomma Jo and Bompa Fred for their caring, love and devotion of their Mom. Just before his senior year in high school the family moved from Delphi Falls, first to North Syracuse and then to Milwaukee as a result of a year his father had spent in a TB sanitarium, and subsequent failed businesses. He moved with his Mom and Dad and two of his brothers moved from Delphi Falls, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Jerome graduated from St. John's Cathedral in 1958 and went on to attend Xavier University in Cincinnati Ohio. His parents and younger brother James Joseph moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana where they remained.

His career has been "writing" and "marketing" in the business world. He wrote marketing plans, sales and training movies and commercials. He has lectured at Cornell University; The Johnson School; St. Edwards University; and Southern Methodist University. Jerome was inspired to begin the career he always wanted, at the behest of his daughter, Worley Antil Coco and has spent twelve years researching for several books he is now working on. A note from her now adorns his wall, "Start Writing - Be Happy!" Light hearted nostalgia about growing in the 1940s. In his writing room he has the framed pages of his daughter's handwriting listing forty two subject lines of her favorite bedtime stories she was told by him.

A promise made by him to his daughter, was that his first book would be a book to help divorced fathers cope, and have the same quality times with their children as she shared with him.

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The Pompey Hollow Book Club 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
GDaddyNJ More than 1 year ago
Picture a time when you ran freely through life expanding on your thoughts, livelihood, and intuition; it¿s called ¿Your childhood.¿ Jerome¿s depiction of life in Delphi Falls allows for his readers to be submersed in ever-evolving childhood capers. This book keeps the readers senses in full swing ¿ it¿s a must read for all ages!
LauraSeeber More than 1 year ago
This really, for me is the epitome of a book to read on a lazy vacation day. Its narrative is warm and funny without having the syrupy feeling of nostalgia that seems to infect quite a number of books in the same vein. Clearly autobiographical in nature, it provides readers a glimpse into the way the world existed in a bygone era, and allows them the opportunity to realize that maybe, just maybe, the important things such as experience, friendship, and love, don't change all that much. I will admit, the overall pace of the book was a little slow at times, and I did feel a little bit cheated by the ending. It's important not to miss the epilogue, especially in this book! I would have liked to see a little bit more development concerning the end, but I realize that the story has to stop somewhere so that another can begin. This is definitely a great book to add to your library, especially if you want to either re-live the post-WWII time period or to simply imagine it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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