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The Pompey Hollow Book Club

The Pompey Hollow Book Club

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by Jerome Mark Antil

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Kids living through WWII grew up fast. Seventy million were killed worldwide as they sat by their radios hoping Superman could end the war. They created a club of valor - and it was Barber who stood on the cemetery stone and announced "Ain't a mom would stop us from going to meetings if were called the Pompey Hollow Book Club." They spat it so


Kids living through WWII grew up fast. Seventy million were killed worldwide as they sat by their radios hoping Superman could end the war. They created a club of valor - and it was Barber who stood on the cemetery stone and announced "Ain't a mom would stop us from going to meetings if were called the Pompey Hollow Book Club." They spat it so

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KIRKUSTHE POMPEY HOLLOW BOOK CLUBA group of kids in rural upstate New York have a series of adventures in the years following World War II.Young Jerry Antil has always been a city boy, so when he and his family-including his mother, his baker father Big Mike and his brothers Mike and Dick-move from the town of Cortland, N.Y., to the country in 1948, he knew he'd have to make some adjustments. Luckily Jerry, like others who grew up during World War II, is a resourceful kid who knows how to make the best of any situation. And thanks to his father, Jerry knows that if you pay attention there's plenty of adventure to be had no matter where you are. He and a group of likeminded kids form the Pompey Hollow Book Club, and before long they are finding excitement everywhere, whether they're looking for a group of thieves who have been breaking into local businesses or trying to save a gaggle of innocent poultry from a grisly end on the Thanksgiving table. Although structured as a series of discrete stories, the flow of the narrative feels more like a novel than a collection of short stories. The characters are well developed-especially the kids-and the prose is plain but competent. The humor is more goofy than witty, but it will be a hard-hearted reader who won't chuckle at least once. The novel occasionally comes across as a little saccharine, but it feels honest and heartfelt all the same. The most affecting passages describe Jerry's relationship with his extraordinary father, who instills in him a strong sense of decency, as well as a love for adventure. The author makes a compelling point by stressing the idea that growing up in wartime had a profound effect on the outlook and attitudes of the children, among other things allowing them to make the most of any situation.A heartfelt story about growing up in the shadow of World War II.(Four Star)When I read this book, it made me feel as if I was traveling back in time. This book is very descriptive and detailed. For that reason, I love it. The author made me feel as if I was with him and his family and friends the whole time. The book was filled with interesting and fun events, but one that fascinated me the most was when Jerry and his friends are creating the club so no one knows actually what they are doing and why. I loved how this club would help people who never asked for it and sometimes for all of the wrong reasons but it always seems to make people smile. Pompey Hollow Book Club is an amazing read that will captivate the mind of any reader no matter what age or personality.(Five Star)I don't cry easily, but I wept three different times reading Jerome Antil's fascinating account of his childhood in upstate New York. It was okay to weep because I was laughing out loud most of the time! The endless exploits of this "club" of preteens, who meet on call in the local cemetery, is the best Hardy Boy stuff lassoed to Tom Sawyer! I didn't want the book to end. I have thought about the adventures of Jerry and his siblings every day since loaning my copy to close friends. I wish my grandchildren weren't too old to set them down and read every word to them. Well, maybe a movie will be done of these young Sherlock Holmeses, and Harry P. can just scoot down a seat or two.(Five Star)I have never laughed so hard while reading a book in my life. I love to read, and I read often, but there are few books that I talk about for weeks after I have read it-this is one of those few. You will enjoy reading the predicaments that the main character gets into. This book is full of childhood stories that I could imagine my mischievous grandfather doing or participating in as a boy when growing up on a country farm. The only thing that kept catching me off-guard was the setting; I kept imaging the farmlands and dusty country roads of North Mississippi, but, in fact, these tales take place much farther north than MS.

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Little York Books
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5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
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9 Years

Meet the Author

Jerome Mark Antil is the seventh child of a seventh son-of a seventh son. Born at sunrise it's been told by Mary Holman Antil and Michael C. Antil Sr., that he was the first of eight siblings to stay awake all day and sleep through the night from the moment he was born."I remember the Pearl Harbor attack announced on our Zenith radio before I could walk. I heard Edward R. Murrow reporting the War from London… and the scratchy battle-weary ship-to-shore Morse code messages on radio while my diaper was being changed".Heartfelt fare of family and friendship-light-hearted nostalgia from the 1940s and 1950s are his favorite subjects. He revels at capturing in good detail what it was like being a kid living in a world at War and its long shadows. When the War ended, he grew up in Delphi Falls, which provided the setting for The Pompey Hollow Book Club and The Book of Charlie."My dad was a baker from the 1929 Great Depression through the post-War 1950s. As a young boy, I'd ride with him all throughout central and northern New York visiting grocers and U.S. Army bases; baseball parks and bread lines as he sold his bread, hot dog buns, pies and cakes. My Dad was 'Big Mike' and I loved listening to his timeless stories and tall tales-stopping at fishing holes along the way. All day rides with Big Mike-his Buick my Steamboat-his grand stories and an entire world at War my Mississippi."As an adult Jerry worked as a proof reader and printer's liaison, he later wrote and produced industrial sales and training films. An accomplished writer for public relations and advertising agencies, he would become Chief Marketing Officer for several prominent U.S. companies.Jerry's favorite authors are: (John Steinbeck) "Steinbeck could peer through a peephole of a person's soul." (Ernest Hemingway) "Grandpa Hemingway could establish character in a single sentence." (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) "His Sherlock would keep me as eager for the next clue and accompanying anecdote as for the crime'ssolution." (Mark Twain) "Samuel Langhorne Clements was an irreverent observer of human foibles. His stand up was thought provoking, deceptively caustic-he was the Howard Stern of the 19th century."

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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