A heartfelt story about growing up in the shadow of World War II.
A 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.
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A Novel Series First Edition - Named - BOOK OF THE YEAR (Family & Fiction) 2012 - BOOKS & AUTHORS "Mark Twain meets the Greatest Generation!The Pompey Hollow Book Club is the best kind of novel: charming, but with teeth. The narration exudes an experienced innocence with characters at once empathic and courageous. One might be tempted to call its setting a bygone era had this era not fashioned our world... this work moved me deeply." --Stuart Horwitz, Book Architecture "It reads like a NORMAN ROCKWELL painting." Ron Masak, Actor, Author "He and his friends would soon have the daring of Huckleberry Finn. They had to. They were born the year WWII broke out and the nation was attacked by bombers. When the War was over more than seventy million people had been killed. At nine and ten Jerry and his friends had spent half their lives in War - seeing the tragedies and devastation - but also the heroism and sacrifice. They decided to create a secret club of valor. It was young Dale Barber who stepped up on the cemetery stone, raised an arm in the air and announced, "Ain't a mom in the county would stop us from going to a meeting, even on a school night if we were called - The Pompey Hollow Book Club." "Well we might stop saying ain't," said Mary. Mary was made president. She was ten, and the very first girl president in the Unites States of America - to the best of their knowledge. Kids growing up in the shadows of WWII - hunting thieves who were breaking into local businesses- - saving the poultry from the Thanksgiving table.