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GOOD OLD BOY: A DELTA BOYHOOD is a novel for young readers about a boy's adventures growing up in post-WWII Mississippi. Author Willie Morris, then editor of Harper's Magazine in New York, wrote GOOD OLD BOY when his son David, age ten, asked, "What was it like to grow up in Mississippi?" Morris's response turned into a timeless story of growing up in Yazoo City, Mississippi, in the early 1950s, roaming the town with his friends and playing practical jokes and having adventures. GOOD OLD BOY is recommended for sixth through ninth grade.
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Reading GOOD OLE BOY with my 8th grade English class was the highlight of the year. The book is well written, easy to understand, and humorous. Morris develops his characters through their actions and reactions to events in the autobiographical account of his growing up in Yazoo City, MS. My students saw themselves (and their friends) among the many characters Morris introduced them to. They found someone they could relate to in Morris. The book prompted them to go home and ask their parents to tell them about things they had done when they were growing up. The students liked the book so much and felt such a part of it, that they 'cast' their classmates in the roles of the characters. Willie Morris is truly a 'good ole boy' and gave kids from 10-110 a wonderful account of his childhood that reminds us all that we have a bit of 'good ole boy' in us, too.