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Me and the End of the World

Me and the End of the World

by William Corbin

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Tim shudders at the newsreels and headlines that claim that the world will end on May 1, 1928. If this is true, he has only four months to confront bully Dunk Bolander, to find the courage to express his feelings to a neighbor who has been stung by anti-Semitism, to hitch onto cars while sled-riding along a new and dangerous route and, finally, to kiss Judy Felton. With the support of his family, his English teacher and his best friend, Ed, Tim is able to achieve his goals. When life goes on after May 1, Tim realizes that addressing his fears and dreams have helped him gain confidence, and that in a strange way he is ``really going to miss having the end of the world to look forward to.'' This uplifting, deftly written story is powerfully told from Tim's persective. He is a bright, perceptive protagonist whose transformation is as enticing as it is credible. Corbin's vivid details and thoughtful narrative immerse the reader in a pre-Depression America's hopes and worries. Ages 10-14. (Sept.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-- When headlines in the December 1927 Des Moines Register prophesy the end of the world on the following May Day, 13-year-old Tim, although skeptical, decides he had better get started on some of the things he has wanted to do--just in case. One of his goals is to beat up an older boy who has long been bullying him; another is to make up to his neighbor for a racial slur that was painted on his front walk; and thirdly, he wants to kiss a girl he has admired in his class. Last of all, he intends to spend as much time as possible with his best buddy hitching rides on their sleds behind cars. During the course of the next few months, Tim grows in self-confidence as he masters one achievement after another. When May Day arrives, the world does not come to an end, but his life has changed considerably thanks to his newfound maturity. This coming-of-age story set in a less complex time period may seem tame to today's youth. Nevertheless, it deals with timeless concerns of youth as they struggle to conquer their own insecurities. --Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY

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Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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10 - 14 Years

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