"I am absolutely certain about three things: I want to do well in junior high and high school so I can get an appointment to West Point. I promised I would help a friend, which means I have to fight a bully. I also promised myself three years ago that I'd never fight again."
In a small beach town in Florida, twelve-year-old Matt Parker enters the mid-1950s full of life and confidence, ready to enjoy the growing freedoms of a teenager as he and his buddies enter junior high, and then trouble appears-a surly ninth-grader named Wayne. Matt receives a phone call that turns the opening weeks of school into an exploit he never anticipated. The boys set out to protect Billy, who is being threatened by Wayne. Along the way, they encounter an unexpected visitor as they search for buried treasure on an island, try to catch a black snake named Lucille, and go to their first teenage dance party. Sorry You Missed It... is a coming-of-age story of fun and laughter, sadness and tears-a dangerous adventure spiced with early rock n' roll and the innocence of a blossoming teenage romance.
|Publisher:||Backwater Bayou Books|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)|
About the Author
He began his college studies at the University of Florida in 1963, but his education was interrupted when he was drafted into the army, sent to Ft. Benning, and served his two-year commitment at Valley Forge General Army Hospital in Pennsylvania. He returned to Florida to continue his college studies, and in 1976 graduated from the Emory School of Dentistry in Atlanta, Georgia. He practiced dentistry in Clearwater for thirty-five years.
Fred told stories about his teenage adventures to his children and later to his patients and then decided it would be fun to write some of them down. He took writing courses, participated in writing workshops and began writing before he retired. "Sorry You Missed It ..." is his first novel.
He is a lifelong saltwater and freshwater fisherman and scuba diver. He currently lives in Florida on the backwaters of the Withlacoochee River with his wife, Camille, and their golden retriever, Sunday.