A fun, easy read that takes the reader back to the rebellious 1960s, exploring teenage years during the era of West Side Story.
The language was unique, the love was simple, the excitement was real and the cars were special. The Big Fifty will take you to those special times.
The Pikes Peak High School hockey team was made up of students who did not live in the 'high class' neighborhood on the hill. Brookshire was one of the wealthiest communities in Colorado and unless you were from one of the 'families on the hill' you couldn't go out for the more glamorous sports. Hockey was the sport for the kids in the valley. When their team won the state championship held in the Brookshire Ice Palace and a fight broke out on the rink the result was the banishment of the Pikes Peak hockey team from participating in the sport for one yeareven though it wasn't their fault. That very night a small group of students formed the first teenage gang in the city.
"If they don't want us up on their mighty hill, then we don't want them down here!" Rock shouted.
With the strategy of an army unit this tiny group of teenagers set out to isolate the wealthy community of Brookshire from the rest of the city.
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.47(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Since I attended this fictional high school in the 60's, (not so fictionally!), I loved the references to all the familiar places. I knew exactly where the characters were at all times! And it was a rousing good story, more or less epitomizing an attitude of the times.
I read this in the evenings before going to bed. The story is intriguing enough that I often got to bed after midnight. Light, easy, and best of all, fun reading. A good reminder of life before the PC age.
Warburton captures the flavor of the fifties when teens were still concerned about the consequences of their actions. Anyone familiar with Colorado Springs will appreciate the rapid movement around the old haunts of the city. It was an enjoyable evening of reading.
Although the author states this book is 'fiction' I think his portral of events in this book are all to real and leads the reader to believe they really did occur! They should still all be thrown in jail - especially 'Rock' the apparent gang leader.
Warburton takes you back to when it felt so good to do something bad...very well. It's all about being a teenager with a mission. The tension builds with each turn of the page. It's one of those books that ends way too soon, leaving you hungry for more.