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The Bridge
     

The Bridge

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by Stan Crader
 

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Tommy Thompson recalls with vivid detail the summer of 1967, when he was twelve years old and living in a small town in rural America. At that time in his life, all he wanted was a Honda motorbike, and he believed the smartest person in the world was his Uncle Cletus. The Bridge follows Tommy's summer-long quest for the Honda and his love, Wendy, whom he

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Tommy Thompson recalls with vivid detail the summer of 1967, when he was twelve years old and living in a small town in rural America. At that time in his life, all he wanted was a Honda motorbike, and he believed the smartest person in the world was his Uncle Cletus. The Bridge follows Tommy's summer-long quest for the Honda and his love, Wendy, whom he pursues with the comical romanticism of a young boy.

During the course of the summer Tommy helps his best friend, Booger, cope with family tragedy. He is terrorized by Clyde Goodpasture, the biggest bully in the sixth grade, and the town of Colby is shaken by news that its shoe factory will close. While he isn't a religious child, Tommy faces these challenges armed with the few Bible verses that he knows and the support of his Christian family. Tommy has a knack for doing the right thing and ultimately makes a sacrifice that shows without a doubt that his heart is in the right place.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781587369087
Publisher:
Wheatmark
Publication date:
11/15/2007
Pages:
292
Sales rank:
682,911
Product dimensions:
0.66(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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The Bridge 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Bridge' is a story that allows the reader to escape to a simpler time and place. For those who grew up in a small town, it will bring back memories not recalled for years. For those who didn't, it will make one wonder if such a place ever really existed. In a style akin to Jan Karon's Mitford series, the reader is engaged with the nuances of each character, as if knowing them in person. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't miss Stan Crader's debut as a novelist! Stan describes growing up in small-town America in the late 1950's through the eyes of Tommy Thompson, a boy standing on the edge of adolescence possessing a keen eye and tender heart. The detail and humor with which Stan describes the inner workings of a small town and a boy's heart is riveting! I can't remember when I have laughed so much reading a book! The descriptions are so vivid. I loved thinking about Clove gum, Lawn-Boys and the social order of the school bus. I could smell the bologna frying and feel the wind on my face riding my bicycle. I remembered what it felt like to figure out who I was in a world that seemed big when I felt small. It was a fun trip down memory lane! We spend a lot of time in this world seeking entertainment, thrills, adventure. I can't think of anything more refreshing, engaging, and fun than reading a good book with a cup of hot coffee. Stan, I have not had so much fun in a very long time! It's my hope that this charming tale of life in little town makes a big splash!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not a normal reader of fiction books but this book was given to me as a gift. I picked it up to read over a weekend of nasty weather and could not put it down. I found myself thinking back to my childhood and pondering on how much some things have changed. The character, Clyde, particularly left an impression on me. I immediately ordered the second book by Crader and look forward to emersing in it as well!
GeoLibrarian More than 1 year ago
I love this kind of book, a great combination of history and story. While the main characters are twelve-year-old boys, the book does seem to be aimed at adults. But I think that young adults could really enjoy it as well. The story follows the ordinary adventures of Tommy and his best friend, Booger (Randy), who are determined to earn the money to buy Honda Mini-Trails (mini motorcycles). In order to do so, the set up a lawn mowing business. But at the same time they deal with the same sorts of things that teenagers the world over deal with, bullies, girls, and the loss of a family member. I especially enjoyed the honest approach that Tommy takes, even though he has a tendency to speak first and think later, it's clear that he is a good kid, but a normal twelve-year-old boy (there are some gross jokes). I think what I liked the best though was how well the author creates life in a small town in Missouri in the 1960s. I felt like I was there. For me, historical fiction doesn't work if the setting and feel of the story aren't believable. This book does not have this problem. The book is full of humor, life, and genuineness. I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy great historical fiction.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
An entertaining book, rich in midwest sentiment, and humor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Bridge is an outstanding account of life in a 60's small town, but with lessons that reach to today and beyond. An easy read with lots of laughter and tears a-plenty! Couldn't put it down. I am waiting for more adventures in rural Missouri!