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The Book of Charlie: Spirit of the Pompey Hollow Book Club

The Book of Charlie: Spirit of the Pompey Hollow Book Club


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Selected as one of two best novels for the year - 5 Star Review. Author of this series is being compared to Mark Twain. It's a coming of age story beginning with a summer vacation, climaxing on a full moonlit Halloween night. They're teens now - and their club president, Mary Crane, decides to follow her teacher's suggestion of getting a Pen Pal for the summer. She writes to a boy her mother had read about in the newspaper - a Pennsylvania lad. He writes back. As the summer unfolds one of the teens is witness to a crime in progress. Innocently the young Pen Pal to the club's president unwittingly helps them not only solve the mystery of just who the crooks are but they also solve what turns out to be an unresolved military mystery dating back to the War and still lingering in the shadows of the D-Day invasion. Was it coincidence that Mary's Pen Pal just happens to be a grandson of the president of the United States? It's more than a Halloween story, it's a history book. It might be to today's chronicles of the past what Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was in 1884. With a backdrop of rural life and times as they were in 1953 this novel reawakens our faded memory and colorfully illustrates two vanishing landmarks, both epics of an American culture and world history. The family farm for one and sad as it may be, the fleeting memories of the pivotal D-Day Invasion under Supreme Commander General Dwight David Eisenhower - the other. Without either we could have lost the War. This novel brings them both back to life in absorbing detail - it's a fable with a solid footing of the times for the tale's lasting cultural relevance. It all happened amidst five country towns, a few villages and hamlets where more than sixty five family farms were busy raising children, apples, corn, and wheat, and - all told - milking about 3,200 cows.

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ISBN-13: 9780989304436
Publisher: Little York Books
Publication date: 03/27/2014
Series: Pompey Hollow Book Club , #2
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jerome Mark Antil is the seventh child of a seventh son - of a seventh son. Born at sunrise it's been said by Mary Holman Antil and Michael C. Antil Sr., that he was the first of eight siblings to stay alert all day and sleep all night from the moment he was born.
"I can remember the Pearl Harbor attack announced on the Zenith floor-model radio before I could walk. I'd listen to Edward R. Murrow reporting the War from London...the scratchy battle weary ship-to-shore Morse code telegraphed messages while my diaper was being changed".
Heartfelt, light-hearted fare of family and friendship nostalgia in the 1940s and 1950s are his favorite subjects. He revels at capturing in good detail what it was like being a kid living in a world at War. As the War ended, he grew up in Delphi Falls, which provided the setting for The Pompey Hollow Book Club and The Book of Charlie.
"My dad was a baker from the 1929 Great Depression through the post-War 1950s. As a young boy, I'd ride with him all throughout central and northern New York visiting grocers and U.S. Army bases; baseball parks and bread lines as he sold his bread, hot dog buns, pies and cakes. My Dad was 'Big Mike' and I loved listening to his endless stories and tall tales - stopping at fishing holes along the way. All day rides in Big Mike's Buick was my Steamboat - his stories and an entire world at War was my Mississippi."
As an adult Jerry worked as a proof reader and printer's liaison, he later wrote and produced industrial sales and training films. As an accomplished writer for public relations and advertising agencies, he would become Chief Marketing Officer for several prominent companies.
Jerry's favorite authors are: John Steinbeck - "Steinbeck could peer out from the window of a person's soul." Ernest Hemingway -"Grandpa Hemingway could establish both character and plot in a single sentence." Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - "His Sherlock would keep you eager for more of his clues and their brilliant anecdotes than the crime's solution." Mark Twain - "Samuel Langhorne Clements was the irreverent, thought provoking, deceptively caustic, the Howard Stern of his day."

Table of Contents

Joggin' Your Memory
The War is Behind Us
Idle Summer Hands
The Stare Down Wrestle
Jerry Gets a Summer Job
What to Do with a Runaway
A Prayerful Sunday
Penance and the Road Pirates
August Scare of a Lifetime
Plans and Presidents
Secrets and Notes
The Mikes Meet the Judge
Coded Messages and the Summer Hayride
Hail from the Chief
The S.O.S. is Called
Luck and a Brilliant Idea
The Hook is Baited
Saved by Providence
A Full Moon Beckons
One Dove Says it All

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