Welcome to Fred

Welcome to Fred

by Brad Whittington

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Welcome to Fred by Brad Whittington

Mark Cloud has his doubts. He's not sure if he'll ever feel at home in Fred, Texas. He's not sure that he can work up the nerve to declare his love to the girl of his dreams. He's not sure he will survive another ride with Darnell Ray, Terror of the Back Roads. And he's not really sure he buys the whole God thing. Which is an uncomfortable position for the son of a Baptist preacher.

This award-winning novel is a moving and hilarious tale set against the vibrant backdrop of the 1960s and rural America. It is the timeless and classic story of Everyteen in the hands of a master storyteller.

eBook extras: Reader's Guide, 900+ SAT words, Preview of Living with Fred

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012754639
Publisher: Wunderfool Press
Publication date: 07/19/2011
Series: The Fred Books , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 246
Sales rank: 484,042
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Brad Whittington was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on James Taylor's eighth birthday and Jack Kerouac's thirty-fourth birthday and is old enough to know better. He lives in Austin, Texas with The Woman. Previously he has been known to inhabit Hawaii, Ohio, South Carolina, Arizona, and Colorado, annoying people as a janitor, math teacher, field hand, computer programmer, brickyard worker, editor, resident Gentile in a Conservative synagogue, IT director, weed-cutter, and in a number of influential positions in other less notable professions. He is greatly loved and admired by all right-thinking citizens and enjoys a complete absence of cats and dogs at home.

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Welcome to Fred 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
nutsforgoodbooks More than 1 year ago
Warning: Laugh-out-loud inducing. Do not read this book in bed while your spouse is trying to sleep. A bittersweet story of adolescent angst and spiritual confusion. Hilarious, intelligent, and so very real. I really enjoyed this one.
ShinerD More than 1 year ago
Thanks to "The Woman" I was introduced to Brad's books. I loved this book beginning to end. It is laugh out loud funny, full of great Texas humor, and wonderful thought provoking dialogue between the characters. The family trip to CA reminded me of my family's cross country trips (pre-seat belt laws) packing four kids in back of a huge white station wagon we called "Moby". I would highly recommend this book and look forward to reading the next one.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
I should probably give this book 4 starts because some of the transitions are poor, but I've opted for the full 5 stars because the boy in this story reminded me of each one of my teen-aged grandsons in one part or another of this book. The final "discussion" in the book between father and son could have come directly from my house about a month ago. The search for just the right girl, and how you let her know that you're "smitten" was three months ago. The humor was expertly interspersed with universally serious topics that we've all wondered about at some time or another. Conclusions were interesting and approached with great skill within the story! BUT---I had to search far and wide to find three copies of this book to send to each of the grandsons!!! Publishers out there---get another printing of this book out there!!! Another thing that really struck my "happiness bone" was the many specific uses of SAT words throughout the book. So much more entertaining that studying a SAT word book---and much better for remembering the meaning forever!! I have the next e book of this series "Living With Fred" ready to go on my IPod, but though "technified" with all sorts of electronic gadgets, my grandsons still prefer the "real book", so I've searched far and wide to send them the second one also. I can imagine it to be another winner too ! Thank you Brad Whittington for writing such a fun and exemplorily discussed book on Christian life and issues we all consider at times, while getting a boy's life down so perfectly!!
Evangeline_Han More than 1 year ago
Welcome to Fred is the funniest book I've read in a long time. The comical adventures Mark always lands himself in led me to laugh out loud several times (do you know how difficult it is not to grin, let alone laugh, when you're sitting alone in the car with the door open and there' someone passing by outside?). Aside from all the hilarity, there are some important questions Mark asks that stands out in the book. Questions such as is the Bible real? What if there is no God? Yet, these questions do not overwhelm until the book is all about theology. They are so well seamlessly woven into the plot you don't realize that this book touches on serious topics. There is a balance. This is what I love about Welcome to Fred. The conversations in Welcome to Fred is very realistic. The slang and easy-to-go tones in the conversations made reading this book a breeze. One of my pet peeves when it comes to books is awkward conversations. Since this book is set in the hippie era, I picked up this book with a little trepidation as I did not know if the author could manage to write a convincing tone of the era or not. He nailed it. All in all, Welcome To Fred is a fun and enjoyable read. The scrapes and problems that Mark faces! To add to that, he is such a likeable character. There is also the satisfaction of seeing him mature at the end of the book. I completed this book and put it back on my bookshelf with a smile on my face as I thought about one of the funny scenes. Now, if only I can get those funny scenes out of my head before I start walking about with a silly grin on my face!
LetsBookIt More than 1 year ago
I don't know about you guys but I just love a book that makes me laugh. There was not one page of Brad Whittington's 'Welcome to Fred' that did not make me at least smile hard. The best part is that the laughs are smart and innocent and just plain fun. The story is told from Mark's point of view and is beautifully related. It's the 1960's so Mark rides the streets on his bike and finds fun (although his parents sometimes call it trouble) wherever he goes. It's rough being the PK (we find out that PK = preacher's kid); confusing sometimes as he tries to reconcile the world around him with his family's beliefs. Don't worry - there is very, very little discussion about Christianity and no push to try and convert the reader. It is more of a coming of age story as Mark experiences his life and ponders the meaning of what he sees happening around him. There are some poignant scenes which make the reader love Mark just a little more each time. Who wouldn't find a place in their heart for a kid that sneaks food to a homeless woman? Or helps a friend play practical jokes that few people think are funny? Mark is also a serious bibliophile and the scenes with the witchy librarian are not to be missed! This is a character that will always have a place in my heart. Mark's dad is also a favorite of mine from this novel. He is so steady and calm. His compassion comes through loud and clear as he helps his congregants overcome tragic circumstances. I love his eccentric way of talking. There is a scene near the end of the book that involved a Dad interacting with a pastor in another town that had me in stitches. So funny!
Miss-Lynn More than 1 year ago
Welcome To Fred by Brad Whittington was a hilarious book to read. Although I read the E-book version I now have all three in the series on my wish list so I can follow the adventures of Mark Cloud. Being the son of a preacher one never knows how long they will stay in one place or where they will move to next. Moving from Ft.Worth Texas to Ohio was not really anticipated, but then moving back to Texas to a town that was about as isolated as they came. Fred Texas, a town that had few buildings, a store, post office, school , church and the theater 16 miles away. A town of dirt roads and pine woods. Anyhow you get the idea. Back in the country where the style was Cowboy Hats, Boots and Levis .Now a teenager he would look weird in his hippy getup he worm back in Ohio. As we follow this skinny teenage PK trying to fit in . I really enjoyed this immensely , not just for the humorous side to it but also the Christian values that are relevant in the book. Living in a small town as a kid I understand what Mark went through. Being a PK also at times makes it a little hard to make friends. Like he said when he walks in conversations die like a skunk parts the crowd when he walks through.There is so much to this book to like but I think one of my favorite parts is when they move to Ohio and he meets Marc and learns he loves Chitlins and Collard Greens. If you want to read a good series that is cleanly written and discussions guide at the end then I recommend the Fred Series Welcome To Fred Living With Fred Escape from Fred
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brad Whittington 'leaves the light on' for readers of his novel 'Welcome To Fred.' Narrator Mark Cloud is a congenial yarn spinner as he weaves stories of growing up in Middletown, Ohio and Fred, Texas into a vivid tapestry. Whittington makes use of a full box of tools. He creates characters you really care about and sketches them with humor that runs from gentle to pratfall and drama full of the sorrow and joy that goes with life in Ohio, Texas and everywhere else. Baby Boomers who grew up outside a major metropolitan area will hoot with delight as they share Mark's memories of fruitless hunts for a clear signal on those early transistor radios. Anyone who ever nursed an old road warrior down the highway will relish the Cloud family's summer vacation trip to Los Angeles in a 1963 Ford Galaxy. Be on the lookout for Whittington's most memorable character, Pauline Jordan. You won't forget her. I would have liked a little more of a 'whatever happened to...' wrap up at the end. Mark's best friends in Middletown and Fred seem conspicuous by their absence at the end. That might be intentional if Whittington is planning a Fred-in-my-rearview-mirror sequel. Hope so.