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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Wellspring, Inc.; First edition (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988819201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988819207
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,232,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Illuminating an era of Americana, Sandra Walker has captivated the story of youth as newspaper carriers, portraying their experiences in a compelling chronicle. Little Merchants is a fascinating, informative, and humorous read. --Joe Forsee, Executive Director, ICMA

The character-building and business steps in delivering papers every day set the foundation upon which successful careers were built. Little Merchants relays the children's time as carriers in an entertaining way. --Virgil Fassio, Publisher Seattle PI

Stories about the trials and triumphs of paperboys make for interesting reading. For those who carried papers in their youth, Little Merchants will bring back memories that shaped their adult lives. --Cary Thorp, Ph.D. University of Nebraska

About the Author

Sandra Walker began the newspaper carrier project to honor her brother's memory, since as a boy he delivered the Mount Vernon Daily News in Ohio. Discovering abundant stories, she expanded the project across America interviewing hundreds of former paperboys and girls. As a teacher and counselor, she understood the rowdiness and reliability of these energetic children. She lives by Puget Sound and is active with Northwest writers' associations.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Avid reader on October 25, 2013
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Documenting the papercariers' trials and tribulations, their motivation and rewards and most importantly the life lessons they learned are wonderfully revealed in this book. It will revive memories for readers and stimulate conversations about the experiences of these young people. A wonderful gift for past paperboys and papergirls whose experiences founded many successful businesses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gretchen Houser on November 9, 2013
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Writer Sandra Walker tells a compelling story about the once ubiquitous but now missing piece of American history; the paperboys and girls of our past. In meticulous detail, Ms. Walker delivers a poignant peek into the lives of these children; these brave boys and girls who often weathered severe cold and scalding heat to bring their neighbors the news. I miss the thud of a newspaper being delivered to my front door, but Little Merchants brings that world back to life in a vivid and colorful way. "Read all about it" indeed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PAUL B KNIEST on November 21, 2013
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Brought back a flood of memories from my paperboy days. Fun read for all. I would recommend Little Merchants anyone who ever had a paper route or knew someone who did. Great gift, I bought 3 copy's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scout on November 2, 2013
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Well written and very interesting and a history that needed to be told. The book is a good testament to successful child rearing of years gone by.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lee ruck on November 17, 2013
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I was a paper boy. I learned how difficult some routes were compared to mine. I was also written as a part of the book
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The cover photo of Little Merchants gives you an idea of what this book is about. Be prepared to marvel at Sandra Walker's detailed research and entertaining descriptions of this young workforce. I yearn for the time when young people felt grateful for any chance to earn money and performed their duties responsibly. Little Merchants would be a great springboard for discussion with young people today who often feel entitled to so much. This book deals with hardships as well as joys of the job. I loved the stories that brought this era to life and preserved the experiences of so many paperboys and girls.
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By Carole Bergeron on November 23, 2013
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There are many interesting stories about so many individual carriers. It brought back many memories of when I had my route and all the things I put up with, like mean dogs, for example. All those kids deserved a lot of credit for what they did and the book is a nice tribute to how responsible they were and that many of them were achievers throughout their lives, much of that due to the early ingrained sense of responsibility. A great gift for all former carriers and a lot of other, too.
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By Linda McManis on January 9, 2015
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Wonderful book!! Thanks to Ms. Walker for her great research on the subject!! Was given to my cousin....... newspaper boy for many years in Punxusatawney,PA. Has interesting tales of winter deliveries/ice/snow and getting around "people traffic" During the city's celebration of Groundhog Day.... even " way back when" .His route included the one street that lead onwards toward Gobbler's Knob where they celebrate in the early AM.
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Sandra Walker began the newspaper carrier project to honor her brother's memory, since as a boy he delivered the Mount Vernon Daily News in Ohio. Discovering abundant stories, she expanded the project across America interviewing hundreds of former paperboys and girls. As a teacher and counselor, she understood the rowdiness and reliability of these energetic children. She lives by Puget Sound and is active with Northwest writers' associations.

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