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Product Details

  • Paperback: 151 pages
  • Publisher: Red Deer Press; 1 edition (September 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0889951942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889951945
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,495,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

These tenderly wrought recollections of growing up in rural Canada during the 1960's may be received just as warmly by baby-boomers as the target audience. Seven self-contained chapters crystallize some milestone events between October 1964 and September 1965Ajoyous beginnings and poignant endingsAmarking Eric Anderson's transition from childhood to adulthood. The narrative is unadorned yet evocative: "The cold scissored away at my clothes, poked with steely blades through zippers and down my collar" begins the chapter about Eric's action-packed season-end hockey game. Other chapters show different sides of tough yet sensitive Eric, as a lover who feels the sting of rejection as sharply as the first flutters of romance, as a member of the work force who learns some bittersweet lessons at his first job, and as a loyal son springing from a long line of stoic farmers. Book, a radio and TV journalist, recaptures all of the angst, doubt, excitement and ennui that go along with rites of passage. Writing with hindsight and keen perception, he extracts humor and truthAand a few life lessonsAfrom a thoroughly likable adolescent's day-to-day trials. Ages 14-up. (Aug.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 8 Up-Eric Anderson, 16, experiences a series of major events in 1965: his first kiss, his first real girlfriend, a summer job away from home, his hockey team's loss of the championship game, and the death of his grandfather. Forced to evaluate his life several times that year, he gains valuable knowledge about love and family. While soldiers fight in Vietnam and blacks struggle for civil rights in the United States, Lashburg, Canada, becomes the battleground of Eric's adolescence. While vividly sketched, the seven short stories are slow to involve readers. The characters seem realistic but it is hard to get into the spirit of the whole novel. No overall theme is presented and the author's prose, while well written, may give readers pause on how this book might fit into their own rite of passage.
Jana R. Fine, Clearwater Public Library System, FL
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Powell on February 24, 2002
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I felt that this book was amazing. I am only 14 and I chose this book for my book report. A lot of thnigs happened to Eric but I thought that the author, Rick Book, did a good job portraying life in 1965. I think that you will enjoy this book! :-)
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By A Customer on April 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
I thought that the book was interesting. I liked how it was set in 1965 and learned about everything about that time period- Vietnam War, Civil Rights, etc. I thought an awful lot of things happened to the main character, Eric, in the time frame of this story and couldn't relate too much with him.
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