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.)
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From School Library Journal
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
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