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The King of Pacoima Paperback – September 26, 2014
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About the Author
David Mickey Evans is an Author, and motion picture Screenwriter/Director/Producer. He attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and graduated with degrees in Film and Screenwriting. Directly after college he became Hollywood’s highest paid screenwriter, breaking records with the sale of his first two scripts, Radio Flyer and The Sandlot. The Sandlot has been hailed as “The Greatest Baseball Movie Ever Made!”, and “The Best Summer of All Time!” The Sandlot 2, which Evans also wrote, directed and narrated, is the most successful direct-to-dvd live-action family film of all time. His films have entertained an entire generation of movie lovers and continually receive significant airtime all over the world. Dialogue from The Sandlot is some of the most often quoted in movie history, including the classic line, “You’re killin’ me, Smalls!” and the unforgettable, “Heroes get remembered, but Legends never die.” Mr. Evans lives in Florida.
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This is not just a book, it's a time machine to the past. Reader's born in the late 50's or early 60's will be transported back to their own childhood's and remember the good times and the things from the past that entire generation will wholeheartedly agree was "just better back then." 5 cent candy and comic books, using your imagination in play as you explored the whole community like all of it was your own backyard, not being shut away inside all day playing a video game. Reader's born later will get to live in that era of American History for a little while, starting with the very first chapter as you take a road trip across America in a 1961 Plymouth Valiant. Evans has always had a talent for resurrecting our childhood days for us and reminding us of things we have forgotten. This is why "The Sandlot" is and will forever be a classic film. So anyone reading this book is in for a delight as you essentially get to be a child again and tag along with Mike and his little brother Bobby through all their expeditions.
Other reviews have said, and will say, that this story is really about child abuse. Well yes and no. There is an ever present threat through out the novel, known to the reader only as "The King." The boys fear of him is so palpable in the writing that you forget for a moment you are not a 10 year old child. You can feel the feeling of hopelessness right down to your core. But Evans does not focus on the abuse and avoids graphic description of violence. Instead the narrative sticks to what it is like to be in a child's mind, focusing on things that little boys care deeply about: bullies, dogs, exploring, comic books, and of course, a red wagon radio flyer. That the boys fear The King so pervasively in all aspects of their lives through out the story is all you need to know to convince you this man is a threat.
"So it is, but it is not, about child abuse is what you're saying?" you may be asking. Yes, this is not your average story about child abuse written by and for adults filled with terrifying violence that will make you nauseated and depressed. This probably one of the few books written from the point of view of a child. The narrative is all from the point of view of a child's mind and reminds us how resilient children can become when faced with terrible situations they have no control over. There is a message of hope in this story. When faced with a threat, we have two options: fight or flight. If you're too small and powerless to fight, what then remains your option? Flight. And that is the actual theme of the story, it is not a story about being destroyed. It is an inspiring story about triumphing over an evil doer and insurmountable odds, about sacrifice and love.
I enjoyed reading this book very much and recommend it to everyone. The narrative is a comforting flow as if listening to an old friend telling you a story from the past. The boys emotions of joy, discovery, excitement and fear are so vivid and poignant. Certain passages brought tears to my eyes, but most of them brought smiles. Enjoy!
This is a true page-turner, with an extremely satisfying and moving ending. The original artwork also enhances this profound book. I was so sad when it ended - as it was entirely gripping and beautifully written throughout.