Kevin Terwilliger lives in relative peace in Cambridge, Oregon in 1958. He feels a little bit worse for the wear after being moved hither and yon due to his father's military background. He isn't safe at his new school, either. There's a proverbial bully there named Ronald Eugene Pfefferman who doesn't seem to him to want to back down with his snide remarks. Read on, and see how Kevin fares against this turmoil with help from his friend, Connor Billingsley. There might be hope for him after all.
©2012 Edward Petty (P)2014 Edward Petty
Overall the story was really well done and fun to listen to too, I felt that the narrator was sometimes going to fast paced but did a great job non the less. The story is short but very good and funny and leaves you wanting more from this author. A book for children but anyone can read it and enjoy.
I received this copy in exchange for an honest review
Yes, I would recommend it to anyone with kids wanting a good book to read or anyone dealing with bullies & needing a little extra courage.
I liked the little jokes Kevin would tell, such as ... the butcher said he would get Kevin some meat for his black eye just as soon as he rang a lady out. Kevin said she doesn't look wet! (LOL)
I like Kevin & Conner. The 2 boys together always had each others backs and were funny. Just how friends should be.
Yes I did listen to this book in 1 setting!
I liked the story as written by Edward Petty. IT had fun and adventure in it. Spoke of bullies and reprimands by teachers. This is how school was back in the 50s & 60s. I think there is still a lot this book can teach kids. I like how the narrator read the book too! It was read flawlessly & with lots of excitement.
I haven't read the print version.
The message that someone isn't exactly what they seem to be on the surface.
A novella reminiscent of such stories that build on the relationship of friends as The Sandlot or The Body, here is a piece that is full of both nostalgia and humor. Kevin Terwiliger is new to town and immediately makes friends with another boy named Connor Billingsley. The two are forced to face the school bully, who is introduced to the reader when he demands Kevin’s daily lunch money.
Kevin’s parents get him a job at the local cemetery and talks Connor into helping him out. The two of them convince the school bully to meet them there and this is where all three boys learn that their original opinions of one another may not be all they’re cracked up to be.
If I had a complaint about this one it would merely be that it ended in such a way that made me want to know more.
Note: I received a copy of the audio version of this story in exchange for a review. This in no way influences my opinion of the story or audio production.
Yes I would recommend this to a friend who had a young child because it creatively teaches kids at a very young age that bullying might be stopped and that bullies may have problems too. It also has inclusivity and acceptance for a person with a disability.
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