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A Boy's Life School & Library Binding – May 1 1992

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  • School & Library Binding: 580 pages
  • Publisher: Turtle Back Books; Bound for Schools & Libraries ed. edition (May 1 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0833587994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0833587992
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 3 x 16.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 209 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #392,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Both a mystery that will satisfy the most finicky aficionado and a boisterous travelogue through a stormy season in a 12-year-old's life, this novel follows a boy and his father as they seek a killer in 1964 Alabama.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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In 1964, 12-year-old Cory Mackenson lives with his parents in Zephyr, Alabama. It is a sleepy, comfortable town. Cory is helping with his father's milk route one morning when a car plunges into the lake before their eyes. His father dives in after the car and finds a dead man handcuffed to the steering wheel. Their world no longer seems so innocent: a vicious killer hides among apparently friendly neighbors. Other, equally unsettling transmogrifications occur: a friend's father becomes a shambling bully under the influence of moonshine, decent men metamorphose into Klan bigots, "responsible" adults flee when faced with danger for the first time. With the aid of unexpected allies, Cory faces hair-raising dangers as he seeks to find the secret of the dead man in the lake. McCammon writes an exciting adventure story. He also gives us an affecting tale of a young man growing out of childhood in a troubled place and time. Recommended. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/15/91; Literary Guild dual main selection.
- David Keymer, SUNY Inst. of Technology, Utica
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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When the publisher requested critical changes to the manuscript, the author refused to make them. He said he would have to break the contract before he would change his book. He believed that strongly in it. The rest, as they say, is history...

In the early nineties, a friend passed along some paperbacks she thought I would enjoy reading. There might have been a half dozen of them. But, only one I remember. Boy's Life by Robert McCammon.

I read it, talked about it, then read it again. I gave the book to my son to read. Probably the first time I'd ever passed along one of my books to him. He was around fourteen at the time.

Due to downsizing over the years, I've had to be very selective about which books I keep. I never considered parting with Boy's Life. It's a classic. A few years ago, my son bought me a new copy to replace the one held together with an elastic band.

Robert McCammon has a staggering imagination. No, not every writer does. McCammon fearlessly combined mystery with fantasy with action with suspense and tied them all up in one incredible story.

This book has it all. Is that what makes it unforgettable? Not really. There are many reasons. For me, one stands out above the rest.

It goes back to my love of people. I love meeting the characters in books. You see, that is my weakness and my strength - protagonists and antagonists. The more realistic the better. Actually, the most unrealistic character that seems real is even better than that.

Boy's Life has the most credible as well as the most extraordinarily unbelievable cast.

In my opinion, McCammon's most admirable quality is his talent for getting inside his characters − becoming his characters.
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It's 1964, a time of racism and turmoil. Zephyr, Alabama, is a small town, but it's caught up in the events of the world, too. There's no escaping reality, as one boy, Cory Mackenson, is about to find out.
It begins when Cory and his father witness a car disappearing into a lake rumored to be bottomless. Cory's father dives in, and before the car goes completely under, he witnesses something terrifying: a man, handcuffed to the wheel, with copper wire around his throat. Murdered.
But summer is coming. A summer filled with wonder, mystery, magic, and tragedy. It is a summer where Cody will realize that magic can really happen; where he will witnesses a creature that should've been extinct millions of years ago; where he will discover the power and love of family, and the unbreakable bond of friendship; where he will know terror as no one ever has.
Robert R. McCammon's writing is not always consistent. Some of his novels, such as "Mystery Walk," have been almost unreadable; others, such as "Stinger" and "Swan Song," have been enjoyable but forgettable; others, such as "Wolf's Hour," have been masterpieces. "Boy's Life" belongs in this latter category.
A comparison to Bradbury's "Dandelion Wine" is unavoidable; however, McCammon manages to throw something into his tale that even Bradbury could not: suspense. This is a suspense novel, set aound a young boy and his quest for the truth, no matter what the cost.
"Boy's Life" is completely enchanting and thoroughly unforgettable. It is a novel for fans of any literay genre. It is, plain and simple, a masterpiece.
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A dash of suspense. A bit of mystery. A tad of compassion. These ingredients and many more make Boy's Life, by Robert R. McCammon, as captivating and entrhalling as it truely is. Boy's Life, the story a young, adventurous boy named Cory Mackenson, conveys a positive message--a bold message, that may appear even cynical to most. Even as people age, the magic will never be lost. The book centers around a murder in Zephyr, a small, tightly-knit town in Alabama during the 1960's. As the book details vividly, Cory's father, Tom, is overcome by grief, and anguish because he is unable to rescue a man from drowning. This causes many sleepless nights, and much anxiety/bewilderment throughout the town of Zephyr. Besides this tragic incident, the novel details the life of Cory -- his experiences with different people, and his reactions to different events/adversaries. For example, McCammon describes Cory's regular fights with the Branlin brothers; how each and every time Cory and his friends would be severly beaten up. Also, the novel tells of the ghost of Midnight Mona, as well as Old Moses, a monster that resides in the depths of Saxon's Lake. Cory, a keen, and intelligent boy, unveils the killer, and through the help of chracters such as his father, The Lady, and friends such as Ben and Johnny, solves the mystery. A book for those who enjoy reading about the unimaginable, Boy's Life is a sure-fire for children aged 12-18, and will undoubtedly leave most readers on the edge of their seats.
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Once in a while you find a rare book which stays in your mind long after your finished it. Boy's Life is just that. The story is simply beautiful and still captures my heart and imagination after reading it the second time, 10 years later. McCammon is famous for his horrors. But in Boy's Life, Mc Cammon has written a brilliant story filled with sensitivity, humanity and emotional depth. It is about a 11 year old boy coming of age. Narrated in the endearing young boy's, Cory's, voice, Boy's Life captures what is meant to be a child once, when the world is still magical and filled with wonders, when a bicycle is a boy's steed, friendship is permanent, a dog is one's best friend and even "flying" is possible. And Boy's Life has its moments of poignancy when Cory has to deal with his best friends' death, evil when and where he least expects and bigotry in his young world. Boy's Life just tugs at my heart as it glows with warmth and comfort when parental love overcome the fears of growing up and always there to rely on in a child's life. Boy's Life is truly a treasure and I promise myself to read this gem again in another 5-10 years time.
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