Review of Boy O’Boy by Brian Doyle

I received a copy of Brian Doyle’s book Boy O’Boy at the OLA Super Conference from LongPen. If you have never seen the LongPen before it’s definitely something you should check out – it was invented by Margaret Atwood so that she and other authors could sign their books without the need of travelling. You can find out more information at LongPen.com

Below is a review of the book Boy O’Boy. I just had an epiphany… I read so much that I tend to forget or mix up books I have read. To solve this problem I am going to attempt to use my blog to keep track of books I read.

Martin O’Boy has many issues to contend with while growing up in Ottawa during the Second World War. His beloved grandmother just past away, his parents are constantly fighting about money and his twin brother is incapacitated. Sometimes when Martin sees other families, he thinks they are perfect and wishes he could switch places. Despite this life isn’t all bad as Martin has his best friend Billy Batson to play Marvel comics games with, his cat Cheap and a friend Buz who is fighting in the war.

Martin and Billy joined the church choir to make money over the summer and met the organist Mr. George who becomes terribly fond of Martin and Billy, in a way that readers recognize to be very inappropriate. Together Martin and Billy deliver justice to Mr. George and in the process become stronger people.

Brian Doyle tackles sensitive issues in this book, yet keeps it appropriate and interesting for children to read through his use of humor. This book is for children aged 7-12 to read. It deals with sensitive issues and it would be a good idea to hold a discussion about this book for the child after s/he reads it. This book was awarded the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award for Children and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award.

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Review of Boy O’Boy by Brian Doyle

I received a copy of Brian Doyle’s book Boy O’Boy at the OLA Super Conference from LongPen. If you have never seen the LongPen before it’s definitely something you should check out – it was invented by Margaret Atwood so that she and other authors could sign their books without the need of travelling. You can find out more information at LongPen.com

Below is a review of the book Boy O’Boy. I just had an epiphany… I read so much that I tend to forget or mix up books I have read. To solve this problem I am going to attempt to use my blog to keep track of books I read.

Martin O’Boy has many issues to contend with while growing up in Ottawa during the Second World War. His beloved grandmother just past away, his parents are constantly fighting about money and his twin brother is incapacitated. Sometimes when Martin sees other families, he thinks they are perfect and wishes he could switch places. Despite this life isn’t all bad as Martin has his best friend Billy Batson to play Marvel comics games with, his cat Cheap and a friend Buz who is fighting in the war.

Martin and Billy joined the church choir to make money over the summer and met the organist Mr. George who becomes terribly fond of Martin and Billy, in a way that readers recognize to be very inappropriate. Together Martin and Billy deliver justice to Mr. George and in the process become stronger people.

Brian Doyle tackles sensitive issues in this book, yet keeps it appropriate and interesting for children to read through his use of humor. This book is for children aged 7-12 to read. It deals with sensitive issues and it would be a good idea to hold a discussion about this book for the child after s/he reads it. This book was awarded the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award for Children and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award.

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