Winner of the Canadian Library Association Book of the
Year, the Geoffrey Bilson Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award, and an
ALA Notable Books List selection
Martin O''Boy''s life is not easy. His beloved Granny has just
died, his pregnant mother and father fight all the time and his
twin, Phil, is completely incapacitated. Martin is the one his
mother counts on.
But life in Ottawa''s Lowertown is not all bad. He has his best
friend, Billy Batson (a.k.a. Captain Marvel), the movies, his cat
Cheap and there''s the glamorous Buz from next door, who is off at
the war.As the war comes to an end with the bombing of Hiroshima --
on Martin''s birthday -- Ottawa is in a state of turmoil. Returning
soldiers, parties, fights and drunks fill the streets.
It would all be very exciting, except for one thing. In their
endless pursuit of more funds Martin and Billy have joined the
church choir -- as summer boys. And the organist, Mr. T.D.S.
George, is awfully fond of Martin. But Martin, despite his
hardships, has a pure soul and his Granny''s love, Billy''s
friendship, Buz''s imminent return, and even his mother''s reliance
on him, which help him to deliver a kind of justice to Mr. George,
and to heal himself and others.