Boy OBoy

Paperback | February 22, 2005

byBrian Doyle

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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.

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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...

Brian Doyle is a four-time winner of the Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year for Children Award. His American honors include being selected for the Horn Book's Fanfare List, the ABA "Pick of the Lists" and the New York Public Library's Best Books for the Teen Age. He has also won the NSK Neustadt Pr...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.5 × 5.1 × 0.5 inPublished:February 22, 2005Publisher:Groundwood Books LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0888996543

ISBN - 13:9780888996541

Appropriate for ages: 11

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"...Doyle's genius lies in the ability to temper his humorous nostalgia with a razor-sharp edge." - Vancouver Sun"...Doyle's writing is consistently lyrical and beautiful. He is able to convey through character dialogue a consistent and clear picture of setting and timeline." - CM Magazine"...one of our finest writers for children...Here's a novel of richness, a mature artistic expression." - Toronto Star"An extraordinary writer, he neatly walks the fine line between tragedy and comedy, almost seamlessly melding them." - Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW"Doyle can suck readers into a world like nobody else...his city neighbourhood teems with moments of vigorous human existence..." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"Doyle proves he is more than an award winner. He is a daring writer who skates on some dangerous ice, whirls through some complicated moves and is triumphant." - Guelph Mercury"This is a heartbreaking book of uncommon beauty - not an unusual thing coming from Brian Doyle, but remarkable nonetheless because it gets straight to the heart of evil with extraordinary clarity and delicacy, and without a drop of sentimentality." - Globe and Mail"With a writing style that gives a realistic impression of a story told by a child...Doyle pulls in the reader with descriptions and dialogue perfectly representative of the time." - Amazon.ca