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Doyle, Brian. Uncle Ronald. Douglas & McIntyre, 2004 [0-88899-621-7]
This book is narrated by an one hundred and twelve year old man who can not
remember what he had for lunch but can relate a powerful tale from his
childhood. He grew up with a abusive father.  Finally one day his mother
could not take it any more and takes him and runs away.  She sends Mickey to
his Uncle, who lives on a farm and she disappears.  Life then becomes
complicated at the tax collectors arrive in the Uncle Ronald's town and the
townspeople refuse to pay.  After this is sort of resolved, Mickey's mom
shows up followed in a few days by his abusive father.  Mom stands up to him
and everyone chases dad away.  This 163 page book is a powerful story of an
abusive father in the wilderness of Canada around the turn of the 20th
century.  The idea of having the old man relating the story, starting and
ending the book, makes it more special.

Frederick Muller
Halsted Middle School Library
Newton, NJ
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