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Doyle, Brian. Boy O'Boy. Groundwood Books, 2005 [0-888999-954-3]
Martin O'Boy (that's his name) lives in Ottawa, Canada during World War II.
The war is drawing to a close but everything is not so great with him.  His
favorite grandmother died, they are low on money, and his parents are
fighting all the time.  Martin and his friend, Billy try to have fun looking
at National Geographics and sneaking into the local movies.  They also spend
a lot of time at the church since they are both in the choir.  The organist
at the church has been very friendly with Martin and Billy.  One day he
takes Martin to an expensive ice cream show and to the park where the
organist touches Martin and tries to get him to touch him.  Martin has the
sense to run away but one day he finds out that the organist is being
friendly with Billy.   Can he get Billy's mother in time?   Can Martin and
Billy find a way to get back at the organist?  Will Billy's brother coming
home from overseas help?  This is the story of two boys living through the
end of World War II.  The child abuse scene is scary but not offensively
descriptive.  This 169 page book shows how a child predator is frequently
someone the child knows and the situation...grows.  It even sneaks up on the
reader.  This is a book with a powerful message which should be on middle
school shelves.

Frederick Muller
Newton, NJ
My book reviews are compiled at
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