West End Kid: Tales from the Forties
By: Chris Laing
Length: 156 pages
Release date: Sep 13, 2013
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This collection of exciting and bittersweet stories will bring a smile to your face or maybe even a tear. Root for the newspaper boy who suspects one of his customers is a Nazi spy. Will Annie Rooney lure the boys into joining the safety guards? And is there a thief on the loose at the boys’ summer camp? This coming of age collection captures the spirit of the times and reflects the age-old challenges facing every generation.
A reader calling himself Haligonian has written the following review::
"Being an old guy, I was attracted by the 'Forties' in the title. North American kids at that time could not grasp the seriousness of World War II; it just added another layer of excitement to the business of growing up. Chris Laing's detailed recall of the period is astonishing in itself. The added bonus is his ability to capture both the difficulty and the fun kids have working out their own problems and their bafflement with adult behaviour. A nostalgic and rewarding read."