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Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Meby Nan Marino
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Its the summer of 1969—the moon landing, Woodstock, the Vietnam War—the world is changing fast. But none of that matters right now on Ramble Street, because Muscle Man McGinty has done the unthinkable. Hes bragged that he can beat the ENTIRE block in a game of kickball. On Ramble Street, tough talk about kickball cannot be ignored. For Tamara Ann Simpson, this is great news. Now shell finally be able to prove to everyone what a wormy little liar Muscle Man really is. Theres just one problem: What if everyone takes his side anyway?
"It's July 1969 and while the attention of everyone else in her Long Island neighborhood is on the impending moonwalk, Tamara Ann Simpson's focus is the black hole created by the sudden departure of her best friend, Kebsie, a foster child who lived across the street. She directs her considerable anger at Douglas McGinty, the new foster kid, whom she ironically dubs 'Muscle Man.' In her self-absorbed grief, Tammy fails to see that the whoppers Douglas tells-he's training for the 1972 Olympics, he's sung on Broadway-are his way of coping with a major loss of his own. 'Muscle Man McGinty is a squirrelly runt, a lying snake, and a pitiful excuse for a ten-year old,' Tammy's narration begins. 'The problem is.... only I can see him for what he really is.' Indeed, among the well-realized cast of scruffy neighborhood pals, no one joins Tammy's campaign to unmask Muscle Man as a phony. But author Marino, in her debut, pulls off the neat trick of having created a sullen, feisty protagonist who is worthy of redemption. Ages 8-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
It's the summer of 1969, and things are not only changing in Tamara's little Long Island town, but in the world. Perhaps Tamara could stand to take one small step toward a bit of compassion and understanding?
A tender story about a tough-as-nails girl forced to take one small step towards understanding during the summer of 1969.
Tamara Ann Simpson is determined to expose Muscle Man McGinty, a foster boy new to her neighborhood, for the liar that she knows he is. Muscle Man tells the other kids his uncle is Neil Armstrong and he even has the audacity to challenge the entire block to a kickball game. So, why is Tamara the only one who can see through this kid? Its the summer of 1969 and things are changing in Tamaras little town of Massapequa, Long Island, and in the world. Perhaps Tamara can take one small step towards a bit of compassion and understanding.
"Muscle Man McGinty is a squirrelly runt, a lying snake, and a pitiful excuse for a ten-year old......the problem is that no one knows it but me. In the entire town of Massapequa Park, only I can see him for what he really is. A phony.
It's the summer of 1969, and things are not only changing in Tamara's little Long Island town, but in the world. Perhaps Tamara could stand to take one small step toward a bit of compassion and understanding? A terrific debut novel with truly vivid characters and a wonderful voice.
About the Author
NAN MARINO grew up in Massapequa, New York and now lives on the Jersey shore with her husband and hyperactive dog, where she works as a librarian. This is her first book.
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