WEST END KID: Tales from the Forties
An imaginative collection of nine short stories about a group of kids growing up in Hamilton, Ontario during WWII. 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?
• Is there a thief on the loose at the boys’ summer camp?
These coming of age stories capture the spirit of the times and reflect the age-old challenges facing every generation.
(And, yes, that’s my photo on the cover when I was about 9. During the war we lived in a wartime housing development in West Hamilton. There was a shallow pond at the corner of the street on which we could skate in winter.)
Some sites may still list my earlier print book, “Learning the Ropes: Tales of Youthful Survival“, published in 2004 and now long out of print. “West End Kid” contains some of those stories which I’ve revised.