The Adventures of a Little Boy Trying to Grow Up
Acorn Independent Press (338 pp.)
$12.95 paperback, $5.99 e-book
ISBN: 978-1909121461; March 25, 2014
Kirkus Reviews says:
“In his debut childhood memoir, Tammela recalls his various escapades while growing up in late 1930s and early 1940s Niagara Falls, Canada.
“… Debut author Tammela’s memoir is quite entertaining, told through a child’s eye with folksy wit reminiscent of Jean Shepherd’s narration in A Christmas Story. “Armie and Jackie had zero desire for any such thing, but they were trapped,” he says, for example, about the pressure to perform for adults to earn treats at Halloween.
“…Let’s hope Tammela is considering a sequel set in Toronto. Charming, humorously observed boyhood anecdotes.”
Find out how boys had fun in the 1930’s and 40’s…
Jackie was an average kid growing up in a Finnish household in Niagara Falls, Canada in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s. He had two older brothers, Eric, who “picked on him”, Armie, who was great at building forts and battle games and an older sister called Liisa, who was a bit too keen on “schooling” him.
In this true story, you can join Jackie on his adventures as he deals with the pains of growing up, from the terrors of the school nurse to the pangs of his first crush with a good few snowball fights thrown in for good measure. Well, after all, it is Canada the land of ice and snow!
Portland Book Review says, “Jackie’s progression is the most enjoyable thing about the story; he is prone to avoiding activities at the beginning of the novel because they frighten him, but by the end he’s determined to prove to himself and everyone around him that he’s capable of doing whatever he wants to do.”
Book Review Buzz says, “This book may seem best suited for middle grade readers but not so. There are oldsters, grand-parents and parents too who will become teary-eyed as they recall similar experiences.”
Just One More Page says, “Reading this book is kind of like having your grandpa (or great- grandpa) sit down with you and talk about the good ol days ‘when I was a boy…'”