Shepherd Avenue by Charlie Carillo
Originally published in 1986, this coming-of-age story was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the American Library Association and called “a remarkably rich first novel” by The Philadelphia Inquirer
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After his mother’s death, a shy 10-year-old boy from the suburbs must find a place for himself with his grandmother’s boisterous Italian-American family in a tough Brooklyn neighborhood in the summer of 1961.
First published in 1986. Named one of the Best Books of that year by the American Library Association.
“Shepherd Avenue is a remarkably rich first novel, filled with marvelous and memorable scenes – Joey’s first stickball game, his first hilarious and poignant brush with sex, his first fight, his first infatuations…What makes these scenes so marvelous is that they are informed always with a sure and true sense of exactly what it is like to be a 10-year-old boy who is trying to make sense of a world that often makes no sense.” — The Philadelphia Inquirer
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