Through illustrations, journals, maps, and dreamscapes, Peter Sis shows what life was like for a child under communism who loved to draw, proudly wore the red scarf of a Young Pioneer, stood guard at the giant statue of Stalin, and believed whatever he was told to believe – until the Beatles, the Beach Boys and Peter Max changed all that.
During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.
A shipwreck casts 14-year-old John Spencer, nearly dead, on a Cornish beach where men lie in wait to kill any survivors, hoping to salvage the gold thought to be on board. And that’s just the first adventure…
When you are growing up, there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully -- the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equalizer.