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The Shadow year by Jeffrey Ford

book jacketI really enjoyed this one. Perhaps it's because of my age, but something about the way this story was told reminded me of what it was like when I was a kid.... not the creepy prowler part but that freedom we used to have, biking around the neighbourhood. And yes, I used to even drink for the garden hose. Ha! Did you grow up in the 60's, 70's? Maybe you'll like this book.

Here is a blurb about The Shadow Year: In New York's Long Island, in the unpredictable decade of the 1960s, a young boy laments the approaching close of summer and the advent of sixth grade. Growing up in a household with an overworked father whom he rarely sees, an alcoholic mother who paints wonderful canvases that are never displayed, an older brother who is both tormentor and protector, and a younger sister who inhabits her own secret world, the boy takes his amusements where he can find them. Some of his free time is spent in the basement of the family's modest home, where he and his brother Jim, have created Botch Town, a detailed cardboard replica of their community. And so the time passes, until the night a prowler is reported stalking the neighbourhood. The boys appoint themselves as ad hoc investigators and set out to help the police.