Marshfield Memories: More Stories About Growing Up
Marshfield Memories: More Stories About Growing Up
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Annotation: This heartfelt memoir sequel captures the boyhood years of twelve-year-old Ralph Fletcher in relatable episodes of everyday triumphs and disappointments.
Genre: [Biographies]
Catalog Number: #168881
Format: Perma-Bound from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: xv, 191 pages
Availability: Available (Limited Quantities Available / While Supplies Last)
ISBN: Publisher: 1-627-79524-3 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-2730-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-627-79524-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-2730-3
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 2018004256
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Fletcher relates more stories about growing up in a large, close-knit family in the 1960s in this winsome sequel to Marshfield Dreams? (2005). Here he details his "in-between" years and includes family photographs and a hand-drawn map of his neighborhood. He purposely says little about the year his family experienced tremendous loss (recounted in Marshfield Dreams) but acknowledges that it shaped his life. As the oldest of 8 siblings until age 18 (when a sister was born), he was responsible for his younger siblings ich meant they all frequently got into trouble, like when they got filthy catching 63 frogs from the nearby swamp. Fletcher loved his first Zenith transistor radio, collected and shot marbles, hated learning to square dance in P.E., and was afraid of girls. In more serious stories, he encounters a bully, witnesses a racist incident, and is shocked by a friend's death. Fletcher loved writing poetry but struggled to make his "words fly." They take flight now in this lovingly written, humorous, and poignant memoir.
Horn Book
This companion memoir to Marshfield Dreams (2005) continues Fletcher's poignant, very brief episodes from a (mostly) carefree upbringing as the oldest of nine kids. Fans of the author will recognize seeds of later work as Fletcher sensitively captures the pivotal tenuousness between adolescence and adulthood. An epilogue discusses how, a few years after these memories, the sudden death of his brother sifted life into "Before and After."
Kirkus Reviews
A second set of childhood memories from the author of Marshfield Dreams (2005)—these spun around the feeling of being an "in-betweener" in his family as eldest of eight (later nine) siblings.Fletcher opens with an elaborate neighborhood map ("Marshfield was my Middle-earth," he writes) and goes on in short chapters to recall the pleasures—and sometimes tribulations—of being a Boy Scout, playing marbles, joining a muddy scramble to gather a bucket full of frogs, having the house to himself for a day, getting a pocket transistor radio, and like treasured moments around age 10. Other memories, such as learning that a Sunday school acquaintance who shared his love for chocolate Necco Wafers had died and seeing his school bus driver Ruben Gonsalves silently watch his son get slapped (wondering since if the 1964 incident would have even happened in his "white town…but for the color of their skin"), spark more complex responses. In an epilogue he tallies other less halcyon memories, capped by the later death of a brother covered in greater detail in the previous volume. Still, like the mock funeral his friends gave him when he and his family moved away from Marshfield, readers will find these reminiscences "sad, funny, a little weird, and very sweet."Engaging episodes, not beyond the ken of the current generation and lit with just enough sentiment to give them a warm glow. (Memoir. 9-11)
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Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 5-9
Lexile: 700L

As the oldest of ten kids, Ralph was often cast as another parent to his siblings rather than an older brother. Teetering between these two conflicting roles, Ralph longed to be home alone on a sick day, but hated the emptiness of feeling left behind. He loved to play marbles with the neighborhood boys but resented the skillful victories of his little brother Jimmy. Thrust into the expectations of impending adolescence, Ralph was curious about girls, but repelled by the improper kissing advances of his first cousin. This satisfying memoir offers a snapshot of the pivotal moments between boyhood and adolescence, all while further tracing the roots of Ralph Fletcher's acclaimed storytelling. For fans of Jon Scieszka's memoir Knucklehead.A Christy Ottaviano Book

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