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Ratting on Russo: A novel
Of all the boomers coming of age in 1950s Pittsburgh, whose reverence was greater for Jimmy Doolittle and the 1950 Studebaker than that of Martin Badger? But whose bodily parts more rebellious? Whose 8th grade peers more annoying? Whose accordion more out of tune? Misdeeds more heinous? Romances more blundered? Whose long odds worse–we mean, besides Russo?
The Checker Players
“Intelligence and humor…. It has that rare substance.” — New York Times Book Review
Bright new hardcover edition just out!
“A story that will delight young children.” – School Library Journal
“Barton’s sketches capture the humor in this elementary lesson that two can do better than one.” — Publisher’s Weekly
“Charm and sense.” — New York Magazine
What classroom teachers say:
Nutty to Meet You! Dr. Peanut Book #1
“Peanuts don’t talk…or do they? A charming story of friendship from the perspective of one Dr. Peanut [who] encounters giants (human children) who…may turn him into a quick snack. But he is delightfully surprised…. [C]ute drawings.” –Reviewer’s Choice, Children’s Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review
“Plain pea-nutty fun.” — Old Schoolhouse Magazine
Take Me With You When You Go
“A magical book, a unique fairy tale of a brother and sister, trees sprouting overnight from seeds, and ‘talking’ marionettes. As a read-aloud or as a read-on-your-own book, this story is so unusual that it pulls you from one page to the next. [F]or ages 6-10, but older children who like odd fairy tales will enjoy it too. The brown-tint illustrations also contribute to the old-fashioned appeal of the story. I found myself looking ahead to see the next picture.” — Susan K. Marlow, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
“A remarkable story of how the need to win can destroy a high school life. A fascinating read, cover to cover.” –Midwest Book Review
Pittsburgh’s Westinghouse High School Bulldogs were legendary. So was Coach Cesare, whose players’ astonishing record made him a guru to other coaches on how to turn young bodies to iron. Then there were the actual players, John Brewer among them, some highly talented, some simply courageous, all sworn to silence about the physical and mental price they paid for the team to win at any cost.
And there were the ex-players, most of them, standing on streetcorners, faking old handoffs with a bottle of wine.
What was really going on inside the Bulldogs’ private room? How many scars and concussions on the field would it take for someone to step up and speak the truth?
This is an inspiring, triumphant memoir of father and son that every young player, coach, and parent should read.