Sunday, October 13, 2013

Paperboy by Tony Macaulay....Review & Giveaway!

Good Morning, Readers. I promised you a great read today and boy do I have one! Paperboy by Tony MaCaulay is a true gem and one I know you will love. Here is the scoop...


It's Belfast, 1975. The city lies under the dark cloud of the Troubles, and hatred fills the air like smoke. But Tony Macaulay has just turned twelve and he's got a new job. He's going to be a paperboy. And come rain or shine - or bombs and mortar - he will deliver…

Paperboy lives in Upper Shankill, Belfast, in the heart of the conflict between Loyalists and Republicans. Bombings are on the evening news, rubble lies where buildings once stood, and rumours spread like wildfire about the IRA and the UDA.

But Paperboy lives in a world of Doctor Who, Top of the Pops and fish suppers. His battles are fought with all the passion of Ireland's opposing sides - but against acne, the dentist and the 'wee hoods' who rob his paper money. On his rounds he hums songs by the Bay City Rollers, dreams about outer space and dreams even more about the beautiful Sharon Burgess.

In this touching, funny and nostalgic memoir, Tony Macaulay recounts his days growing up in Belfast during the Troubles, the harrowing years which saw neighbour fighting neighbour and brother fighting brother. But in the midst of all this turmoil, Paperboy, a scrappy upstart with a wicked sense of humour and sky-high dreams, dutifully goes about his paper round. He is a good paperboy, so he is.
Paperboy proves that happiness can be found even in the darkest of times; it is a story that will charm your socks off, make you laugh out loud and brings to life the culture, stories and colourful characters of a very different - but very familiar - time.

I found this book to be not only touching but incredibly rich in humor.  Young Tony will have you laughing despite the trying times he faces during the "Troubles".  As a reader I found it heartwarming that this boy could remain so lighthearted amongst such turmoil.  Then I figured it out ..he was simply growing up the way we all do but faced with more upheaval and danger than most.  This book is nostalgic in a way that will make you feel like Tony is one of your pals and I guaranty you will sad to see it end.  Well done  Mr. Macaulay!  Pick up your copy today on Amazon...
 
 I am so pleased to tell you the publisher is giving one lucky RBM reader a copy of Paperboy! Thanks so much to the sponsor and here is how to enter... a Rafflecopter giveaway

28 comments:

Anita Yancey said...

No, I have never read a Meg Cabot book before. Thanks for having the giveaway.
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slb3334 said...

I have not read any of her books.

Kimberly said...

I have read Meg Cabot books before.

missy schutz said...

I have never read Meg Cabot.

Marilyn said...

I have never read any of her books.

Stephanie Larison said...

No I haven't read it or anything from her.

Krystal said...

I have not read a Meg Cabot book before.

Kortney Nelson said...

I cannot lie, I have not.

Heather said...

I have not read a Meg Cabot book before

Brittany M said...

I never have, but I'm always looking for something new to read.

eclairre said...

I have never read Meg Cabot.

kat said...

No, sorry to say but I haven't.

Nancy said...

I have not read this author's books before.

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GeorgiaBeckman said...

I have not read Meg Cabot before, or heard of her. But this book sounds like a real treasure!

Tara Carlson said...

I've not read anything by Meg Cabot yet, but I've definitely heard of her and she's on my to-read list!

katja9_10 said...

I have not read any of her books before, but this book sounds really good.

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katja9_10 said...

I entered the Skeleton for Dinner giveaway.

Les Johnson

StephanieMarie said...

yes :) I read a bunch of her books as a teen :)

StephanieMarie said...

yes :) I read a bunch of her books as a teen :)

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Diana said...

I always loved Meg Cabot books
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Jeremy said...

No, haven't read any of her books yet.

Jessica Wyatt said...

No I've never read any of her books before!

Danielle Lima said...

I read her Abandon Trilogy which was fantastic

Melinda said...

I've never read a Meg Cabot book before, but I think I want to.

Emi Pearce said...

I have never read a Meg Cabot book before.

Susan Smoaks said...

no i have not read a meg cabot book before
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Emmi Jones said...

Oh my god I absolutely love Meg Cabot! My favorite books are from her! <3 Thank you so much for the giveaway and the chance! <3

SweeTidbits said...

Not yet ;)