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WISHIN' AND HOPIN'
Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
This is a heartwarming slice of life in 1964 as seen through the eyes of 10-year-old Felix Funicello, distant cousin of reigning teen queen Annette. Having the narrative filter through the pop culture of the day gives the story an authentic feel. The entertaining characters will bring back youthful memories.
It's the fall of 1964 in Three Rivers, Conn., and Felix is trying to navigate the fifth grade at the parochial school where Mother Filomina's word is law. Felix is the shortest, scrawniest kid in the class (even counting the girls) and bears a striking resemblance to Dondi, an adorable comic strip war orphan.
Reviewed By: Sandra Garcia-Myers
Published: November 2009