"Belden Boy" Sequel Now Available: My Sometimes Pal by P.J. HarteNaus
We first met young Peter McDugal at the 2009 CSAA conference at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. As the hero of a newly published book, we found out how a small, sensitive boy in a one-room school dealt with the local school bully.
His creator, CSAA member P.J. HarteNaus, lives in a small town in the Midwest She teaches fifth grade at Abraham Lincoln School and enjoys reading novels, especially historical fiction to her students. Between teaching, raising two beautiful daughters and tending to a house full of dogs, she still finds the time to explore the unglaciated area of Galena in the Northwest corner of Illinois. On one of those explorations, she came upon a deserted one-room school house called Belden. That find led to numerous discoveries such as old journals and artifacts, names of students and many anecdotal conversations with those who knew about the old school.
The Belden Boy Series, The Adventures of Peter McDugal, was born from that discovery. The rest is history. P.J. now announces her second book in a series entitled, "My Sometimes Pal."
A synopsis of the story:
Long ago, in the rolling green hills of the Mississippi Valley, outside the lead mining town of Galena, young Peter McDugal tries to understand his pal, Franky. A lonely boy, Franky tries to be part of Peter’s family. He’s always happy when Peter’s Ma asks him to stay for supper, or when he can help take care of the sheep Peter won in a Sears Roebuck writing contest. And he can’t wait for Peter to enter his prize sheep, Daisy, in the country fair. After all, that sheep is ‘partly his’!
But there’s a bully side to Franky. And it scares Peter. Sometimes they’re best friends. Then just as suddenly, he’s up to no good with their pals—plotting to get Peter in trouble or make him look foolish. Sometimes he’s darned mean, like when he aims his slingshot at animals. Sometimes he talks Peter into doing things that are plain wrong. Peter knows that friends gotta stick together, but it gives him a belly ache trying to figure out the right thing to do when he’s around Franky.
The grown-ups in Peter’s life know what’s going on. Sort of. Ma tells him to ‘communicate’ with Franky. Pa says Franky was probably bullied himself. Even Peter’s teacher, Miss Bishop, knows about Franky’s pranks, and she’s rightly proud that Peter is trying hard to be a good friend. But they’re not around when Franky turns on him. When that happens, Peter has to deal with Franky himself.
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