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Dennis Ganahl writes laugh out loud stories that tell heart warming stories about Catholic boys who are expected to act like saints growing up in 1963. Each chapter is its own story with a surprise ending. The boys don't have helicopter parents. They have adventures in school and on camp outs in their backyard. They get dirty crawling in sewers, playing in creeks, going to Dennis Ganahl writes laugh out loud stories that tell heart warming stories about Catholic boys who are expected to act like saints growing up in 1963. Each chapter is its own story with a surprise ending. The boys don't have helicopter parents. They have adventures in school and on camp outs in their backyard. They get dirty crawling in sewers, playing in creeks, going to the drive in and playing summer baseball. You will see yourself and many of your friends in this book that tells great stories for kids and adults alike. The author writes about life in 1963 in vivid detail. He describes the people, their clothes, the games they play and the food they eat in the modern suburban homes. Ganahl also tells jokes about the rules of the street and the hoods who are always trying to take other kids' money and how the kids get back at them. Ganahl writes stories like Mark Twain, Jean Shepherd, Bill Bryson, Wally Lamb and Laura Ingalls-Wilder. The main character, narrator, Mickey McBride and his friends don't want to get caught doing something they're not supposed to do by their parents. The book’s characters are lovable and the lessons they learn in life can’t be ignored. Let's meet some of the memorable characters you'll meet. "Streak has blonde wavy hair and stands six feet tall and ramrod straight. His muscles always bulge out of a black sleeveless t-shirt that he wears with skintight blue jeans, wide black belt with with a big silver buckle, and black motorcycle boots with silver chains across the tops. Streak oozes cool." "Sister Henry doesn't tell us what to do. She is shepherding us with silent, subtle commando orders like slightly nodding her head, narrowing her eyes, or cocking and twisting her head. All of her commands are accompanied by her unspoken threat, "Do what I'm telling you or there will be swift punishment." "Stubby is the funniest kid. He is short and as round a a playground ball. He is a spitting image of 'Curly' and he can imitate every facial expression, sound effect, joke and gimmick Curly ever used. He doesn't stop clowning around until somebody wets his pants." You will enjoy this book and you will laugh out loud as you learn about or remember what it was like being a kid and growing in the 1960s.


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Dennis Ganahl writes laugh out loud stories that tell heart warming stories about Catholic boys who are expected to act like saints growing up in 1963. Each chapter is its own story with a surprise ending. The boys don't have helicopter parents. They have adventures in school and on camp outs in their backyard. They get dirty crawling in sewers, playing in creeks, going to Dennis Ganahl writes laugh out loud stories that tell heart warming stories about Catholic boys who are expected to act like saints growing up in 1963. Each chapter is its own story with a surprise ending. The boys don't have helicopter parents. They have adventures in school and on camp outs in their backyard. They get dirty crawling in sewers, playing in creeks, going to the drive in and playing summer baseball. You will see yourself and many of your friends in this book that tells great stories for kids and adults alike. The author writes about life in 1963 in vivid detail. He describes the people, their clothes, the games they play and the food they eat in the modern suburban homes. Ganahl also tells jokes about the rules of the street and the hoods who are always trying to take other kids' money and how the kids get back at them. Ganahl writes stories like Mark Twain, Jean Shepherd, Bill Bryson, Wally Lamb and Laura Ingalls-Wilder. The main character, narrator, Mickey McBride and his friends don't want to get caught doing something they're not supposed to do by their parents. The book’s characters are lovable and the lessons they learn in life can’t be ignored. Let's meet some of the memorable characters you'll meet. "Streak has blonde wavy hair and stands six feet tall and ramrod straight. His muscles always bulge out of a black sleeveless t-shirt that he wears with skintight blue jeans, wide black belt with with a big silver buckle, and black motorcycle boots with silver chains across the tops. Streak oozes cool." "Sister Henry doesn't tell us what to do. She is shepherding us with silent, subtle commando orders like slightly nodding her head, narrowing her eyes, or cocking and twisting her head. All of her commands are accompanied by her unspoken threat, "Do what I'm telling you or there will be swift punishment." "Stubby is the funniest kid. He is short and as round a a playground ball. He is a spitting image of 'Curly' and he can imitate every facial expression, sound effect, joke and gimmick Curly ever used. He doesn't stop clowning around until somebody wets his pants." You will enjoy this book and you will laugh out loud as you learn about or remember what it was like being a kid and growing in the 1960s.

8 review for Heroes & Hooligans Growing Up in the City of Saints

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Hutton

    I'm so glad I read this book. I grew up in the same neighborhood as the author, Dennis Ganahl. His book brought back sweet memories of people and places I haven't thought of in a very long time. W.T. Grants, the St. Ann Library, "Wilbur", and Sargent Rogers, Robby, WOW! Dennis has a knack of writing from within a young boy's mind and heart, sharing his thoughts, emotions, and secrets. Dennis is a very talented, gifted, imaginative and humorous writer. I found myself telling my husband time and a I'm so glad I read this book. I grew up in the same neighborhood as the author, Dennis Ganahl. His book brought back sweet memories of people and places I haven't thought of in a very long time. W.T. Grants, the St. Ann Library, "Wilbur", and Sargent Rogers, Robby, WOW! Dennis has a knack of writing from within a young boy's mind and heart, sharing his thoughts, emotions, and secrets. Dennis is a very talented, gifted, imaginative and humorous writer. I found myself telling my husband time and again, "You've got to read this book"! I need to know when the sequel will be out!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Clayton Rubach

  3. 5 out of 5

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  4. 5 out of 5

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  5. 5 out of 5

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  6. 5 out of 5

    Charlie Hughes

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jovany Agathe

  8. 5 out of 5

    Donald Gillette

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