"What boys do (but not why), bullies, parents, and sleepovers outside are carefully limned, but readers never lose a sense that this all happened very long ago (the late '50s, to judge from the song 'Earth Angel') in a downtrodden small town near Everywhere. (Fiction. YA)"
In the summer that he's 12, Larry and his friends, Witt and Rafferty, do what boys do in this literary, if not quite satisfying, coming-of-ager.
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