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The Boy on the Beach by Mary Towne
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The Boy on the Beach

by Mary Towne

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Oh there are so many stories for children about WWII. At least this one focuses entirely on the home front. I'd heard some about polio, but learned a lot more about it from this book. And Ruth and Russ are interesting enough characters in their own right. Still, I have to admit I'm getting tired of reading books that kids 'should' read, and want more that are just for fun. A master story-teller can embed lessons in a great story that has humor and excitement - and this one didn't quite succeed. ( )
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It's 1943, and the world is at war. As the fighting escalates overseas, a polio epidemic grips children in the U.S. Twelve-year-old Ruth is trying to cope with these issues while going through challenges of her own. The only thing Ruth enjoys that summer is her family's trips to Jones Beach. There she meets a lifeguard, an older boy named Russ. Russ seems young, friendly, and fit, and he listens to Ruth and makes her feel special. But why is Russ not fighting in the war? Could he be a draft dodger? Then, one day, Ruth discovers Russ's secret and learns a lasting lesson about courage.

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During her family's visits to the beach on Long Island, Ruth makes friends with a lifeguard who helps her handle her worries about the war, an outbreak of polio, and being the youngest girl in sixth grade.

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