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Bobby Slater's World

Length: 337 pages4 hours


Summer, 1964, and for thirteen-year-old Bobby Slater, one of those rich summer kids up on Baker Lake, it’s idyllic - swimming, fishing, baseball, hiking the mountains around the lake, camping on the islands, but what Bobby wants is a girlfriend.

Be careful what you wish for, Bobby.

Bobby gets his girl, a local girl, an Indian cutie, and it’s one soda, two straws, foreheads touching, eyes lost in love like in those romance comics Bobby’s little sister collects and Bobby peruses sometimes, when no one is around. It’s bliss except the girl is fickle. Sometimes she’s sweet and funny, sometimes not, and it’s because she’s living with a centuries-old curse.

Bobby will lead the fight against the curse and he’ll have help from people living and dead. He’ll have his sisters and his loyal sidekick, Cousin Joe, who spends summers with the family, and Bobby will have a grumpy Indian war chief and the local gypsy fortune teller, and from the other side, there’s Sophronia, the Indian girl’s mom, dead ten years, a victim of the curse. Mostly, though, it’s on Bobby Slater. Can he break down the barrier that divides the summer people from the locals? Can he bring them all together to save the girl?

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