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By Donald R. Dempsey

A Hoffer Award Grand Prize Finalist, and famous by way of the Hoffer Awards as the most effective new memoirs of the year

"Heartrending and humorous." Kirkus Reviews

"Highly recommended." Dr. Alan Gettis, Ph.D., writer of The Happiness Solution

"An unforgettable memoir." San Francisco ebook Review

In the culture of Frank McCourt and Angela's Ashes, Don Dempsey makes use of Betty's Child to inform the tale of existence together with his merciless and neglectful mom, his mother's abusive boyfriends, and hypocritical church leaders who are looking to shop twelve-year-old Donny's soul yet forget about threats to his actual health. in the meantime, Donny's ally is making an attempt to recruit Donny to do petty robbery and deal medicinal drugs for a perilous neighborhood thug.

Young Donny is a real-life go among Huckleberry Finn and Holden Caulfield as he tells his tale, with purely his road smarts and humorousness to steer him. Donny does every thing he can to maintain himself and his more youthful brothers, yet with each one new improvement, the current turns into extra fraught with peril--and the long run extra doubtful.

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My mom attempted to behave happy to determine me, yet i may inform my arrival made her anxious. Tony simply saved chomping on his burger and stuffing fries in his mouth, looking at us with grease and crumbs dripping off his lips, his darkish eyes looking at us with out obvious emotion. “Tony obtained us McDonald’s,” Betty stated proudly. nice, he can pay with a number of cash’ worthy of nutrition for what different men shell out chilly money, and also you imagine he’s a swell man. “There are a pair extra burgers and a few fries in that bag,” Tony provided. He was once within the comparable silly white T-shirt and wore an identical chain. i used to be starting to ponder whether he in simple terms owned one blouse or had a drawer jam-packed with them. “Dig in. ” great try out, asshole. “No thank you. ” i used to be hungry, yet I wasn’t approximately to devour a rattling factor he paid for. “Can i've got his? ” Tommy requested. I shot him a glare which he neglected. You didn’t get to be as enormous as Tommy used to be with no consuming much. Tony didn’t say a notice, yet my mom stuffed within the silent hole sooner than it turned too awkward. “Sure, honey. support your self. ” Tommy gave Tony a huge grin and snatched up the bag. Tony didn’t smile again. I didn’t say whatever, and Tommy me as much as my room with Benji correct in the back of us. “I have to check with you! ” my mom referred to as after me. i presumed approximately ignoring her yet spoke back, “I’ll be correct backpedal. ” after we have been in my room and the door used to be correctly closed, I dumped all my newly gained nickels on my bed and snatched the bag out of Tommy’s hand. He had 1/2 one of many burgers already gobbled. He grinned at me round his mouthful of nutrients whereas I took the opposite burger out of the bag and got rid of the wrapper. After wiping off as a lot of the ketchup as i may with a paper napkin—and the onions—I tore it and tossed the smaller part to my puppy. Tommy snatched the bag again. “I idea you didn’t wish any. ” “Not the place he can see me devour it. ” Tommy didn’t say something, knowing my concern. He reached within the bag and pulled out a handful of fries, tossing a couple of to Benji ahead of jamming the total wad in his maw. “You’re gross,” I instructed him. “Yeah? ” He ripped the end off a bag of ketchup and squirted it into his mouth, blending it with the mess he used to be already chewing. He then opened his mouth as large as he may, revealing the combination of greasy potatoes and ketchup, asking, “And how gross is that? ” He nearly gagged as he requested his query, and that bought me to chuckling at him. I grabbed a number of fries sooner than he had the opportunity to devour all of them. collecting up my nickels, I dropped them right into a sock and concealed them below my bed. I wasn’t approximately to belief Tommy with the data of the hiding position at the back of my table, or enable him know the way a lot cash I had kept. He requested how a lot I’d received. I advised him it felt like approximately 3 greenbacks by way of the burden of it, yet he didn’t appear too drawn to my loot except that straightforward query. Benji used to be chewing at the ketchup wrapper Tommy had dropped. I dumped the final of the fries out of the bag and wiped clean up all of the extra paper whereas my puppy avidly wolfed them up. “Donny!

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