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Block Boy: Memories of Another Time and Place Richard T. Vacca

Block Boy: Memories of Another Time and Place

Richard T. Vacca

Published December 12th 2008
ISBN : 9781425179519
Paperback
75 pages
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Block Boy: Memories of Another Time and Place is a memoir told in verse. It captures a critical time in the life of the author growing up in an Italian-American neighborhood populated by old world immigrants, their adult children, and the children ofMoreBlock Boy: Memories of Another Time and Place is a memoir told in verse. It captures a critical time in the life of the author growing up in an Italian-American neighborhood populated by old world immigrants, their adult children, and the children of the children of immigrants.Its the 1950s. Disneylands being built somewhere, but Richie doesnt care. The blocks his Disneyland. He and his extended family live on East 108th street between Second and Third Avenue in East Harlem, Manhattan. His dads a house painter, his mom, once a seamstress, devotes herself to raising three boys and keeping them out of trouble. The block is Richies world. He roams the street and rooftops too in search of fun and a risk or two. Hes a block boy. The block is his playing field- the block is his safe haven. Stoopballs his game- stickball, too. For kids on the street, life revolves around little rubber balls-spaldeens-and the games they play. Yet Richie carries a burden deep within. On the block, hes the stoopball king, but inside he feels like an eagle with broken wings. He struggles in school. He cant read. Then one day in July the block is pulled out from under his feet. His familys moving to Long Island. They have no choice. The City of New York will be tearing down the block to build a school. Richies too young to appreciate the irony, but what will become of him without the block?