Boy's Life

Robert R. McMannon

My Summary

Cory Mackenson's life as a child in Zephyr is one of mystery, magic, and even more mystery just waiting to unfold. After a murder in the small town in Alabama takes place, Cory's father learns about how true evil can lurk anywhere in the world. The murder mystery comes up now and again as more clues rise, but Cory's life as a boy happens throughout the story. His boyhood happens as any other's might happen in the magic world of one's own childhood. The common playful antics and defenses against the ever changing world around him creates several bends and turns for the 12 year old to explore.

My Favorite Boy's Life Quote

This quote can be found at the very beginning of the book, but i think the quote is powerful and tells a lot about what McCammon believes in.

"See, this is my opinion: we all start out knowing magic. We are born with whirlwinds, forest fires, and comets inside us. We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand. But then we get the magic educated right out of our souls. We get it churched out, spanked out, washed out, and combed out. We get put on the straight and narrow and told to be responsible."

McCammon, Robert R. Boy’s Life. New York: Pocket, 1991. Print.

Important Boy's Life Characters

Cory Mackenson

Adventurous 12 year old boy who is very talented with magic. His use of imagination and understanding of the world allow him to use courage, connection skills, and be a true friend to those who need him.

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Ben Sears

One of Cory's better friends, Ben is in the same grade as Cory. He is a little on the overweight side, and after spending the night at his house Cory sees the nature of Ben's family. Ben's dad shows that he gets drunk most nights. Cory sees the courage and strength Ben has in dealing with a father that becomes changed at night, and a mother who is afraid that one day her husband will not be there any more.

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The Lady

There is a small town just a couple of miles from Zephyr, called Bruton, that inhabits mostly people of color. In the town, a sort of mayor figure is present. Her name is The Lady. Many people of Zephyr fear her as they believe she deals with witchery and other supernatural events. She hears a story about Cory helping the town of Bruton, and gives him a bike as a sign of her thankfulness which he names Rocket.

Nemo Curliss

This young boy is just a couple years younger than Cory, and is the new kid of the town early on in the book. Cory discovers that this kid, despite having a lisp and a runt-like body, has the arm of a professional baseball player. He has the precision and power that is unmatched by anybody Cory and his friends have ever seen.

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Awesome Review *****

I give this book 5 reading glasses! Boy's life was very good, one of my favorite books ever. I am sure to read it more than just the one time that i had to in school.