Children's Hardcover Book, Skinny, Robert Burch, Fiction, Young America Book Club, Collectible, Illustrated

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Children's Hardcover Book, Skinny, Robert Burch, Fiction, Young America Book Club, Collectible, Illustrated

A wonderful children's hardcover book called Skinny by Robert Burch. The book is illustrated by Don Sibley. This is a Young America Book Club edition.

Skinny is an eleven-year-old boy, “going on twelve,” who lives in a small town in rural Georgia, probably sometime during the 1950s. His mother died so long ago he can barely remember her. Then his father passed away recently, so he’s an orphan. Right now, there’s not enough room at the orphanage for him, so he’s been staying and working at the hotel owned by Miss Bessie. Even though he’d gone to school two or three weeks every year, he never learned how to read and write because there was always cotton to pick so his pa pulled him out, and besides, Pa didn’t believe much in education anyway. If Miss Bessie were married, the county people might let her adopt Skinny, so he hopes some kind of arrangements can be made to enable him to stay with her instead of being sent to the orphans' home. Skinny enjoys doing chores at the hotel and spending time with Miss Bessie, Roman, a former member of the chain gang whom Miss Bessie rescued to work for her, Peachy the cook, R.F.D a rat terrier, and the hotel guests. Skinny makes friends with Calvin, the son of carnival workers, and the two boys make plans to run away. Will they, do it? Will Miss Bessie get married? What will happen to Skinny? Where will he go?

Robert Joseph Burch (1925 – 2007) was an American writer of 19 children's books whose readers are "usually young adolescents". Many of his stories are based on his childhood experiences in rural Georgia during the Great Depression. He was born in Fayette County, Georgia, and spent the majority of his life there.

8¼ inches in length
5½ inches in width
Published by The Viking Press -- 1964 -- Young America Book Club Edition

This book is in Good condition. The binding is tight. There are no marks in the book. The pages are yellowed and darkened from age. The cover has staining on the spine and bending at the corners.

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The joy of finding my favorite childhood book! Great sellers- good deal- thank you so very much. And I deeply appreciate the kind note you sent too.

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