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Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me

Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me

Nan Marino

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A tender story about a tough-as-nails girl forced to take one small step towards understanding during the summer of 1969.

"Muscle Man McGinty is a squirrelly runt, a lying snake, and a pitiful excuse for a ten-year old......the problem is that no one knows it but me. In the entire town of Massapequa Park, only I can see him for what he really is. A phony."

Tamara Ann Simpson is determined to expose Muscle Man McGinty, a foster boy new to her neighborhood, for the liar that she knows he is. Muscle Man tells the other kids his uncle is Neil Armstrong and he even has the audacity to challenge the entire block to a kickball game. So, why is Tamara the only one who can see through this kid?

It's the summer of 1969 and things are changing in Tamara's little town of Massapequa, Long Island, and in the world. Perhaps Tamara can take one small step towards a bit of compassion and understanding.

Arizona Grand Canyon Young Readers Maste, New Jersey Garden State Children's Book Award, South Carolina Children's Book Award Master List, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List, Arizona Grand Canyon Young Readers Master List, Florida Sunshine State YR Award ML, Iowa Children's Choice Award Master List, Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award Master List, South Carolina Children's Book Award ML, CPL: Chicago Public Library Best of the Best, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award ML

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Chapter 1
The Blizzard of '69

Muscle Man McGinty is a squirrelly runt, a lying snake, and a pitiful excuse for a ten-year-old. The problem is that no one on Ramble Street knows it but me. In the entire town of Massapequa Park, only I see...

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Praise for Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me

“It is rare to have a story told with sympathy from the viewpoint of a bully. This debut novel, set in upstate New York in the summer of 1969, does just that with wit and a light touch that never denies the story's sorrows.” —Starred, Booklist

“Marino paints a detailed portrait of the seeming gulf that surrounds a person after loss and the surprising companionship one discovers in the face of desolation.” —Starred, School Library Journal

“A lovingly portrayed look at life during a memorable time in American history; it deserves to be on your child's summer reading list.” —BookPage

“Marino's novel brings a true voice to the pre-teenage girl of the 1960s. Tamara is both lovable and naïve, yet Marino creates a strong young woman who is set in her principles and unrelenting in achieving justice during a historic summer in America.” —ALAN Online

“The authenticity of the time and the voice combine with a poignant plot to reveal a depth unusual in such a straightforward first-person narrative.” —Kirkus Reviews

In the Press

It's July 1969 and while the attention of everyone else in her Long Island neighborhood is on the impending moonwalk, Tamara Ann Simpson's focus is the black hole created by the sudden depar - Publishers Weekly

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About the author

Nan Marino

NAN MARINO spent her childhood daydreaming in oak trees and on garage roofs. She did come down to earth for an occasional game of kickball. She lives at the Jersey shore, with her husband (who has long been obsessed with the 1969 moon landing), and a very hyper dog. Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me is her first book.

Nan Marino

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