Adventures in Nowhere

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Pineapple Press Inc, 2011 - Fiction - 225 pages
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Before Disney and far from the palm-lined Florida beaches, ten-year-old Danny Ryan is transplanted to a tiny community on the hyacinth-choked Hillsborough River outside Tampa, a place his older sister calls Nowhere. But for Danny and his best friend, the irrepressible Alfred Bagley, whose fondest desire is to grow up to be a junk dealer, Nowhere is where adventures lurk and lure them into more trouble than they can handle. More trouble is not what Danny needs as he copes with a family that includes a father sinking into schizophrenia; two sisters, one very ill and the other ready to run away with a shady boyfriend; and a mother trying her best to hold it all together. Yet Danny keeps his good humor, seeking escape on the nearby Hillsborough River or in the little community of Sulphur Springs.

But Danny's adventures take a fateful turn when he begins seeing a mysteriously changing house across the hyacinth-choked Hillsborough. Is he going crazy like his father? With the help of a small band of quirky but faithful allies, Danny searches for and finds himself.

Adventures in Nowhere paints a compelling, imaginative, and often humorous vision of a time, a place, and a way of growing up, allowing a reader to live for a while in the mind of a remarkably thoughtful and intense boy caught at the final edge of childhood.


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"Adventures In Nowhere," is one of those stories that has many elements,it made me feel sad, but also had me laughing, it was a heart wrenching story but also one that left me with hope. It the story ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

John Ames was a Ford Fellow at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. After graduation, he built a rustic house and lived for several years on the edge of a spiritual community at the edge of town. His search for enlightenment ended when he decided that he was too far from a movie theater. He moved inside the city limits and taught English and film for thirty years at Santa Fe College. " He has produced and acted in numerous short films and videos, including the cable TV series Tub Interviews, wherein all the interviewees were required to be in a bathtub. For ten years he reviewed movies for PBS radio station WUFT. He has appeared as a standup comedian and has designed and marketed Florida-themed lamps. He coauthored Second Serve: The Renee Richards Story (Stein and Day, 1983) and its sequel No Way Renee: The Second Half of My Notorious Life (Simon & Schuster, 2007), and Speaking of Florida (University Presses of Florida, 1993).

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