Martin O'Boy's life is not easy. His beloved Granny has just died, his pregnant mother and father fight all the time, and his twin, Phil, is completely incapacitated. For Martin, however, life in Ottawa's Lowertown is not all bad: there's his best friend, Billy Batson, the movies, his one-eared cat Cheap, and then there's Buz, his glamorous next door neighbor, who's off at the war.As the war comes to an end with the bombing of Hiroshima, Ottawa is in a state of turmoil - returning soldiers, parties, fights, and drunks fill the streets. All very exciting, except for one thing: Martin and Billy joined the church choir to earn some money, and the organist, Mr. T. D. S. George, is very interested in Martin. As the reader knows, though Martin doesn't, this interest is a very dangerous thing. But Martin has a pure soul, Billy's friendship, his cat's affection, Buz's imminent return, and his Granny's love - which all help him to deliver justice to Mr. George and heal himself and others. Boy O'Boy is a sensitively written story of a young boy's triumph over sexual abuse.
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