My Last Days as Roy Rogers by Pat Cunningham Devoto

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In an Alabama town in the early 1950s during the last polio summer before the Salk vaccine, ten-year-old Tabitha "Tab" Rutland is about to have the time of her life. Although movie theaters and pools have been closed to stem the epidemic, Tab, a tomboy with a passion for Roy Rogers, still seeks adventure with her best friend Maudie May, "the lightest brown colored person" she knows. Now as they meddle with the local bootlegger, Mr. Jake, row out on the Tennessee River to land the biggest catfish ever, and snoop into the town's darkest secrets, Tab sets out to be a hero...and comes of age in an unforgettable confrontation with human frailty, racial injustice, and the healing power of love.

About Pat Cunningham Devoto

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Pat Cunningham Devoto has lived in Atlanta, Georgia, for the past 30 years.
Published January 1, 2001 by Grand Central Publishing. 358 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Westerns, Horror, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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A first novel that affectingly details the bittersweet last summer of childhood, often treating the grimmer events—polio, race, and death—with a cursory, even jaunty vigor.

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The setting for this nostalgic coming-of-age first novel is the last polio summer of 1954, just before the Salk vaccine ended the annual poliomyelitis epidemics. With the Bainbridge, Ala., swimmin

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