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 Muscle Man McGinty is a squirrelly runt a lying snake and a pitiful excuse for a ten year olde problem is that no one knows it but me In the entire town of Massapequa Park only I can see him for wh

Muscle Man McGinty is a squirrelly runt, a lying snake, and a pitiful excuse for a ten year olde 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.It s the summer of 1969, and things are not only changing in Tamara s little Long Island town, but in the world Perhaps Tamara could stand Muscle Man McGinty is a squirrelly runt, a lying snake, and a pitiful excuse for a ten year olde 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.It s the summer of 1969, and things are not only changing in Tamara s little Long Island town, but in the world Perhaps Tamara could stand to take one small step toward a bit of compassion and understanding A terrific debut novel with truly vivid characters and a wonderful voice.

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  1. It s the summer of 69, but we re not talking Woodstock we re talking kickball, Neil Armstrong, and the ice cream man Our narrator, Tamara, has just finished the fifth grade She s unhappy because her best friend has suddenly moved away and in her place a runty, mendacious boy nicknamed Muscle Man has moved in Sadly, she takes her frustration out on poor Muscle Man, who smiles through all her bullying like a love hungry puppy who doesn t know any better I think we re used to hearing stories like t [...]

  2. Great child accessible portrayal of the era from Vietnam to gender roles, the hippy movement and moon landing Add to that a great story of friendship and keeping an open mind and you ve got a book that has it all One harsh moment realizing my childhood is now historical fiction sigh

  3. For once you can see why a main character is so annoying Tammy hates her new next door neighbor because he has taken the place in foster care of what had been her best friend Everything revolves around her hurts and needs so what if her friend and her friend s mom have to go into hiding because of the father , which is fairly typical for an adolescent But her parents seem to be the same Her mother is only involved in her soap operas and her father uses his job, which he seems to hate, as a club [...]

  4. What did you like most about this book The time period was a favorite element in this book I love the late 60 s and the innocence that seemed to still exist During the summer all of the neighborhood kids would get all worked when the heard the ice cream truck coming They would play endless games of kickball, and have special meetings to decide quarrels I also really liked Douglas, AKA Muscle Man McGinty He s a sweet soul who is a foster kid, but all Tamara knows is that her best friend Kebsie do [...]

  5. Best first line I ve read in a long while Muscle Man McGinty is a squirrelly runt, a lying snake, and a pitiful excuse for a ten year old.Lots here to like This is the first kids novel I can remember reading where we see everything from the point of view of an antagonistic character Tamara is kind of a bully Okay, she s a pretty big bully to Muscle Man Don t know if she treats anyone else that way, but from her references to being grounded all the time and kids rolling their eyes at her make me [...]

  6. So you know how everyone s buzzing about When You Reach Me I m going to go out on a limb here and brace myself on the inevitable tar and feather treatment that I m expecting as a response to this statement.I liked this book better.Both books have a lot of similar features Both books have amazingly beautiful yet efficient writing, where words are not wasted Both are works of historical fiction this one takes place in 1969 In both stories, the main characters learn some lessons about friendship an [...]

  7. I was fortunate to receive a copy of Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle And Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me by Nan Marino from Roaring Brook Press This is a sweet, funny story set in upstate New York just before the moon landing, focusing on a group of neighborhood children who have their own hierarchy and rules Tammy, the narrator, can t stand the newcomer to the neighborhood, a scrawny boy she mockingly dubs Muscle Man He tells outrageous lies, the most recent of which is that Neil Armstrong is [...]

  8. What a delightful book While the world watches Neil Armstrong take his first step on the moon in 1969, the town of Massapequa Park grieves the loss of a young 18 year old man who will never return When Tamara s brother s best friend Vinnie dies in the battlefield of Viet Nam, she learns to look at life differently A few months earlier, Douglas McGinty moved to town, residing in a home of a lovely woman who takes in foster children Tamara s best friend was a foster child in this home, and she des [...]

  9. From the title I expected a story about an older person Muscle Man McGinty I expected a grown up not a scrawny, scrapping 10 year old The story is told from the point of view of Tamara who lives on Ramble street in a small town in New York Tamara s friends from the neighborhood have formed a kickball club complete with their own governing committee Tamara s family is eccentric to say the least and they always seem to be on the outside looking in at neighbors parties and other events Tamara acts [...]

  10. Excellent historical fiction for middle grade readers Set in the summer of 1969, the story follows Tamara, whose best friend has unexpectedly moved away, only to be replaced by a boy who manages to get away with telling outrageous lies and winning everyone else s friendship The emotional story of their unlikely friendship is a surprise Just who is the bad guy here Well, nobody A fast moving, thoughtful, and often humorous look into the friendship and family dynamics of a small town neighborhood [...]

  11. Someone I was discussing this book with remarked that it perfectly captured the voice of a 10 year old girl, and I think that s its best and most noticeable quality This novel captures the summer in 1969 when 10 year old Tamara is devastated by the loss of her best friend and decides to take some of her grief out on the new foster kid who s taken moved into the old friend s home, who she s nicknamed Muscle Man McGinty With the sense of justice of a 10 year old, Tammy is always hoping others in t [...]

  12. Besides having a fabulous cover, this book is truly amazing Hidden in these 154 pages is the story of Tamara, a girl from a world where playing outside is the pinnacle of summer fun, the ice cream truck marks the start and finish of your freedom, and Neil Armstrong is about to land on the moon for the first time In the summer of 1969, Muscle Man McGinty has just moved in Kebsie, Tammy s best friend, used to live with McGinty s foster mother, but now he does Muscle Man is a liar, and this drives [...]

  13. This book is an absolute gem I ran out to my car at 11 30 at night because I had left my copy in there and NEEDED to find out what happened next to Tamara and Muscle Man.The author does a fabulous job of capturing some of the major moments of the summer of 69, without hitting you over the head with it And in this age of vampires and other super ghoulies, she reminds us there is enormous tension in a very real childhood the loss of a best friend, neighborhood kickball games and imperfect families [...]

  14. What an excellent offering for young adults This slim book should be an easy read for the 8 12 crowd, and offers some important life lessons about loss and dreams and rushing to judgment In this first person account, Tamara speaks with a clear and wonderful voice that really captures the petulant anger and confusion of a young girl whose best friend moved away without advance notice or a forwarding address I enjoyed this novel and recommend teachers consider it for possible inclusion in a school [...]

  15. I enjoyed this yarn well enough interesting unreliable narrator with no insight into her bullying ways, rich neighborhood setting in a time where kids were kicked out of the house in the mornings and roamed the neighborhoods until dinnertime, where the Mr Softee truck was welcomed The narrator sounded appropriately young but the breathiness of the performance distracted me.

  16. An older book off my library shelves that literally took an afternoon to read The nicknames, games, and events in this book set in 1969 make for good reading in 3rd 4th grade and up I loved the relationship between Muscle Man and Tamara A worthy read.

  17. This one really grew on me as I read it to a bunch of middle school boys Tamara and Muscle Man both have issues, which makes them absolutely endearing.

  18. Whisper historical fiction in a kid s ear and you may see them blanch and cringe at the thought Ugh History And history in fiction For many a kid it conjures up thoughts of dry, required reading Titles that are supposed to teach and inform even as they entertain read bore Kids with a penchant for historical fiction know that there s a wide swath of titles out there to enjoy, but too often it s the dull ones that end up on the Summer Reading lists Books of historical fiction that are set during r [...]

  19. I sorta like this book, and I can definitely feel the same feelings Tamara is feeling good book, but not really my favorite Probably good for a short story for Accelerated Reading or something.

  20. Every once in a while how far apart is impossible to predict a character in a novel will come who is unique, and special, and somehow digs deep into a person s heart and mind to make a permanent home there This is the case with Muscle Man McGinty I can t really even put my finger on why I found him to be so endearing it s one of those visceral things that just is, that one doesn t question, because its reality is so certain In my view, this entire book flows from the character of Muscle Man The [...]

  21. To be honest, I don t know how this book will go over with other readers of this story.The themes in this story doesn t just encompass Woodstock, but rather much and much less serious than that NEIL talks about everything from landing on the moon to gender roles to best friends leaving to death There are many good things in this story, but I think the most debated issue about this book is the fact that the main character is a bully without even realizing it.Tamara is upset that Muscle Man McGin [...]

  22. Tamara Simpson is having a rough summer Her best friend, Kebsie, was a foster child living with the woman across the street and she s moved back in with her mother A new boy, Douglas, has moved in Tamara calls him Muscle Man because he s so scrawny Tamara resents Muscle Man because he s taken Kebsie s place and he tells lies that no one else seems to notice Among other things, he claims to be training for the Olympic swimming team and says that Neil Armstrong is his uncle When he challenges the [...]

  23. After finishing this, I read a review talking about how refreshing it was to read a story as told from the perspective of a bully.I think we read different books.While I suppose the bully angle sort of makes sense, it doesn t work for me To me, Tamara the narrator was a bratty loner no one likes or really pays attention to rather than a bully Bullies command attention Bullies invoke fear Bullies are not mocked by all of the neighborhood kids and treated as a joke Anyway, the plot Tamara is horri [...]

  24. It s the summer of 1969, and Tamara Simpson is missing her BF and confidant, Kebsie who up and moved away She was living in foster care with Mrs Kutchner, Tamara s neighbor, until a few days ago Who moved in, but Muscle Man McGinty, who stretches the truth and tells whoppers every chance he getske Neil Armstrong is his uncle, like he sang on broadway, like he can beat the whole kickball team single handedly Yet, he is a schmoozer and usually gets his way and has the whole neighborhood listening [...]

  25. Set in the summer of 1969 just before the moon landing of Apollo 11, this book tells the story of Tamara Simpson Tamara s best friend just moved away unexpectedly, and a new kid seems intent on taking her place Muscle Man McGinty is a mealy little worm, according to Tamara, and she wonders why she s the only one who sees his outlandish stories he s training to be an Olympic swimmer, Neil Armstrong is his uncle, he can beat the entire neighborhood in kickball as the lies they are Tamara becomes o [...]

  26. When I read the synopsis of this book I wasn t really sure what I was getting into, and I found myself pleasantly surprised I enjoyed the fact that this book is historical fiction from the 1960 s and combats issues of things happening during that time period but also with issues that kids, no matter the time face The 10 year old Tammy who is telling us the story gives us life from her quirky perspective and with all of her childish reasoning you have no reason to doubt her The book took on issue [...]

  27. Narrated by Emily Bauer As the world is on the verge of seeing men land on the moon, Tamara is enjoying summer kickball games on Ramble Street with the other kidseveryone that is except a new boy she s dubbed Muscle Man McGinty She s fed up with his tall tales see the book s title and wants to prove him for the liar he is When he willingly takes on all the kids in a kickball game, Tamara knows this is the big opportunity for him to finally admit he s a loser Actually, life experienced eyes will [...]

  28. Tammy, the narrator of this book, is exactly the same age as me we were both 10 years old in 1969 when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon This kept me interested as the author gets lots of details about this time in the U.S exactly right However, Tammy is a really unpleasant kid and it is hard to feel sympathy for her as you read the book She is angry that her best friend has moved from a foster care home in her neighborhood and is determined to dislike the boy who moved in to replace her Musclem [...]

  29. It s summer, so all the kids are out of school and running around the neighborhood Their days are filled with kickball and ice cream Unfortunately Tammy just isn t happy Her best friend moved away and a boy has moved into her old house Tammy nicknames him Muscle Man and hates hearing all his lies even worse, no one else, even the adults, calls Muscle Man out on the lies As summer stretches on and the realities of Vietnam hit home, things change even for Tammy and the neighborhood The story culm [...]

  30. The voice of Tamara Simpson, the first person narrator, is distinct and original Tamara is a feisty character troubled by the loss of her best friend Kebsie Kebsie has suddenly moved away with her birth mother, and Douglas McGinty appears to have taken Kebsie s spot as Mrs Kutchner s new foster child Muscle Man McGinty tells lie after lie, and Tamara can not believe that these lies go unnoticed by everyone around Her earnest disbelief is part of what makes her so childlike and painfully amusing [...]

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