Cottonwood Summer '45, the latest novel in the Cottonwood series, continues the tradition of delivering an entertaining, richly-detailed reminiscence of home-front America during the summer of 1945, as well as details of the closing events of World War II. The last days of the war have a profound effect on America, as witnessed by the citizens of Riverton, Michigan, and Nashville, Tennessee, the settings of this fast-paced story in which Jase and his best friend Danny, the heroes of the Cottonwood novels, are plagued by yet another passel of bad guys. When the story opens, Danny has disappeared, along with a desperate German POW bent on making his way back to the Fatherland. With Danny as his hostage, he too falls victim to the wit and valor of the villain-vanquishing team. On their train trip to Nashville, our heroes are robbed but quickly identify the crook. Next, by capturing a nasty Nazi POW, they are awarded the Key to the City by Nashville's mayor. This action opens the doors to the exciting sights and sounds of Nashville in 1945. You'll weep as Danny causes the accidental death of a dear friend. And you'll marvel at how the duo deals with their first experience with racial disintegration. And you'll laugh aloud at the antics of Danny as his clairvoyance and intelligence bewilder pompous politicians and unfortunate criminals alike. Gary Slaughter's previous novels --Cottonwood Spring, Cottonwood Winter: A Christmas Story, Cottonwood Fall, and Cottonwood Summer -- were named finalist in six prestigious book awards for fiction writing in the categories of adult fiction and young-adult fiction. Based on early reviews, Cottonwood Summer '45 is his best
Product Details Hardcover: 400 pages Publisher: Fletcher House (June 1, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0974420654 ISBN-13: 978-0974420653 Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.8 x 1.5 inches Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies) Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews) Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,031,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) Did we miss any relevant features for this product? Tell us what we missed. Would you like to update product info, give feedback on images, or tell us about a lower price? Editorial Reviews Review As the war comes to an end, hope seems to be the future. Cottonwood Summer 45 follows the two young folks in the waning summer of 1945, whose wild imagination finds them butting heads with those who want to threaten their neighborhood. With humor and a touch of childhood naivety, Cottonwood Summer '45 is another fun entry into Gary Slaughter s Cottonwood series, very much recommended. --Small Press Bookwatch (April 2012) Gary Slaughter combines personal memory with extensive research in the creation of his Cottonwood novels, which are based on his own childhood during World War II. Slaughter grew up in Owosso, MI, near a German prisoner-of-war camp, and his novels begin with this little-remembered facet of American life during the war years. The final book in the series, Cottonwood Summer '45, brings the novel's young protagonists, Jase and Danny, to Nashville as they continue their adventures. --Humanities Tennessee, Chapter 16 (May 2012)
The Cottonwood series, all five books, is a fun read. Particularly for the younger set, those in the 10-to-18 year age group. But the fictional stories set in Riverton, MI, a thinly disguised Owosso of the 1940s, are not a bad read for older folks either. Interlaced with the fictional adventures of the young Jase Addison and Danny Tucker are factual events of the time and the "Big War" as it wound down in 1945. --The Argus-Press (April 2012) There's also some history and author's notes throughout the book. I think the novel is nicely laid out. I enjoyed lists being written as the characters would see them. If only all history books were as entertaining, more kids would read. It's really a good way to present that time period to the younger generation. They can read what it was like for Americans who were at war, having to deal with racism and women trying to find their way. There's bits of story, personal notes, history information and more that spark interest. I kept thinking, Oh. Ah. Oh, really. Huh, what'll ya know. Endless information. --The Lit Critic. (June 1, 2012) This was the first book I have read in the Cottonwood series. I feel the author did a great job in including lots of interesting history. And while I think these books are enjoyable to adults, I think a younger reader would really love this. I know my children will, once they are old enough to read. --bookgateway.com (May 20, 2012) It's not the kind of book that I would normally read but it continues to draw me in. It's sort of old fashioned and sweet. I find myself laughing at the two boys and loving the descriptions of an earlier time as well as learning more about what it was like at that time in our country's history. --Books, Thoughts and a Few Adventures (June 8, 2012) Cottonwood Summer '45 is part of a series of books that are a throwback to a simplier time. Danny has been kidnapped! Jase knows that he must save his friend and sets out to do just that! What follows is a somewhat improbab
Cottonwood Summer '45 is part of a series of books that are a throwback to a simplier time. Danny has been kidnapped! Jase knows that he must save his friend and sets out to do just that! What follows is a somewhat improbable tale of hunt and chase to Nashville, TN, (a delightful description if the WWII city is included). These boys solve their problems while learning about the inequities of life in pre-civil rights South. The book is written in an easy-to-read fashion and the boys make enjoyable heroes. The descriptions of back-in-the-olden days, small town life are well written and full of heartfelt nostalgia for a time long gone by. --Patty Woodland, Broken Teepee. (June 8, 2012. About the Author Gary Slaughter grew up in a small town where he carefully observed life on the World War II home front. Upon graduation from the University of Michigan, he served as an office on naval destroyers. Over the years, he has written extensively and lectured widely on the management of corporate information technology. In 1999, he began writing the Cottonwood series. Gary and his wife Joanne make their hiome in Nashville,Tennessee. Cottonwood Spring was a popular fiction finalist for the 2010 Benjamin Franklin Award and a finalist for young-adult fiction for the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Cottonwood Winter: A Christmas Story was an adult fiction finalist for the ForeWord 2008 Book of the Year Award and a finalist for both the general fictrion and young-adult fiction for the 2008 Indie Book Awards. Cottonwood Fall was a popular fiction finalist for the 2007 Benjamin Franklin Award.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful For fans of Tom Sawyer and WWII History Buffs By Julie on June 4, 2012 Format: Hardcover Danny is back at it in this fifth installment of Cottonwood Summer '45. When the series first started the characters were compared to Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn by literary taste-maker John Siegenthaller. I couldn't agree more! But, rather than a small Missouri town, they are from a small town in Michigan near a prisoner camp - and life on the homefront during WWII. The boys manage to get themselves to Nashville and in the process meet the "real" literary gigant John Seigenthaller. This book is appropriate for people 12 to 120 years old! And will be enjoyed by all for good clean fun and plenty of history and little-known facts of the time-period tucked in. Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful Entertaining and historical By Prudence E. Holzhausen on May 18, 2012 Format: Hardcover This book is entertaining and well written. The author's notes and history about World War II make the book truly come to life. The main characters, Jase and Danny, are the children we all want to have, mischievous, curious and lovable. Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No