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Were you, or someone you know, a newspaper carrier in your neighborhood as a kid? That is the question, South Park resident, Jim Caldwell, asks his readers to help introduce his latest novel, Marty’s Writings Journal on Amazon.

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Author - Jim Caldwell

In 1954 there were three major newspapers printed daily in Pittsburgh; all with vast subscriptions. Hundreds of adolescent boys and girls delivered them throughout the day. Marty Rinehart had just turned twelve when Mark, a neighbor and his older sister’s unofficial boyfriend, handed down his evening route to him.

It was also the year that a well-liked teacher in his seventh grade inspired her class to write. Marty asked his mom to buy him a large blue notebook and began, many nights after bedtime under the covers with a flashlight, to journal his first year as a carrier.

Life was simpler then: balloons tied on the back wheel of his new bicycle to make it sound like a motorcycle; a richly salted tomato sandwich after a long summer’s day of swimming at the community pool; and a group of friends to shoot baskets with at the hoop hanging on the telephone pole across the street, or play board games on someone’s porch.

Jump on your own bicycle and ride along with Marty on this unsophisticated, sometimes funny, sometimes scary and conflicted, emerging and emotional awakening into maturity. It may provoke your own memories back whenever. Anyone who has walked a paper route, (rain or shine), as a teenage boy or girl, will enjoy this fun-loving tale about Marty, based on a few real-life experiences of the author’s delivering the Post-Gazette in the 1950’s.

To purchase or simply to view Jim’s video detailing the fun in writing this one, visit the new, redesigned web site at: http://www.jrcaldwellnovels.com.

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