Vasey, Paul. A Troublesome Boy.
4Q * 3P * S Vasey, Paul. A Troublesome Boy. Groundwood, 2012. 192p. $16.95. 978-1-55498-154-0.
Set in the late 1950s, Teddy is sent away by his mom's live-in boyfriend, Henry, to St. Ignatius, a Catholic reform school for wayward boys. At the age of fourteen, Teddy must endure beatings, time-outs in dark closets, and verbal abuse from the priests. Teddy befriends Cooper, one of dozens of misfits, with a past of neglect and abuse. The two boys use humor and their wits to make the best of St. Iggy's until Father Prince begins to summon Cooper to his room each evening. As Copper spirals into a dark despair, Teddy finds himself the next victim of Father Prince. A tale of physical, mental, and sexual abuse at the hands of a Catholic juvenile detention center, the story flows quickly and effortlessly.
This is a quick read with an unexpected twist. Readers will not want to put it down. Not a story for anyone who likes a happy ending, this is a story that will not be forgotten. Troublesome Boy shows a realistic, yet fictional, aspect of life for teen boys in 1959 in a Catholic run boarding school.--Juli Henley.
4Q Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses.
3P Will appeal with pushing.
S Senior High (defined as grades 10-12).