There's a Tick in my Underwear!

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When you’re a 12-year-old city slicker whose hobbies are chasing the ice-cream truck, developing movie-star crushes and anticipating your first kiss, the last place you want to spend your summer vacation is with your parents in a rustic cabin in the New Hampshire wilderness. Journey back to 1962, when I, along with my city friend, Janet, learned all about nature...and country boys. More

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About Sally Breslin

Sally Breslin was born and raised in New Hampshire, where she still resides, so she is a true New Englander through and through. She knew at a young age her passion was writing. During summer vacations from school, she would sit on the front steps of her tenement building and write books. Each day, groups of neighborhood children would gather and she would read the next chapter to them. She also started keeping a journal when she was 12, and has continued to do so every day since. She says her journals are like having her own time machine because, for example, she can look up what she ate for breakfast or watched on TV back in November of 1963.

Her work first was published in the 1960s when she wrote for her high school's newspaper and also became a stringer for a New York-based magazine called Datebook, which provided her with the opportunity to interview many of the famous entertainers of that era. For over 20 years, she worked as a newspaper correspondent and photographer for a number of newspapers. From 1984 –2013 she also interpreted dreams in her weekly newspaper column, "Dreams...with Sally Breslin," which led to a regular spot on WJYY radio as “The Dream Lady.” Since 1994, she has been writing a weekly humor column, "My Life," which currently is published in several New England newspapers. In 1996, Sally was named the New Hampshire Press Association’s columnist of the year. She also has taught humor-writing classes for Concord Community Education. Her short stories have been published in dozens of magazines and also in the books: "A Second Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul," "Chicken Soup for the Soul at Christmas," "The Dog Really Did That?," and "Belly Laughs and Babies," for which she won a national humor-writing contest.

Her first novel, "There’s a Tick in my Underwear!," which is based on her 1962 journal, is a coming-of-age story about camping and young love, and has earned impressive ratings on the majority of booksellers’ websites.

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Review by: Denise Prudhomme on Aug. 21, 2012 :
Loved this story! Enjoyed!
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)
Review by: Liza Menario on Aug. 9, 2012 :
This is a cute "coming of age" in the early 60's. Well written and funny!
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
Review by: James Barnes on July 28, 2012 :
Good stuff from a terrific author. This is a coming of age story about the summer adventures of a pre-teen girl, but it's a good story for anyone who recalls growing up in the sixties, girl or boy. There are some fine characterizations and a story that just skips along with some very funny images. A very readable story that can be enjoyed over and over again.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Review by: Kathleen Carpenter on July 26, 2012 :
I truly loved this book. It took me back to my time as a pre- teen, discovering boys....discovering myself. I remembered the summer adventures my best friend and I had. I laughed at things I had forgotten. The horror of dressing up and having to wear a rubber girdle in the summer heat. My first bra, my first boyfriend , testing and trusting my instincts. I cried too...tears of sadness and shock. Sally captures those days with a clarity I have not seen before. This was a great read, an ISLAND OF WARMTH in these troubling times. I plan to read it again.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
Review by: pamina wallace on July 25, 2012 :
This book is fantastic, it takes the reader on a journey through different times, it makes you smile, laugh and feel emotional, I hope lots of people buy it as it's a great read. I look forward to more writing from Sally as she has such a wonderful way with words, a true author.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Laura Ballard on July 15, 2012 :
This book made me feel like I was there with the author, her friends and family enjoying every adventure with them, having fun, growing up and meeting new people.

The book is funny, entertaining and hard to "put down".

The story will lift your spirts, make you laugh and want to go to a more simple time. What a super book!
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
Review by: colleen kennedy on July 8, 2012 :
This book will surely amuse every reader. I found myself laughing out loud and remembering my summer days as a child as well. It's a "feel good" book. I recommend to anyone who needs some reading fun and go down their own childhood lane.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

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