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Robert E. Simmons is a retired professor of creative writing, English literature and linguistics. He has written essays on William Blake; a book about stylistics; a book about urban Canada; two musical comedies; several plays; and poetry as well as fiction. He lives with his wife in Toronto and is active in writing groups, art groups and community theatre. He designed the covers of his books. He is currently working on a book about William Blake called How to read William Blake: and why you should.
on Feb. 09, 2013 :
The Fellowship of the Bridge by Robert E Simmons, Smashwords, December, 2012
* Young Adult, fiction
This is an adventure story with a difference: five young teenagers decide to build a bridge across
their river. Guided by a book about bridges, and using their own physical strength to shape the
pieces of wood and to haul them into position, they work together through the hot days of a
southern Ontario summer. It isn't easy to keep the project a secret from their parents, and, more
importantly, from the local bully who threatens to destroy it.
This story is finely crafted. It has a good pace. It is clear and easy to read yet treats the reader
to some fine lyrical passages. The writing is very visual. The characters of Jim and Joe, Judy
and Felix, Liz, and the bully, Mel, are created with sharp observation and gentle sensitivity.
This is a story about friendship and fun, about achievement, and about learning to be wise. The
Fellowship of the Bridge has all the elements of classic storytelling. Highly recommended.
St John's, Newfoundland
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Jan. 30, 2013 :
This story moves along nicely and keeps the reader interested.
I'm impressed by the civil engineering in it. The author is clearly well versed in the physics of bridges.
The ending works well, and a pleasant outcome. Nice ideas for kids to follow!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Jan. 13, 2013 :
This is a great young-adult story about adventures, friendship, coming of age, standing up to bullies and doing the right thing. The setting is nostalgic and evocative and the writing is unsentimental and sharp. Highly recommended!
(reviewed the day of purchase)