Archie's Gold

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“A spellbinding juvenile mystery novel that is sheer magic." - Michele Rooney Literary Agency ***** “…I was charmed by Archie.” – The Rights Factory *****

Archie Crane shines shoes on the mean streets of a tough blue collar town amidst ex-cons, drunks, and dirty cops. When he finds a stolen golden coin in his money can he's thrown into a world of trouble where everyone wants a piece of the pie. More

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About E. R. Yatscoff

Most mysteries and suspense novels have to do with cops, lawyers, and PIs. My protagonist is a firefighter and is the first firefighter pulp fiction in Canada. True grit and reality are my writing tenets.
My juvenile/middle grade/chapter books have no magic wands, wise talking creatures, vampires, or parallel worlds. I write stories about children, not so much specifically for children. Many adults enjoy my writing because of this. My stories are about unassuming boys who get in trouble and must prove themselves and show the world they have hearts of lions. There's fighting, conflict, loyalty, bullies, integrity, and courage. I've read samples to Grade 4 and 5 students and garnered excellent reviews.

I was born in Welland, Ontario, a blue-collar town in the Niagara Peninsula. Backpacked the world and lived in Australia. I've worked as a paperboy, grocery clerk, sales rep, iron worker, framer, painter, mink ranch hand, assembly line rubber factory, concrete laborer, cherry picker, framer, freelance astronaut (no offers), boilermaker apprentice, electrician, various sales jobs, delivery driver, father, coach, and career firefighter and officer for 32 years. I've also played drums in the Black Gold Big Band for 8 years.

I retired as fire captain with Edmonton Fire Rescue, a large Canadian metro fire service. I live in Beaumont, Alberta with Gloria, whom I met on a freighter/passenger ship from Jakarta to Singapore. My writing has garnered several awards in a few genres. I've climbed the Great Wall of China, witnessed the first revolution in Grenada, and snorkeled beside a marlin. I travel widely, do a bit of fishing and boating, drink demon rum, manage a writers group, do occasional renos, and sit on my butt outside in the good weather reading a decent book. My writing work consists of travel articles, YA, juvenile, how-tos, and has garnered several awards. Check out my website for some excellent short stories.

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Review by: David Dostaler on April 13, 2012 : star star star star star
This book is part of a semi-series of three Children's Fiction books by E.R. Yatscoff. The other two books are: Ransom and Out on a Limb. I'm fairly sure the main character is the same in the other two books but I'm not sure if it's the same one with Archie's Gold. It definitely seems very similar.

I found this book of a much higher quality of writing than the other two. I'm not sure exactly why this is. Perhaps the author's writing was maturing by this point. The content of all three books is quite funny and interesting. The stories remind me of the stories my Dad told me of his childhood. Tree forts, outrageous endeavors, and generally just being a very exuberant little kid.

Archie's Gold is about a kid named Archie who helps an old drunk Named Freddie by walking him from the bar down a dangerous street for mutual protection (Archie shines shoes at the bar to make money to visit his Dad who is separated from his mother who will now have nothing to do with the father).

One day the old drunk drops a gold coin in his nickel collection cup for shoe shining. Not long after the old man passes all his 40 some gold coins on to Archie who is basically his only friend and then soon dies afterwards.

Things get complicated when two cops and a load of people start harassing Archie and trying to get a piece of the gold coins. Archie plays it pretty cool for a kid his age and puts his trust in a man named Lyle Raintree who is perhaps one of the most interesting characters in the book.

Lyle helps out Archie and sells the gold coins (which were stolen by someone else long ago before Freddie got them) and passes the money on to Archie. Not only that, Lyle sets up a meeting between Archie and his father at the end of the book.

At its heart this is a story about a boy who wants to reconnect with his father, and finally succeeds. It's a good tale, and it's well-told. There is also a fire-fighter angle because E.R. Yatscoff is a firefighter and according to his blog "1st in Canadian Firefighting Fiction".

I hope this review helps you make a more informed decision on whether to buy this book or not. I'd recommend checking out the sample to see if it's your kind of story or not.

--David.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: MP Publishing on April 08, 2012 : star star star star star
A story I really enjoyed after my kid read it. A host of good characters, mostly adult that interact with Archie who's a brave boy shining shoes in the evening in front of a hotel. I melted into the street scenes and ex-cons and the blue-collar town. I rooted for Archie as he does his best to get back with his father. The author draws a good picture I think of the 1960s. Highly recommend this one.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: MP Publishing on April 08, 2012 : (no rating)
A story I really enjoyed after my kid read it. A host of good characters, mostly adult that interact with Archie who's a brave boy shining shoes in the evening in front of a hotel. I melted into the street scenes and ex-cons and the blue-collar town. I rooted for Archie as he does his best to get back with his father. The author draws a good picture I think of the 1960s. Highly recommend this one.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Helen Rose on Sep. 06, 2011 : star star star star star
Archie, the main character is a brave young man who must struggle through some great problems to rejoin his father. The story has good imagery of the streets and characters. At times there is a sense of hopelessness as the boy gets in so much trouble he doesn't know what to do. The kid has a heart of gold and manages to pull up his socks and get things done. My son read it and liked it,especially some of the quirky characters like Boogie. I read it, too and thinks its a pretty good read especially about life in the 60's. Shoeshine boys are hard to find these days but apparently used to be everywhere so its a bit of history, too. Archie is a fighter, a brave boy. I read the other book by this writer Ransom and liked it, too so I'm a fan now.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: C KYM on Sep. 02, 2011 : star star star star star
The characters in here are wonderful esp. Freddie Fox. And I loved Archie. There's a dark feeling to this story that gives it great atmosphere and suspense. Many great characters circle around the boy and his gold coins in the tough town. Archie is a sympathetic character who feels alone and frightened in a tough world although he puts on a brave face. The sub-plot with Boogie a mean kid and Archie’s foe, puts extra stress on Archie and he's outclassed. The story reminds me of Oliver Twist. The author’s site says he has several more coming soon.. I’m a fan. Hope they’re all this good. Many stars!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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