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The Central Avenue Boys and the Palmetto Street Tigers

An interfaith Christmas story during the 1947 Brooklyn Blizzard.

By Dov Silverman

Copyright 2012, Smashwords edition

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This story takes place in the same neighborhood and time period as Pete Hamil's Best Seller, Snow in August.  It is an account of awakening youth, the reality of gritty streets and the potential of American adolescence.

This Brooklyn neighborhood is still in the Depression.  Three groups of teenagers are the focus.  Little Pauly, leader of the Comanches is trying to recruit the Central Avenue Boys and Palmetto Street Tigers into his gang of thieves and street fighters.

Tommy Boy wants to be thought of as a boy so she can support her handicapped parents.  She feels her parents wanted and need a son to support them.  She awakens to her first infatuation, experiences her first kiss and wears her first dress

Fat Vinty, a brilliant student leads the Palmetto Street Tigers.  He feels unwanted by his father because he is overweight.  He is tempted by Little Pauly; leader of the Comanche's to bring his friends into this gang as a way of making money, gaining respect from friends and family.

Dutchy Moran is the quintessential natural leader of the Central Avenue Boys.  His mother, widowed in WWII, receives her husband's government insurance money, and abandons Dutchy with an alcoholic neighbor.  Dutchy fears being sent to an orphanage and is tempted by Little Pauly's offer as a way to save himself.  Tarzan, Dutchy's little mongrel dog and Tommy boy are the only two he confides in.

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