|Plot Summary of The City Boy|
|"The City Boy is Wouk's timeless coming-of-age/learning responsibility story about Herbie Bookbinder's summer prior to the eighth grade. Herbie is smart; at school promotions at the beginning of the novel, he skips a grade. He is not, however, athletic, prefering to eat his mother's cooking, rather than play baseball.
Most of the story takes place outside of the city, where Herbie attends sleepaway camp. Throughout the novel, he struggles to fit in with the other children, developing a relationship with a cute girl, and playing sports. He learns valuable lessons about trusting others, money matters, family responsibility and friendship. Wouk uses lots of humor in his dialogue and descriptions, making this a quick and memorable book."
Samantha S., Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The City Boy|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Kids growing up/acting up?
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Age 11-14
Age group of kid(s) in story:
- grade school
- a kid
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Very much smarter than other characters
- quite fatty
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 5 ()
- New York
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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