Chance Murphy and the Battle of Morganville

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9781934087084: Chance Murphy and the Battle of Morganville

Chance Murphy, a 13-year-old living in Morganville, Indiana during the mid 1980s, is full of contradictions. He wants to be a man, but he has the needs of a child; he loves his mentally handicapped sister, but he also resents her and wishes she weren’t such an easy target for the other kids; he is witty, but he embarrasses easily, especially when it comes to dealing with his emerging sexual feelings. Though Chance has a big heart, he has a dark side that surfaces in dreams of nuclear obliteration and manifests into paranoia and an "enemies list"—at the top of which is his archenemy, Otto Manheim, the neighborhood kid. While the tension between the two creates many comical moments, the conflict escalates and finally reaches a boiling point at the bloody battle of Morganville.

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Josh P. McClary has worked in sales and marketing for various educational publishing houses. He devotes his spare time to developing his childhood memories into literature. He lives in Chicago.

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"I felt like I not only knew Chance, but I was part of his life. The descriptive language brought everything to life."  armchairinterviews.com

"A compelling and hilarious drama on the anguish of adolescence."  —Dr. Kenneth Millard, author, Coming of Age in Contemporary American Fiction

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