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On the Balls of My Feet



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On the Balls of My Feet by Joseph J. Del Casino
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On The Balls Of My Feet is about 100 days in the life of a high school freshman opening his eyes for the first time to many new experiences and the anxiety and exhilaration of not knowing what´ s coming next. It´ s the story of a reluctant but curious 13-year-old boy that leaves a sheltered middle class environment to attend Xaltus, a highly competitive school situated several miles from home in a crime ridden inner city neighborhood. Through a series of flashbacks, the boy narrates the story of his early days as a freshman from his perspective as a graduating senior preparing for and taking his last high school exam. The introduction provides a glimpse of the older, wiser senior and briefly introduces some of the important characters around which the story revolves. After a brief encounter with a pre-freshman student and a delay that prevents the senior´ s exam from getting underway, the senior thinks back to his own freshman year. The book consists of two intertwined stories. The first is about a freshman coming to grips with the usual issues, fears and challenges that have faced adolescents throughout time. His plight is heightened by the intellectually and physically demanding setting of his school and the neighborhood in which it resides. We learn about school through the numerous descriptions of his various classes and classmates. There´ s his math teacher, an aging, stern and brilliant mathematician and former contributor to The Manhattan Project. In sharp contrast is his young hippie Chemistry teacher, who our narrator suspects became a teacher to provide access to the means and ingredients of making drugs. His flamboyant and colorful History teacherintroduces him to the gritty (if not sordid) side of European History. A young attractive English teacher stimulates his interest in literature and fuels his adolescent sexual fantasies. Other characters also make lasting impressions on him. In addition to a variety of colorf
Release date Australia
April 1st, 2004
Country of Publication
United States
Xlibris Corporation
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