Saturday, April 26, 2014

Book Spotlight: The Tree of Young Dreamers by Frank Sousa

Brought up in the Depression, Johnny DaSilva is leader of a fun and imaginative gang that lives out their dreams in the Big Tree in which each has a branch that serves as the Lone Ranger’s Silver, the race car of Morey Amsterdam, the rocket ship of Buck Rogers, the crow’s nest for Black Bart the Pirate.

When World War II broke out, they tried every ruse their young imaginations could think of to get into the marines, army, and navy but had to settle for the Boy Scouts. But the faux pas war to end all wars came too soon for the Big Tree Gang.

Johnny is best described by an aunt as having the millstone around the neck of having a strict English Episcopalian conscience and bucking bronco Portuguese sexual proclivities.

Two girls are in love with him, one wealthy and popular, the other sexually abused and who considered herself a worthless toy, until she met Johnny.

Whatever they knew about the facts of life, male and female, were learned pretty much by trial and error.


Hardcover: 558 pages
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation (April 8, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1493176099
ISBN-13: 978-1493176090

Paperback: 558 pages
Publisher: XLIBRIS (April 10, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1493176102
ISBN-13: 978-1493176106

File Size: 858 KB
Print Length: 666 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Xlibris US (April 10, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English


Frank Sousa is a veteran outdoors writer for the Springfield Republican. An avid outdoorsman, he owns Outdoor Sports Exposition Group and published a sportsmen's monthly newspaper for more than 35 years. The Tree of Young Dreamers is his debut novel. He lives in Granby, MA with his wife, Charlotte. The Sousas have four children, 16 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

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