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Billy Creekmore: A Novel by Tracey
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He is a motherless child,
a coal miner,
a circus star,
a con artist,
and a survivor.
This is the tale of Billy Creekmore, a young boy with mystifying powers
and the gift of storytelling. But his life in the Guardian Angels Orphanage is
cruel and bleak, and when a stranger comes to claim Billy, he sets off on
an extraordinary journey. From the coal mines of West Virginia to the world
of a traveling circus, he searches for the secrets of his past, his future, and
his own true self.
Personal Review: Billy Creekmore: A Novel by Tracey Porter
In the early 1900's, "The Guardian Angels Home for Boys" is anything but.
In this grim setting in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia, ten-
year-old Billy Creekmore exists - barely. The most that Billy can hope for
is that Mr. Colder will take him away to work in the glassworks when he is
twelve. When a friend reports back about the true conditions of the
glassworks, that hope dies hard. Overhearing that Mr. Colder is going to
employ him despite his tender age, Billy prepares to run away.
Fortuitously, a long-lost relative turns up and whisks Billy away to his first
Billy's misadventures are legion, taking him from the orphanage through
the pre-union coal mines into a traveling circus. Along the way, Billy meets
his biological father and tries mightily and ultimately unsuccessfully to
believe in the goodness of this unsavory circus grifter. Misfortunes,
however, do not harden Billy's good heart. As a protagonist, Billy is a
sweet-natured charmer of animals and people -- including readers.
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