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Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle & Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-02-22 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 39 user ratings
ISBN:1455894990
LANGUAGE:English

"This one took me back to the summers of my childhood. Tamara feels abandoned when her best friend Kebsie abruptly moves away. The odd kid out in the neighborhood gang, Tamara takes out her hurt on the kid who now occupies Kebsie's house, a skinny, brash, sunny kid who Tamara calls "Muscle Man". MM has a habit of telling whoppers that drives Tamara crazy. Worse, she seems to be the only one cheezed off by this kid--for some reason, the rest of the neighborhood gang lets his "stories' slide. Everyone likes him--even when he tells everyone that his uncle is Neil Armstrong! When MM declares that he can beat everyone at kickball (the neighborhood passion), Tamara believes her day has come--at last everyone will see MM for what he is--a pants-on-fire liar. But the stars align a bit differently for Tamara. " said.

"The voice of Tamara Simpson, the first-person narrator, is distinct and original. Tamara is a feisty character troubled by the loss of her best friend Kebsie. Kebsie has suddenly moved away with her birth mother, and Douglas McGinty appears to have taken Kebsie's spot as Mrs. Kutchner's new foster child. "Muscle Man McGinty" tells lie after lie, and Tamara can not believe that these lies go unnoticed by everyone around. Her earnest disbelief is part of what makes her so childlike and painfully amusing. Author Marion creates a realistic suburban setting that evokes the time of 1969. Neighborhood kids and adults come together for kick-ball games and block parties. Envy seems to underlie Tamara's disdain for the well-mannered and girly MaryBeth and her happy Grabowsky family. Towards the end of the novel, Tamara learns that she is not the only one in Massapequa, New York to have lost someone they love, nor is she the only person in the universe to feel desolate, alone, or empty. " said.

"It’s summer, so all the kids are out of school and running around the neighborhood. Their days are filled with kickball and ice cream. Unfortunately Tammy just isn’t happy. Her best friend moved away and a boy has moved into her old house. Tammy nicknames him “Muscle Man” and hates hearing all his lies; even worse, no one else, even the adults, calls Muscle Man out on the lies. As summer stretches on and the realities of Vietnam hit home, things change even more for Tammy and the neighborhood. The story culminates with the moon landing and an understanding between Tammy and her nemesis.

Nan Marino has crafted a fabulously funny, yet heart-breaking story. The characters were easy to connect with and very realistic. Although intended for a preteen audience, Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle will appeal to all ages. Hopefully it’ll inspire the kids who read it to find out more about the historical events in the book.
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"Tammy, the narrator of this book, is exactly the same age as me--we were both 10 years old in 1969 when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. This kept me interested as the author gets lots of details about this time in the U.S. exactly right. However, Tammy is a really unpleasant kid and it is hard to feel sympathy for her as you read the book. She is angry that her best friend has moved from a foster-care home in her neighborhood and is determined to dislike the boy who moved in to replace her. Muscleman McGinty, the new kid, is delightful and tries really hard to fit in--sometimes by stretching the truth. Tammy despises him, and it is hard to find her likable, since it is clear that there is something really bad going on in this boy's life. Tammy's family is awful and it is obvious that there is a reason for her being so unpleasant, but it was hard to read page after page. The book ends on a hopeful note, but it seemed a bit forced." said.

"When I read the synopsis of this book I wasn't really sure what I was getting into, and I found myself pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the fact that this book is historical fiction from the 1960's and combats issues of things happening during that time period but also with issues that kids, no matter the time face. The 10 year old Tammy who is telling us the story gives us life from her quirky perspective and with all of her childish reasoning you have no reason to doubt her. The book took on issues that I truly didn't expect it would given the title and the first few chapters and it quickly took a turn into a much different book. As an adult I really enjoyed reading how a child viewed a lot of major issues and would process the different things that are going on in the world around her and when the serious issues started to come into play I was intrigued to continue reading. However, I am wondering if the children that are reading this are going to connect with the serious issues and understand what is really taking place." said.

"Set in the summer of 1969 just before the moon landing of Apollo 11, this book tells the story of Tamara Simpson. Tamara's best friend just moved away unexpectedly, and a new kid seems intent on taking her place.

"Muscle Man" McGinty is a mealy little worm, according to Tamara, and she wonders why she's the only one who sees his outlandish stories--he's training to be an Olympic swimmer, Neil Armstrong is his uncle, he can beat the entire neighborhood in kickball--as the lies they are.

Tamara becomes obsessed with showing everyone what a liar Muscle Man really is, until something happens that makes Tamara wonder what Muscle Man's real story is. Why does he tell such tall tales? What could he be hiding, and can Tamara get past her own feelings and make an unexpected friend?

I really enjoyed this book. It even made me cry a little at the end. I think this story gives us a look at what it might have been like for kids who actually got to watch the moon landing and what their lives were really about at that time. There was a lot going on in the world at that time, and, while this book doesn't go into a lot of detail, it does give us a look at how things like the space program and the war in Vietnam had an impact on adults as well as kids.
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"It's the summer of 1969, and Tamara Simpson is missing her BF and confidant, Kebsie who up and moved away. She was living in foster care with Mrs. Kutchner, Tamara's neighbor, until a few days ago. Who moved in, but Muscle Man McGinty, who stretches the truth and tells whoppers every chance he gets...like Neil Armstrong is his uncle, like he sang on broadway, like he can beat the whole kickball team single-handedly. Yet, he is a schmoozer and usually gets his way and has the whole neighborhood listening to his every word...Tamara is infuriated! She wants her friends to see Muscle Man McGinty for what he really is, a liar.

But, what Tamara doesn't know is that McGinty has had his share of heartbreak, has seen loss and sorrow, and he is dealing with his grief. Laughter is his way to do just that. His compassion comes shining through when others need to deal with their own grief in these days of the Vietnam War. Slowly, surely, Tamara accepts Muscle Man for what he is...a boy who is dealing with the most horrific nightmare and just needs a friend.Neil Armstrong is My Uncle & Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me is a story about friendship, compassion, and truth...and a friendship that can ease grief and pain.
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"After finishing this, I read a review talking about how refreshing it was to read a story as told from the perspective of a bully.

I think we read different books.

While I suppose the bully angle sort of makes sense, it doesn’t work for me. To me, Tamara (the narrator) was a bratty loner no one likes (or really pays attention to) rather than a bully. Bullies command attention. Bullies invoke fear. Bullies are not mocked by all of the neighborhood kids and treated as a joke. Anyway, the plot: Tamara is horrified that everyone is giving the new kid and his outlandish tales a pass. It infuriates her, and she’s determined to prove to everyone that he’s a liar. Sounds fun – I certainly remember plenty of times growing up when I wished the grown ups would notice that some kids were suck ups who were real jerks when adults weren’t around.

Anyway. There’s one problem with how this plot unfolds: the absurd suspension of reality required to tell this story. It requires a bunch of people who have no problem telling Tamara she’s out of line to not give her one crucial piece of information – and the only reason I can see not relaying that crucial piece of information is to create a conflict. Lame. I like the idea of a kids’ book set during the Summer of 1969, but I really wish someone had pointed out the faulty foundation upon which this story is built. Not recommended.
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