The City Boy Book Summary and Study Guide

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The City Boy is Wouk's timeless coming-of-age/learning responsibility story about Herbie Bookbinder's summer prior to the eighth grade. Herbie is smart; at school promotions at the beginning of the novel, he skips a grade. He is not, however, athletic, prefering to eat his mother's cooking, rather than play baseball.
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Most of the story takes place outside of the city, where Herbie attends sleepaway camp. Throughout the novel, he struggles to fit in with the other children, developing a relationship with a cute girl, and playing sports. He learns valuable lessons about trusting others, money matters, family responsibility and friendship. Wouk uses lots of humor in his dialogue and descriptions, making this a quick and memorable book.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Age 11-14 Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   grade school

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scholar Age:    -   a kid Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Jewish


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   ranch

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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