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Phillip and Dickie
Phil Stokes
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Phillip and Dickie is an adventure comedy for everyone from pre-teen to adult. If you grew up in the 1940's, it wil take you back to your own childhood.

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Imagine Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn growing up in Oakland, California in the 1940'ââ‚'‚¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¾--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢s in a large family with a small budget and you will begin to understand the obstacles Phillip and Dickie face and the strategies they must discover for coping with them 'ââ‚'‚¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¦ two clever little kids who find ingenious and often hilarious ways to overcome life'ââ‚'‚¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¾--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢s inequities, complicated by Mr. Devereaux'ââ‚'‚¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¾--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢s oath to make them pay for their transgressions. After robberies in the neighborhood, a truck running over their best friend Lemuel, a woman thrown out of a two-story apartment window, and a swastika painted on their friend Mrs. Levine'ââ‚'‚¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¾--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢s garage door, Phillip and Dickie move to what their parents hope is a safer neighborhood only to find that the sinister truck driver (Mr. Devereaux) who ran over Lemuel lives across the street from them. Devereaux sets out to 'ââ‚'‚¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚¹--¢â‚¬Â¦ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…"make them pay'ââ‚'‚¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¾--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢ once Phillip and Dickie destroy much of his garden going through his yard to get to the candy store. Devereaux'ââ‚'‚¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¾--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢s attempts to make them pay conflict with Phillip and Dickie'ââ‚'‚¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¾--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢s notion of justice and they respond by humiliating Devereaux. This, and Devereaux'ââ‚'‚¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¾--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢s belief that Phillip and Dickie know about Devereaux killing a boy four years earlier leads to a deadly confrontation in which Phillip outwits the old man and saves Dickie'ââ‚'‚¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¾--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢s life. As a result, Phillip wins a lovely girl's affection.

While the escalating battle with Devereaux proceeds to its fatal conclusion, Phillip and Dickie contend with the inequities they perceive in their neighborhood and at school. We follow them through their attempts to settle their differences and to establish rules of fair play, through their encounters with the nuns at St. Augustine'ââ‚'‚¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¾--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢s and the neighborhood 'ââ‚'‚¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚¹--¢â‚¬Â¦ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…"toughs'ââ‚'‚¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¾--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢, through 'ââ‚'‚¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚¹--¢â‚¬Â¦ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…"Coding the Apples'ââ‚'‚¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¾--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢, 'ââ‚'‚¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚¹--¢â‚¬Â¦ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…"the Car Fare Caper'ââ‚'‚¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¾--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢, and through their attempts to create a spiritual plane on which they can slide. We see how their worldview is distorted by the pronouncements of Walter Finale, who they consider the seat of all wisdom. They trust Walter Finale to the end. But is he worthy of that trust?

Morimoto'ââ‚'‚¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¾--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢s Sunshine Grocery was across the street, kitty-corner from 5509 Gaskill Street. The shelves along the windows were so jammed with canned goods and boxes that very little sun entered the Sunshine Grocery. The Morimotos, who had bought the store from the original owner in the 1920'ââ‚'‚¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¾--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢s, were quiet people with soft voices and half smiles. They always bowed when adults came into the store. They lived above the store, but they had a room in the back where they ate their strange lunches, read the Tribune, and listened to the large radio that sat on a shelf which extended out over the table. Phillip and Dickie suspected the radio was really a disguised short-wave radio and the Morimotos used it to send vital information, like where their house was, to the Japanese army and navy. They were convinced of that when they heard about the sighting of a Japanese submarine just off the coast near Monterey a few days after Dennis was born.

I bet Mr. Morimoto gave the submarine captain secrets.

Yeah, he probly told the planes
where Dad works.

I bet he did.

Three weeks after the submarine sighting, some men came to the Sunshine Grocery and took Mr. and Mrs. Morimoto away. The store stood vacant after that, but two new people moved into the apartment above it, a blond lady, who was not young but not old, who looked like she had been out in the sun too long, and a skinny man with a wrinkled face and a bulbous nose that was purple where the bulb began. Phillip and Dickie never saw Mr. and Mrs. Morimoto again.

Phillip and Dickie ate as many Cherrios and as much Wheaties as they could every morning and grabbed handfuls for snacks during the day until the boxes were empty so they could cut out the models of the Spitfire or the Messerschmidt or the Lightening P-38 or the Volker, printed in full color on the back of the boxes. These cardboard cutouts were quickly assembled into instruments of war for dog fights around the house. Phillip and Dickie had agreed on alternate ownership of the new cereal boxes, but would sometimes argue over who got the plane on

Phillip and Dickie

ISBN: 0974436003
ISBN(13-digit): 9780974436005
Copyright: 2003
Library of Congress: 2003096527
Book Publisher: Da Wong Press
No. of Pages: 375
Paper Weight (lb): 50
Dust Cover: Yes
Acid Free Paper: Yes
Neutral pH Paper: Yes

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